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House lawmakers advanced a bill aimed at ending shortages in domestic personal protective equipment supply chains to prepare for future pandemics. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform approved H.R. 4470 by a unanimous vote Tuesday. Its next stop is the House floor. The Covid-19 pandemic sent a shock through global supply chains of personal protective equipment, […]

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A coalition of health-care organizations called on medical facilities Tuesday to mandate that their workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying the strategy has worked to fight influenza and other infectious diseases and is necessary to contain the pandemic. “COVID-19 vaccination should be a condition of employment for all healthcare personnel,” the coalition’s statement reads, […]

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Provider relief recipients will not receive an extension beyond Sept. 30 to report use of their relief funds and the burden of proof is on them to show they used the money to prevent, prepare for and respond to the pandemic, HHS staff said Thursday (July 8) during the first COVID-19 relief reporting webinar. Those […]

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Provider relief recipients gained access to their exact reporting requirements Thursday (July 1) after waiting nearly six months — and for some a couple hours more due to the volume of viewers — and received welcome news on details surrounding how HHS wants them to apply their relief to revenue lost due to COVID-19. The […]

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OVERVIEW More than four years after the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law, Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) on Tuesday circulated a discussion draft of their proposed Cures 2.0 legislation, setting the stage for negotiations on the long-awaited legislative package. In addition to proposing new programs and enhancements for the CMS, the 127-page draft bill […]

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Read AHA Letter The American Hospital Association flipped on Tuesday (June 23) from praising HHS’ revised provider relief guidance to saying the phased spending deadlines are unfair and HHS should give all hospitals more time to spend their relief funds — either until the end of the public health emergency or until June 30, 2022, […]

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The Biden administration is giving hospitals and other providers even more time to use coronavirus relief money and apply for more. Yet many of the larger, wealthier hospitals have been back to normal operations for months — and they posted banner profits in 2020. Hospital visits plummeted but have since rebounded. Hospital admissions declined precipitously […]

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On Friday, June 11, HHS announced that it is extending the deadline by which hospitals and other providers that received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments must use their COVID-19 PRF payments. Doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers that received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) money after June 30, 2020, will now have 90 days to report […]

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Doctors, hospitals, and other health-care providers will now have 90 days to report payments received from the government’s coronavirus relief fund after the HHS extended the deadline from 30 days, the agency announcedFriday. The congressionally approved provider relief fund (PRF), administered by the Health and Human Services Department, is designed to help health-care entities that have […]

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Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. The updates include expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, reducing burdens for smaller providers, and extending key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June […]

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