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  • FDA Issues Alert Regarding SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation to Health Care Providers and Clinical Laboratory Staff

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Alert Regarding SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation to Health Care Providers and Clinical Laboratory Staff | site |


    Impact on molecular tests remains low


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 8, 2021) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting clinical laboratory staff and health care providers that the FDA is monitoring the potential impact of viral mutations, including an emerging variant from the United Kingdom known as the B.1.1.7 variant, on authorized SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests, and that false negative results can occur with any molecular test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 if a mutation occurs in the part of the virus’s genome assessed by that test. The SARS-CoV-2 virus can mutate over time, like all viruses, resulting in genetic variation in the population of circulating viral strains, as seen with the B.1.1.7 variant. The FDA is taki...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers | site |



    (November 12, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule establishing registration requirements for pooled plan providers. The rule implements the registration requirements for pooled plan providers pursuant to the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act). The SECURE Act amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code to establish a new type of multiple employer plan (MEP) called a “pooled employer plan.” Pooled employer plans must be administered by a “pooled plan provider.” “Pooled employer plans will give employers, especially small unrelated employers, a way of offering their employees a workplace retirement savings option with reduced bur
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  • CMS’ New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents | site |


    (October 30, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today, October 30, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online platform - the Nursing Home Resource Center - to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, frontline providers, residents and their families, especially as the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues. Previously, individuals seeking information specific to nursing homes needed to navigate to several disparate webpages and spent valuable time looking for answers. With the onset of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), quick access to up-to-date information and resources, including the 24 guidance documents r...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers| site |



    (May 22, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing a 45 day deadline extension for providers who are receiving payments from the Provider Relief Fund to accept the Terms and Conditions for Provider Relief Fund payments. This announcement means providers have now been granted 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or return the funds. HHS, alongside other federal agencies, has been working day and night to support local communities and has taken action to help our healthcare system respond quickly and effectively to this pandemic. The department has kept an open line of communication with our heroic frontline providers and is being responsive to their request for ad...
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  • 116 more Broadband and Telephone Service Providers take FCC Chairman Pai's Keep Americans Connected Pledge

    116 more Broadband and Telephone Service Providers take FCC Chairman Pai's Keep Americans Connected Pledge | site |




    185 Providers Have Now Agreed to Take Specific Steps to Promote Connectivity for Americans During the Coronavirus Pandemic


    (March 16, 2020) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information:

    WASHINGTON, March 16, 2020—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that 116 more broadband and telephone service providers have taken his Keep Americans Connected Pledge. Chairman Pai launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge on Friday with 69 broadband and telephone providers across the country agreeing to take specific steps to help Americans stay connected for the next 60 days. This afternoon’s announcement means that 185 companies in total have now taken the Pledge. “It’s critical that Americans stay connected throughout the coronavirus...
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  • COVID-19 Response News Alert - - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers

    COVID-19 Response News Alert: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers| site |




    (March 6, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The agency is receiving questions from providers and created this document to be transparent and share answers to some of the most common questions.

    Included in the FAQs is:
    • Guidance on how to bill and receive payment for testing patients at risk of COVID-19;
    • Details of Medicare’s payment policies for laboratory and diagnostic services, drugs and vaccines under Medicare Part B, ambulance services, and other medical services
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration informs Health Care Providers, Facilities and Patients about Potential Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration informs Health Care Providers, Facilities and Patients about Potential Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities| site |


    Vulnerabilities for certain GE Healthcare Clinical Information Central Stations and Telemetry Servers


    (January 23, 2020) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published (today, January 23, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a safety communication informing health care providers, facilities and patients about cybersecurity vulnerabilities identified for certain GE Healthcare Clinical Information Central Stations and Telemetry Servers. These devices are primarily used in health care facilities for displaying patient information, such as the physiologic status (i.e., temperature, heartbeat, blood pressure, etc.) of a patient, and monitoring patient status from a central location in a facility, such as a nurse’s bay. The cybersecurity
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Alerts Healthcare Providers and Women about Risks Associated with Improper Use of Rupture of Membranes Tests

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Alerts Healthcare Providers and Women about Risks Associated with Improper Use of Rupture of Membranes Tests





    (August 8, 2018) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today alerted women and their doctors about serious adverse events related to the improper use of tests intended as an aid in detecting if a pregnant woman’s water has broken (also known as a rupture of the membranes containing amniotic fluid). A rupture of the membranes (ROM) can pose immediate and severe risks to the patient and developing fetus without proper patient management and timely intervention.

