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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs | site |




    (August 26, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today (August 26, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance for nursing homes and clinical laboratories to assist in enhancing their abilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to nursing home residents and their front line staff.

    Nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to the prevalence and spread of COVID-19. CMS continues to take proactive steps to enhance infection control policies, including practices that limit potential transmission, and prevent outbreaks within these facilities to protect residents. Today’s guidance requires all nursing homes to test all residents and staff for COVID-19. A new survey
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards 15 Million Dollars to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Tribal Communities

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $15 Million to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Tribal Communities| site |



    (May 28, 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) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $15 million to 52 Tribes, Tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and other health services providers to Tribes across 20 states to prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in rural tribal communities. “President Trump stands with Tribal nations across the country as they grapple with COVID-19 in rural communities,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Today’s funding gives Tribes critical support to build up their capacity for fighting COVID-19, boost testing capabilities, increase purchases of PPE, and hire and pay the personnel they need.” These awards ...
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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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  • U.S. Health and Human Services accepts Donations of Medicine to Strategic National Stockpile as Possible Treatments for COVID-19 Patients

    U.S. Health and Human Services accepts Donations of Medicine to Strategic National Stockpile as Possible Treatments for COVID-19 Patients | site |




    FDA issues emergency use authorization for donated hydroxychloroquine sulfate, chloroquine phosphate


    (March 29, 2020) - - Today (March 29, 2020), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information:

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today accepted 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate donated by Sandoz, the Novartis generics and biosimilars division, and one million doses of chloroquine phosphate donated by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, for possible use in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or for use in clinical trials. These and other companies may donate additional doses, and companies have ramped up production to provide additional supplies of the medication to the commercial market. “President Trump is ta
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health of Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information:

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing $250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. These programs provide meals to more than 2.4 million older adults each year, both through home delivery and in places like community centers. The need for these services, particularly home-delivered and packaged meals, has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed meal sites ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards 100 Million Dollars to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $100 Million to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response | site |




    (March 24, 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), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers across the country with funding provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. HRSA-funded health centers may use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. On Friday, March 6, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, which provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the COVID...
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  • Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers

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    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers



    WASHINGTON—U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on Financial Services Sector Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers: “I strongly support the Department of Homeland Security’s recent guidance identifying financial services sector workers as essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response emergency. The guidance provides information to State and local officials, as they work to protect their communities, to ensure the continuity of functions that are critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Consistent with the President’s guidelines,...
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  • Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies

    Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies | site |



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) coordinated an emergency international airlift of 500,000 swabs and sample kits used in the COVID-19 testing process in an effort to increase diagnostic testing for Americans. Copan Diagnostics, Inc., located in Italy, recently informed U.S. government officials they were unable to ship their swabs and sample kits to distributors in the United States due to border closures and flight cancellations in Europe. Recognizing that the company is one of the major suppliers for the U.S. market for sample kits, and the risk this posed to creating a shortage of these critical supplies, the U.S. government took swift action. Sev...
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  • Health and Human Services Funds Phase 2/3 Clinical Trial for Potential Treatment for COVID-19

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Funds Phase 2/3 Clinical Trial for Potential Treatment for COVID-19 | site |



    (March 21, 2020) - - Today (March 21, 2020), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    An antibody medicine being evaluated to treat severe cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will receive additional support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) under an existing partnership with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals of Tarrytown, New York.

    The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within ASPR will provide support for a U.S. Phase 2/3 clinical trial to evaluate Kevzara as a potential treatment for severely ill COVID-19 patients. Currently, Kevzara is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Kevzara was developed
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  • Update on Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic From Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security

    Update on Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic From Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security| site |



    (March 18, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:


    SOCIAL SECURITY

    Update on Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic From Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security



    “I want you to hear directly from me how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay benefits. Be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.

