Healthcare

Recommendations for Health Care Providers in Managing COVID-19

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 is now a pandemic.  The effects continue to be felt in the United States, which now has well over 1,000 confirmed novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.  As of March 12, 2020, nineteen states have declared a state of emergency to ensure there are resources to address the Coronavirus, and President Trump has announced a ban on travel to and from Europe for 30 days starting on Friday, March 13, 2020.  Given the prevalence of the Coronavirus in the U.S. and the growing numbers of cases globally, health care providers should take extra precaution with their patients, employees, and visitors.  As all public health communications are making clear, efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 will not only prevent illness, but they will also reduce the pandemic’s potential to overwhelm critical health care resources.

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Coronavirus legislation allows expanded use of telehealth

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplementation Appropriations Act, signed into law on March 6, 2020, includes the Telehealth Services During Certain Emergency Periods Act of 2020, which gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services authority to expand the use of telehealth within outbreak areas during the current (or a renewal) coronavirus emergency period. Read more…

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CMS updates regarding coronavirus lab tests

CMS is issuing nearly daily updates regarding its actions to support American healthcare facilities and clinical laboratories in responding to COVID-19.

This alert provides a list of some of the more recent information provided by CMS on its current emergencies page: Read more…

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Billions for Coronavirus (COVID-19): New Government Contracts and Grants on the Horizon

Congress is working to advance a strong emergency funding supplemental package, estimated to be between $2.5 billion and $8.5 billion, to fully address the scale and seriousness of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. Working against a timeline to pass a funding package prior to the March 13, 2020, Congressional recess, the supplemental funding for the coronavirus emergency will result in new government contracts, grants, GSA schedule awards, as well as contract modifications. Because of the public health crisis, the government may also issue letter contracts under FAR Part 16.603, et seq., which allows the government to immediately contract for services or supplies with contract definitization at a later date.

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