    As part of the agency’s commitment to transparency in notifying the public about potential public health concerns, the FDA issued a Letter to Health Care Providers to remind providers that the labeling for these tests specifies that they should not be used on their
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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Reaches Agreements with Housing Providers in California, Idaho and Hawaii Settling Claims of Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Reaches Agreements with Housing Providers in California, Idaho and Hawaii Settling Claims of Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities



    Washington, DC - - (July 27, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has approved settlement agreements with housing providers in California and Idaho resolving allegations that they denied the reasonable accommodation requests of residents with disabilities who needed assistance animals or a first-floor apartment.

    In addition, HUD approved a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) resolving findings which indicated that Hawaii Public Housing Authority failed to provide enough accessible units for residents with disabilities. Read the agreement. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in the sale, rental, and financing o
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Permits Marketing of Artificial Intelligence Algorithm for Aiding Providers in Detecting Wrist Fractures

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Permits Marketing of Artificial Intelligence Algorithm for Aiding Providers in Detecting Wrist Fractures




    (May 24, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of Imagen OsteoDetect, a type of computer-aided detection and diagnosis software designed to detect wrist fractures in adult patients. “Artificial intelligence algorithms have tremendous potential to help health care providers diagnose and treat medical conditions,” said Robert Ochs, Ph.D., acting deputy director for radiological health, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “This software can help providers detect wrist fractures more quickly and aid in the diagnosis of fractures.” The OsteoDetect software is a computer-aided detection and diagnostic software that uses an artificial...
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    FDA Issues Alert Regarding SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation to Health Care Providers and Clinical Laboratory Staff
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Alert Regarding SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation to Health Care Providers and Clinical Laboratory Staff | site |


    Impact on molecular tests remains low


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 8, 2021) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting clinical laboratory staff and health care providers that the FDA is monitoring the potential impact of viral mutations, including an emerging variant from the United Kingdom known as the B.1.1.7 variant, on authorized SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests, and that false negative results can occur with any molecular test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 if a mutation occurs in the part of the virus’s genome assessed by that test. The SARS-CoV-2 virus can mutate over time, like all viruses, resulting in genetic variation in the population of circulating viral strains, as seen with the B.1.1.7 variant. The FDA is taki...
    01-08-2021, 11:19 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor announces Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor announces Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers | site |



    (November 12, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule establishing registration requirements for pooled plan providers. The rule implements the registration requirements for pooled plan providers pursuant to the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act). The SECURE Act amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code to establish a new type of multiple employer plan (MEP) called a “pooled employer plan.” Pooled employer plans must be administered by a “pooled plan provider.” “Pooled employer plans will give employers, especially small unrelated employers, a way of offering their employees a workplace retirement savings option with reduced bur
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    11-12-2020, 08:08 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CMS’ New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents | site |


    (October 30, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today, October 30, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online platform - the Nursing Home Resource Center - to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, frontline providers, residents and their families, especially as the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues. Previously, individuals seeking information specific to nursing homes needed to navigate to several disparate webpages and spent valuable time looking for answers. With the onset of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), quick access to up-to-date information and resources, including the 24 guidance documents r...
    10-31-2020, 09:27 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers| site |



    (May 22, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing a 45 day deadline extension for providers who are receiving payments from the Provider Relief Fund to accept the Terms and Conditions for Provider Relief Fund payments. This announcement means providers have now been granted 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or return the funds. HHS, alongside other federal agencies, has been working day and night to support local communities and has taken action to help our healthcare system respond quickly and effectively to this pandemic. The department has kept an open line of communication with our heroic frontline providers and is being responsive to their request for ad...
    05-23-2020, 08:33 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    116 more Broadband and Telephone Service Providers take FCC Chairman Pai's Keep Americans Connected Pledge
    by Staff Reporter 1
    116 more Broadband and Telephone Service Providers take FCC Chairman Pai's Keep Americans Connected Pledge | site |




    185 Providers Have Now Agreed to Take Specific Steps to Promote Connectivity for Americans During the Coronavirus Pandemic


    (March 16, 2020) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information:

    WASHINGTON, March 16, 2020—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that 116 more broadband and telephone service providers have taken his Keep Americans Connected Pledge. Chairman Pai launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge on Friday with 69 broadband and telephone providers across the country agreeing to take specific steps to help Americans stay connected for the next 60 days. This afternoon’s announcement means that 185 companies in total have now taken the Pledge. “It’s critical that Americans stay connected throughout the coronavirus...
    03-17-2020, 02:34 PM

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