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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, July 8

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government and the federal government as of 3:45 p.m. on Wedneday, July 8. Pennsylvania Update Department of Health The Department of Health has updated its FAQ on universal testing requirements for skilled nursing facilities.  It includes new guidance on the definition of “all staff” and how to treat staff who refuse testing. Department of Health – by the numbers The number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in the state has risen significantly in the past two days.  The Department of Health attributed the first day’s increase to delayed reporting from some counties, especially Philadelphia. Department of Human Services Act 20, recently passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, allocates … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19

SNAP Asks PA Senators for COVID-19 Help

Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals need help with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health emergency, SNAP wrote yesterday in a letter to Pennsylvania senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey. In its letter, SNAP asked the senators to advocate: An additional $100 billion for hospitals. Forgiveness for money provided to hospitals through the federal CARES Act’s Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. An increase in the federal Medicaid matching rate (FMAP). An increase in states’ Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments and a delay in the scheduled implementation of Medicaid DSH allotment cuts to the states. Action to prevent implementation of the Medicaid fiscal accountability regulation. A moratorium on changes in hospital eligibility for the 340B prescription drug discount program, Medicare indirect … Read More

Posted in 340b, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Federal Medicaid issues, Medicaid supplemental payments, Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals, Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania

COVID-19 Update: Monday, July 6

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 3:45 p.m. on Monday, July 6. Department of Health The Department of Health issued a health alert regarding the changing epidemiology of COVID-19 case demographics as increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases are associated with travel and social gatherings.  The alert advises clinicians to inquire about patients’ recent travel and ask them to develop a list of people with whom they were in close contact from the period 48 hours before the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. Perhaps with this in mind, the department has issued a warning for travelers stating that “If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, July 1

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.  There will be no update on Friday because of the 4th of July holiday. Pennsylvania Supreme Court The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional legislation passed by the General Assembly to limit or terminate Governor Wolf’s exercise of emergency authority when he issued a “Proclamation of Disaster Emergency” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The decision stresses that the court addressed only the constitutional question and not whether either the exercise of emergency authority or its termination constituted sound public policy. Department of Health Department of Health Secretary Levine signed an order that masks must be worn whenever anyone in Pennsylvania leaves home. … Read More

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