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COVID-19 Update: April 29, 2020

COVID-19 update for Wednesday, April 29 as of 3:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Department of Human Services DHS is accelerating estimated April-June 2020 Appendix 14 and 17 payments to the HealthChoices physical health managed care plans.  That money should be distributed to hospitals on June 4. Department of Health Daily Briefing The state today reported a large increase in the COVID-19 death count, the result of researching and then reconciling data regarding questionable cases dating back a week or more. The increase does not suggest a sudden surge in deaths. 7698 residents of 461 long-term-care facilities have contracted COVID-19, as have 2634 health care workers. 2781 people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized and 602 of them are on ventilators. 47 percent … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 28, 2020

COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 28 as of 4:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Department of Human Services DHS has sent a memo to the HealthChoices physical health managed care organizations advising them on the use of the CR modifier and the DR condition code for COVID-19-related claims. Department of Health Daily Briefing After three days of declines in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the total increased yesterday. More than 2500 of the state’s 43,000 positive tests for COVID-19 are for health care workers and more than 7300 are residents of 452 long-term-care facilities. 2777 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 611 of them are on ventilators. 47 percent of the state’s hospital beds and 40 percent of its ICU … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 27, 2020

COVID-19 update for Monday, April 27 as of 3:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Department of Health The Department of Health has issued guidance on the terms under which hospitals can begin performing elective procedures again and under which ambulatory surgical facilities may begin performing elective procedures again. Department of Health Daily Briefing The number of newly reported cases has declined for the third consecutive day. 2394 positive tests have been among health care workers and 7037 have been among residents of 441 long-term-care facilities. 2799 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 and 615 of them are on ventilators. 47 percent of the state’s hospital beds and 40 percent of its ICU beds are currently unoccupied and nearly 70 percent of its … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 24, 2020

COVID-19 update for Friday, April 23 as of 4:00 p.m. Attention:  Health Care Providers HHS has extended until 3:00 p.m. (eastern) on Saturday, April 25 the deadline for providers to submit data that will be used to determine how it will allocate the $10 billion it will be distributing to providers hit especially hard by COVID-19.  Providers that have been targeted for possible assistance from this pool have already been notified of the need to submit data, although such notice does not assure funding. State Update Department of Health Daily Briefing After a week of declines in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the daily case count has returned to its higher levels of one to two weeks ago. More … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 23, 2020

COVID-19 update for Thursday, April 23 as of 5:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf On Wednesday night Governor Wolf addressed the state about his plan to gradually reopen Pennsylvania and its economy.  While the governor had previously announced some reopenings, he outlined general parameters for authorizing additional steps and further business activity. Reopening the state, he said, would be based on a three-phase approach and guidelines for attempting to maintain control of COVID-19:  to make sure that case counts are under control and that the population of the regions identified for possible reopening have fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days before people can return to work.  Target dates for some reopenings may change, he said, if … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 22, 2020

COVID-19 update for April 22 as of 5:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf Last night Governor Wolf presented his plan for a phased reopening of Pennsylvania over the coming weeks and months.  See an outline of that plan here. Department of Human Services DHS’s Office of Long-Term Living has published a brief FAQ addressing the question of how economic stimulus payments recently distributed by the federal government may affect eligibility for its Community HealthChoices, Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE), OBRA waiver, and Act 150 programs. Department of Health The Department of Health has issued an order requiring skilled nursing care facilities to make daily reports of specific data regarding supplies and equipment, including staffing and infection control supply stores. … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 21, 2020

COVID-19 update for April 21 as of 5:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Update SNAP Advocacy Today SNAP wrote to members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to ask them to support new COVID-19 and economic relief legislation that was expected to include $75 billion for hospitals.  See SNAP’s letter here.  The Senate has voted to approve the legislation and the house is expected to take it up on Thursday.  More detail about the bill’s contents is included in the federal update. General Assembly Today the House and Senate met to consider bills related to COVID-19 and to position legislation for FY 2020-21 budget negotiations.  Most notable of the votes today was final passage of S.B. 857, which would authorize health care providers to use … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 20, 2020

The following is the latest information from state and federal regulators and others as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf Governor Wolf today announced that he was extending his stay-at-home order through May 8, at which time the state may, depending on the status of spread of COVID-19, begin permitting some industries and businesses to resume operations while still observing social distancing guidelines.  Pennsylvania’s liquor stores have begun curbside pick-up and online auto sales will be permitted to resume, with notaries doing their work online.  Construction projects would be permitted to resume on May 8.  The administration is exploring permitting some retailers to engage in curbside pick-ups but the governor acknowledged that this presented different … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 17, 2020

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state and federal governments as of 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Pennsylvania Update Daily COVID-19 Briefing During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Wolf addressed the subject of “reopening” Pennsylvania following the limits he has placed on the state’s residents and its businesses, community life, and social interactions in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  He emphasized the need to continue social distancing, said his administration has been working for weeks to develop plans for reopening the state, and explained that any such effort would be data-driven and local and regional, as opposed to state-wide.  He mentioned the importance of doing more to support the health care system and said that any reopening … Read More

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SNAP Covid-19 Update: April 16, 2020

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the Pennsylvania and federal governments and others as of 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. Pennsylvania Update Daily COVID-19 Briefing The number of new COVID-19 cases has remained relatively steady for the past four days and well below where it was a week ago. But the death toll remains higher than it has been in Pennsylvania for most of the past month. 1401 people with COVID-19 are health care workers. 2503 COVID-19 patients are currently in hospitals, 664 of them on ventilators. As of today, 41 percent of the state’s acute-care hospital beds and 37 percent of its ICU beds are unoccupied and nearly 70 percent of its ventilators are not currently … Read More

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