COVID-19 Update: May 20, 2020

Coronavirus update for Wednesday, May 20 as of 3:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania Update

Department of Human Services

DHS has published a Medical Assistance Bulletin advising providers of the diagnosis coding guidance issued by the CDC for health care encounters related to COVID-19.

DHS has updated its FAQ on CHIP program coverage of COVID-19 testing and related services.

Department of Health

The Department of Health has published an FAQ on its strategy for universal COVID-19 testing in long-term-care facilities.

As of 4:15 on Wednesday afternoon the department had not published its usual news release with a summary of new case and death statistics and other matters and did not provide a daily briefing.

Federal Update

Department of Health and Human Services

  • HHS has updated its FAQ for the distribution of CARES Act money through the Provider Relief Fund on four occasions in the past two weeks, including new updates dated yesterday.  Updates from yesterday include instructions on attestation and questions about change in ownership.  Go here to see the changes, which are identified within the document.
  • HHS announced that its Health Resources and Services Administration provided $225 million to rural health clinics for COVID-19 testing and shared a state-by-state breakdown of the funding.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

Congressional Research Service

The CRS has published a new report titled FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program and Connected Care Pilot Program: Funding to Assist Health Care Providers and Patients.”

Department of Labor

The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements involving COVID-19 as economies reopen in states throughout the country.

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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