    To protect you and help stop the spread of this coronavirus, we cannot accept visitors in our offices at this time. There are several other ways you can get help. Many services are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov . If you have a critical need that you cannot
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Announces Historic Expansion of Telehealth Access to Combat COVID-19

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Announces Historic Expansion of Telehealth Access to Combat COVID-19| site |



    (March 17, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: On Tuesday, the Trump Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced unprecedented steps to expand Americans' access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Centers for Medicare & and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded Medicare coverage for telehealth visits, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it will waive potential HIPAA penalties for good faith use of telehealth during the emergency, and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) provided flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive beneficiary cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs. HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement: "Thanks to the Public Health...
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  • HHS Supports Development of First High-Throughput COVID-19 Diagnostic Test

    HHS Supports Development of First High-Throughput COVID-19 Diagnostic Test

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Supports Development of First High-Throughput COVID-19 Diagnostic Test| site |




    (March 9, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    A diagnostic test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - designed for use in a diagnostic system that can process up to 1,000 tests in 24 hours - will receive advanced development support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The molecular diagnostic test from Hologic, Inc. becomes the first COVID-19 product selected for development through ASPR's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority streamlined selection process, called an easy broad agency announcement (EZ-BAA). "Early, rapid diagnosis is essential for clinicians and their patients to treat infections appropriately and take immediate acti
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Solicits Proposals for Development of Medical Products for Novel Coronavirus

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Solicits Proposals for Development of Medical Products for Novel Coronavirus| site |




    (March 6, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information:

    As part of the government-wide effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in U.S. communities, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated a broad agency announcement (BAA) to focus specifically on products to diagnose, prevent or treat coronavirus infections.

    The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), issued the BAA, BAA-18-100-SOL-00003-Amendment 13, to solicit proposals for advanced development and licensure of COVID-19 diagnostics, vaccines, or medicines such as therapeutics or antivirals. “Amid the expanding global outbreak of COVID-19, Americans n
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Initial Funding to Jurisdictions Supporting COVID-19 Response

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Initial Funding to Jurisdictions Supporting COVID-19 Response| site |



    (March 4, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published (today) the following information: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing upcoming action to provide initial resources to a limited number of state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “State and local governments are the backbone of our public health system. They have been essential partners in the ongoing work to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the United States,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The Trump Administration is acting swiftly through every avenue we have to ensure state and local governments have the support they need to combat this outbreak.” “CDC is committed to wo...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus| site |





    CMS calls on all health care providers to activate infection control practices and issues guidance to inspectors as they inspect facilities affected by Coronavirus





    (March 4, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing several actions aimed at limiting the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Specifically, CMS is issuing a call to action to health care providers across the country to ensure they are implementing their infection control procedures, which they are required to maintain at all times. Additionally, CMS is announcing that, effective immediately and, until further notice, State Survey Agencies and Accrediting Organizations will focus their facility inspections...
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs | site |




    (August 26, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today (August 26, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance for nursing homes and clinical laboratories to assist in enhancing their abilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to nursing home residents and their front line staff.

    Nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to the prevalence and spread of COVID-19. CMS continues to take proactive steps to enhance infection control policies, including practices that limit potential transmission, and prevent outbreaks within these facilities to protect residents. Today’s guidance requires all nursing homes to test all residents and staff for COVID-19. A new survey
    ...
    08-31-2020, 01:21 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards 15 Million Dollars to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Tribal Communities
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $15 Million to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Tribal Communities| site |



    (May 28, 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) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $15 million to 52 Tribes, Tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and other health services providers to Tribes across 20 states to prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in rural tribal communities. “President Trump stands with Tribal nations across the country as they grapple with COVID-19 in rural communities,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Today’s funding gives Tribes critical support to build up their capacity for fighting COVID-19, boost testing capabilities, increase purchases of PPE, and hire and pay the personnel they need.” These awards ...
    05-29-2020, 04:24 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers
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    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, 07:33 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Health and Human Services accepts Donations of Medicine to Strategic National Stockpile as Possible Treatments for COVID-19 Patients
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    U.S. Health and Human Services accepts Donations of Medicine to Strategic National Stockpile as Possible Treatments for COVID-19 Patients | site |




    FDA issues emergency use authorization for donated hydroxychloroquine sulfate, chloroquine phosphate


    (March 29, 2020) - - Today (March 29, 2020), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information:

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today accepted 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate donated by Sandoz, the Novartis generics and biosimilars division, and one million doses of chloroquine phosphate donated by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, for possible use in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or for use in clinical trials. These and other companies may donate additional doses, and companies have ramped up production to provide additional supplies of the medication to the commercial market. “President Trump is ta
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    04-01-2020, 01:41 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health of Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information:

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing $250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. These programs provide meals to more than 2.4 million older adults each year, both through home delivery and in places like community centers. The need for these services, particularly home-delivered and packaged meals, has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed meal sites ...
    03-25-2020, 02:54 AM

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