COVID-19 Update: May 8, 2020

COVID-19 update for Friday, May 8 as of 2:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Update

Governor Wolf

Department of Human Services

Department of Health

The Department of Health has posted an application for nursing homes to request civil money penalty reinvestment funds to purchase adaptive technologies such as iPads, tablets, webcams, and accessories to facilitate virtual and social telehealth visits between residents and their families while visitor restrictions are in place.  See an FAQ prepared by CMS here.

Department of Health Daily Briefing

  • Between the continued reconciliation of recent death data and new deaths, the state reported an increase of 200 deaths from COVID-19. This brings the state-wide total to 3616.
  • Continued death data reconciliation and new cases have raised Pennsylvania’s total deaths from COVID-19 nearly 50 percent in the past week.
  • Nearly 11,000 long-term-care facility residents and more than 1500 people who work at 522 such facilities in 44 counties have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Long-term-care facility residents currently account for 68 percent of all COVID-19 deaths state-wide.
  • More than 3500 health care workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Department of State

The Department of State has published a notice that it will permit students about to graduate from physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs during the COVID-19 emergency to take their licensure examination before they graduate.

General Assembly

The Senate will be in session on May 11, 12, and 13.  The House is not expected to return to session until May 18.

Federal Update

Department of Health and Human Services

  • HHS has updated its general distribution FAQ for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. The updated FAQ includes items that are identified as new.  Among other things, it clarifies that HHS will not generally seek to recoup payments as long as providers’ lost revenue and increased expenses are greater than any payments in question.  The FAQ also instructs hospitals on what they should do if they believe they received a mistaken payment or an overpayment.
  • HHS’s Office of the Inspector General has updated its FAQ on how it will apply its administrative enforcement authority to arrangements directly connected to the COVID-19 emergency. The new guidance specifically outlines conditions under which a clinical lab could offer remuneration to a retail pharmacy for costs incurred running test sites during the COVID-19 emergency.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Food and Drug Administration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes of Health

Resources to Consult

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Main COVID-19 Page

COVID-19 Provider Resources

Press Releases

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Main COVID-19 Page

PA Health Alert Network

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Main COVID-19 Page

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