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Coronavirus Update for Thursday, June 4

Coronavirus update for Thursday, June 4 as of 2:30 p.m.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Department of Health and Human Services


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has updated its web page on COVID-19 in racial and ethnic minorities.

Food and Drug Administration

  • The

Coronavirus Update for May 28, 2020

Coronavirus update for Thursday, May 28 as of 2:30 p.m.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS has updated its COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare fee-for-service billing with additional or revised answers to the following sections:

  • Expansion of Virtual Communication Services for FQHCs/RHCs – questions 11-23
  • Medicare Telehealth (please note that these FAQs do not include flexibilities that might be exercised under the CARES act) – questions 23-33
  • General Billing Requirements – questions 2 and 3
  • Diagnosis Coding under International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) – question 1
  • Chronic Care Management Services – question 1
  • Outpatient Therapy Services – questions 1-3


Department of Health and Human Services

HHS has redesigned its CARES Act Provider Relief Fund web pageThe new layout maintains the previous section for timely alerts but separates additional information about the Provider Relief Fund into the following categories that each redirect to their own, more detailed pages:  For Providers; About the Provider Relief Fund; Data, and FAQs.  The updated web page also included nuanced changes in the language describing the distribution of CARES Act money.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Update for May 15, 2020

Coronavirus update for Friday, May 15 as of 2:30 p.m.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Coronavirus Update for April 27, 2020

Coronavirus update for Monday, April 27 as of 3:30 p.m.

Department of Health and Human Services

Last Friday HHS deposited its second tranche of CARES Act funding in hospitals’ bank accounts.  We have contacted HHS to inquire about the specifics of the funding formula, whether there are additional future attestation requirements, the timing for the next round of payments, and more.

In the meantime, providers that received Provider Relief Payments in either round of funding should visit the CARES Act General Distribution Portal, where you will be able to provide data that HHS may use to calculate payment distributions from the Provider Relief Fund.  (Other useful resources:  the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund web page and an FAQ on the General Distribution Portal.  Also, please note: the General Distribution Portal is not the same as the Attestation Portal.)

Specifically, the portal is collecting the following four pieces of information:

  1. a provider’s “Gross Receipts or Sales” or “Program Service Revenue” as submitted on its federal income tax return;
  2. the provider’s estimated revenue losses in March 2020 and April 2020 due to COVID;
  3. a copy of the provider’s most recently filed federal income tax return; and
  4. a listing of the

U.S. May Pick Up Tab for Coronavirus Care for the Uninsured

Care for the uninsured who contract the coronavirus may be paid for by the federal government under the National Disaster Medical System program.

That program, activated during national disasters, pays hospitals, doctors, and other medical facilities approximately 110 percent of Medicare rates for hospital and doctor care, home health services, primary care, and rehabilitation services.

The possibility of using the program for this purpose is being discussed within the Trump administration and was raised during a congressional hearing earlier this week by the Department of Health and Human Services’ assistant secretary for preparedness.

Learn more about the National Disaster Medical System, its uses, and how it might be used to help address the cost of caring for uninsured individuals who contract the coronavirus in the Wall Street Journal article “U.S. Weighs Paying Hospitals for Treating Uninsured Coronavirus Patients.”