The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 24.

Provider Relief Fund:  A Reminder

The deadline to apply for General Distribution Phase 2 Provider Relief Funds for Medicaid, CHIP, dental, and certain Medicare providers is this Friday, August 28.  Entities that received payments from the initial $30 million distribution and the subsequent $20 million distribution are eligible to apply for additional funding if those payments do not equal at least two percent of their annual net patient revenue.  Go here for information about eligibility and how to apply.​

Department of Health and Human Services

HHS has posted a notice that the FDA must permit the use of certain types of laboratory-developed tests, including diagnostic tests for COVID-19, without the agency’s review and approval of those tests’ efficacy.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS has issued an informational bulletin on Medicare reimbursement strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing facilities. See CMS’s news release about the informational bulletin here and go here to see the bulletin itself.

Food and Drug Administration


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention