State Medicaid programs are reporting an uptick in enrollment compared with their fiscal year 2020 projections, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. The research, unveiled Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, reveals that nearly all surveyed states that were able to provide projections anticipate their FY 2020 enrollment to grow beyond what was anticipated.
The AHA, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, and AdvaMed today released clinically based guidance to support the safe reentry of medical device representatives into hospitals and other surgical facilities as they resume elective surgeries paused during the COVID-19 pandemic. Building on an April 17 roadmap for safely resuming elective surgery released by the AHA, AORN,
Each year millions of Americans experience living with mental health issues. Raising awareness and reducing the stigma about mental health is especially important during this pandemic. Health care heroes caring for critically-ill patients, comforting families of loved ones suffering in isolation and fearing bringing the virus home to their families is taking a toll on
The Small Business Administration Friday released the application that borrowers must submit to the lender servicing their Paycheck Protection Program loan to request forgiveness for some or all of the loan. The application contains worksheets to calculate whether the borrower qualifies for loan forgiveness and, if so, how much of the loan may be forgiven
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday awarded $10.25 billion from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to states, territories and local jurisdictions, and $750 million to tribal health programs to expand COVID-19 testing capacity and related activities. The funding will help them develop, purchase, administer, process and analyze COVID-19 tests,
The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a $354 million agreement with a private partnership to make more active pharmaceutical ingredients and generic drugs in the United States to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and prevent shortages of essential medicines. Under the four-year agreement, Phlow Corporation will partner with Civica Rx, the nonprofit
The AFL-CIO yesterday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to order the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue within 30 days an emergency temporary standard to protect U.S. workers from COVID-19 under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The AFL-CIO and National Nurses United petitioned OSHA
In response to the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday recommended criteria for state and local officials who are considering how to mitigate risks. The agency addresses the following factors: case status in a nursing home; adequate staffing levels; access to adequate testing; access
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday released early stakeholder insights from its Accountable Health Communities Model. The model tests whether systematically identifying and addressing Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries’ health-related social needs through screening, referral and community navigation services will impact health care costs and reduce health care utilization.
Hospitals can submit their stories of kindness in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic by May 31 to be featured in Reader’s Digest’s Nicest Places in America 2020. The publication is searching for inspiring stories in an effort to demonstrate how Americans come together in kindness to overcome crisis, ease suffering and save lives. Apply here and learn
Health care systems face difficult challenges in their effort to provide safe and effective care not just for COVID-19 patients, but all patients living with serious illness. In this podcast, Marie Cleary-Fishman, vice president of clinical quality at AHA, is joined by Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care at Mt. Sinai
The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, a public-private partnership developed to mitigate threats to the nation’s health care sector, yesterday released guidance and recommendations to help health care organizations protect trade secrets, medical research and other innovation capital from theft. “We at the AHA have been working closely with the field and the
The National Academies of Sciences Engineering, and Medicine yesterday released recommendations for improving outcomes and metrics associated with four grant programs funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help reduce opioid-related harm and promote recovery from substance use disorder. NASEM researchers suggest tools and metrics that, if implemented, could reduce overdose
President Trump today announced plans to expand and restructure the Strategic National Stockpile. The White House said it plans to expand domestic production of supplies and equipment and utilize technology to improve visibility of supply chains. Separately, President Trump signed an executive order assigning authority under the Defense Production Act to the U.S. International Development