COVID-19 Update: Friday, April 30

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30.

Department of Health

Department of Health – by the numbers

  • The daily number of new COVID-19 cases, while still very high, fell earlier in the week but today’s count was the highest in more than a week.
  • The number of COVID-19 deaths, which had been declining even amid rising case counts, has risen slightly over the past two weeks.

Department of Human Services

DHS has issued a reminder to providers that it increased the Medicaid fee for administering COVID-19 vaccines to $40 effective March 15.  See DHS’s latest announcement here and its most recently updated fee schedule for administering COVID-19 vaccines here.

DHS has published a Medical Assistance Bulletin informing providers that effective July 1, 2021 it will reinstate the prior authorization requirements that were in place on February 29, 2020 and suspended in Provider Quick Tip #241 in the Medical Assistance fee-for-service delivery system for all services with the exception of shift care services provided to children under the age of 21.  Provider Quick Tip #241 was issued in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council

PHC4 has released COVID-19 hospitalization data for the seven-month period from March 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.  Learn more from PHC4’s news release and from the various data elements PHC4 has produced.

Around the State

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