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COVID-19 Update: Tuesday, January 19

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state government as of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19. Office of the Governor/Vaccination Plan The state has expanded its categories of individuals eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of phase 1A of Pennsylvania’s vaccination plan; this change is incorporated into the Department of Health’s vaccine web page.  To introduce this policy change, the governor’s office also sent the following message to selected stakeholders: The Pennsylvania Department of Health today will announce two additional categories of eligible individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as part of Phase 1A. Beginning today, all individuals 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control … Read More

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PA Hospitals Out $5 Billion From COVID-19

Pennsylvania hospitals reported a combined $5 billion in additional expenses and lost revenue associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency during the nine-month period from January through September, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. The report breaks down the additional costs and lost revenue as follows: staffing expenses – $379 million testing expenses – $81 million supplies and equipment: $258 million construction – $21 million housing care – $500,000 other expenses – $88 million lost revenue – $4.1 billion These figures, the report notes, do not reflect emergency funds hospitals received through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, January 13

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state and federal governments as of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration The Wolf administration has announced that the state is transitioning from the Regional Response Health Care Collaboration program (RRHC) created last year to a Long-Term Care Task Force that includes Regional Congregate Care Assistance Teams (RCATs) to continue supporting those facilities.  The ten health systems that participated in the RRHC will continue to work with the RCATs, with some previous RRHC functions to be performed by separate contractors.  The program has been allocated $12 million for January and February.  Learn more about the transition, the new program, and the contractors in this Wolf administration … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Friday, January 8

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state government as 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8. Department of Health The Department of Health has updated the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. The Department of Health issued an advisory with indications and contraindications for COVID-19 vaccines as well as vaccine adverse events monitoring and reporting. The Department of Health issued a health alert with information on the UK variant strain of COVID-19 that was detected in a patient in Dauphin County.  The alert directs laboratories to submit samples fitting the description of the variant to the department.  The department also issued a news release about the new variant. The Department of Health issued an FAQ for laboratories reminding them to … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state government as 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5. Secretary Levine’s News Briefing Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine briefed the press yesterday about the state of Pennsylvania’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and took questions from reporters.  Among the highlights of her briefing are the following points: Secretary Levine discussed the new state policy that hospitals that receive shipments of vaccine doses must set aside 10 percent of their supply to vaccinate non-hospital health care workers, such as EMS personnel.  This policy takes effect on Wednesday, January 6.  Every hospital that has receive doses must designate a contact whom non-hospital health care workers can contact to schedule their vaccinations. Within … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Thursday, December 24

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state government as of 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24. Department of Health The Department of Health has updated its COVID-19 guidance for hospitals with clarification on testing prior to discharge to another facility and information on reporting requirements for COVID-19 outbreaks. The Department of Health and Department of Human Services have issued guidance on how the operations of the Regional Response Health Collaborative Program (RRHCP) will wind down as funding for the program expires on December 30, 2020.  They also have posted an updated directory of RRHCP call centers. The Department of Health has amended reporting requirements for skilled nursing facilities.  Effective December, 24, 2020, skilled nursing facilities will no … Read More

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SNAP Asks Congress to Help Hospitals Keep Provider Relief Fund Grants

Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals could lose some or all of their CARES Act Provider Relief Fund grant money and the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania is asking members of the state’s congressional delegation to intervene on their behalf to prevent it. At issue are financial reporting requirements that at first directed hospitals to estimate their anticipated revenue losses and extra expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in one way and then shifted to a new approach.  The first grant distribution was based on the original reporting requirements, and now, hospitals fear that the change in reporting requirements could leave them vulnerable to a demand that they return some, much, or all of that grant money. The Department of Health and Human Services … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Thursday, December 10

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state and federal governments as 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf In a news conference held Thursday afternoon from his home in York, where he is under quarantine because he was diagnosed with COVID-19, Governor Wolf announced new state mitigation efforts to attempt to stem the current surge of cases in the state.  Joining Governor Wolf for the news conference was Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine, who also is under quarantine because she recently was exposed to people who have tested positive for the disease.  (Members of the governor’s staff and security team have tested positive for COVID-19.) The new mitigation steps take effect at 12:01 … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, December 9

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state government as 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9. Governor Wolf Governor Wolf has tested positive for COVID-19.  It was diagnosed in a routine test and he is quarantining at home.  See a news release from the governor’s office with further information.  Department of Health The Department of Health has issued guidance to hospitals on how to identify and report COVID-19 outbreaks originating within the facility.  The department wants this guidance to be used to supplement other relevant guidance documents and to guide the implementation of public health expectations for hospitals. Key messages included in the guidance: COVID-19 surveillance procedures must be outlined via written policy and implemented in a way … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Tuesday, December 8

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state and federal governments as 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf At a press briefing on Monday, Governor Wolf expressed concern about the alarming rate at which new COVID-19 cases are being diagnosed in Pennsylvania, asked Pennsylvanians to wear masks, engage in recommended social distancing, and avoid mass gatherings, and warned that while he was not calling for any new mitigation requirements at this time, he and other state officials are reviewing their options and may recommend new measures later this week. Department of Health The Department of Health announced that beginning on Thursday, December 10, regional drive-through and indoor walk-in COVID-19 testing clinics will be held … Read More

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