Coronavirus update for Monday, June 8 as of 2:30 p.m.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS has updated its “COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers” document.  Added since the last version are a new section, on page 14, on altered time lines for Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, along with two modifications:  one on page 10, addressing site-neutral payments for long-term care hospitals, and another on page 13, in support of care for patients in long-term care hospital patients.

CMS – Stakeholder Engagement Calls

CMS hosts recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19.  These sessions are open to members of the health care community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.  Conference lines are limited so CMS encourages interested parties to join via audio webcast.

Calls recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page here.

COVID-19 Office Hours Call

Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and health care systems to increase hospital capacity, expand their workforce, and make greater use of telehealth.

Tuesday, June 9 at 5:00 (eastern)

Toll Free Attendee Dial In:  833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 4892554

Audio Webcast link:  Go here.

COVID Home Health and Hospice Call

Tuesday, June 9 at 3:00 – 3:30 PM (eastern)

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In:  833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 7359947

Audio Webcast Link:  Go here.

COVID Nursing Homes Call

Wednesday, June 10 at 4:30 (eastern)

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In:  833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 9782909

Audio Webcast Link:  Go here.

COVID Dialysis Organizations Call

Wednesday, June 10 at 5:30 (eastern)

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In:  833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 6553907

Audio Webcast Link:  Go here.

COVID Nurses Call

Thursday, June 11 at 3:00 (eastern)

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In:  833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 2863547

Audio Webcast Link: Go here.

Food and Drug Administration


National Institutes of Health

The NIH has issued a news release describing a study that identifies a potential approach to treating severe respiratory distress in patients with COVID-19.

Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service has published a brief new report called “HIPAA, Telehealth, and COVID-19” that takes a high level look at the interplay among these three considerations from a legal perspective.

Federal Funding Opportunities for Hospitals

The National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals has prepared a document that collects and presents in one place the various new federal funding opportunities for hospital resulting from legislation addressing the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Find that document here.