FDA Warns of Potential Accuracy Concerns with Test ▸
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public to early data that suggest potential inaccurate results from using the Abbott ID NOW point-of-care test to diagnose COVID-19. Specifically, the test may return false negative results.
HHS Updates FAQs Related to CARES Act Emergency Funds ▸
The Department of Health and Human Services today released updated FAQs
related to payments from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund.
HHS Extends Attestation Deadline for Emergency Funds ▸
The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for health care providers to attest to receipt of payments from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund and accept the terms and conditions. Providers will now have 45 days, increased from 30 days, from the date they receive a payment to attest and accept the terms and conditions or return the funds. For example, the initial 30-day deadline for providers who received payment on April 10, is extended to May 24 from May 9. With the extension, not returning the payment within 45 days of receipt of payment will be viewed as acceptance of the terms and conditions.
Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID -19 Not in Healthcare Settings ▸
Healthcare providers and public health officials managing persons with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) under isolation who are not in healthcare settings. Page has been updated as of May 3, 2020.
Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes ▸
This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Reopening the country also strongly relies on public health strategies, including increased testing of people for the virus, social distancing, isolation, and keeping track of how someone infected might have infected other people. This plan is part of the larger United States Government plan external icon and focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and can also be applied to your home.
Ethics and COVID-19: resource allocation and priority-setting (04/20/20)▸
This policy brief answers a number of questions about the ethics of setting priorities for the allocation of resources during times of scarcity. Such decisions may include access to hospitals, ventilators, vaccines and medicines. It is essential that policies and practices are ethically justified in such contexts. The document provides a high-level ethical framework that can be used to guide decision-making and complements WHO’s technical guidance.
Updated Testing Prioritization Requirements (04/13/20) ▸
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued updated COVID-19 testing prioritization requirements.
Blue Cross Complete COVID-19 Updates (04/16/20) PDF attached to email▸
Updates from the State of Michigan on Medicaid coverage expansion, testing criteria expansion, hospital transfers and Medicaid beneficiary co-pay.
COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing ▸
CMS updated FAQs that supplement the following previously released FAQs: 1135 Waiver FAQs and Without 1135 Waiver FAQs.
How to use ICD-10-CM, new lab testing codes for COVID-19▸
The introduction of COVID-19 in the US has produced an influx of patients into the health care system. While knowing how to diagnose and treat these patients is vital, being able to appropriately capture this information for data tracking and payment also is important.
Health Insurers Agree to Provide COVID-19 Treatment at No Cost to Patients ▸
The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) announced that the state has received agreements from nearly all of the state’s health insurance companies to waive cost-sharing, including copays, deductibles, and coinsurance for COVID-19 testing and treatments.
CDC Update–Interim Additional Guidance for Outpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings ▸
Responding to Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States.
Probability of COVID-19 Outbreaks in US Counties ▸
Given the low testing rates in the US, researchers assume that one in ten cases are tested and reported. If a county has detected only one case of COVID-19, there is a 51% chance that there is already a growing outbreak underway.
Telephone Response Guide (03/30/20) ▸
Guidelines for children (2-17) or adults (18 years and over) with possible COVID-19.
N95 Decontamination Research ▸
Fact sheets on decontamination using heat and humidity, UV-C, hydrogen peroxide vapor, and hydrogen peroxide gas plasma.
FDA to Allow Use of KN95 Masks (04/04/20) ▸
The FDA announced on April 3, 2020, that it will allow use of a more widely available mask that meets Chinese standards instead of American one.
Coronavirus Resources for Health Professions from the CDC ▸
Links to guidance for evaluating persons under investigation, evaluating and testing persons for coronavirus, infection control and frequently asked questions.
Coronavirus Resources for Health Professions from Michigan.gov ▸
Links to guidance for self-monitoring and work restriction, COVID-19 PUI case report form and guidance for substance use disorder during COVID-19.
Michigan Executive Order No.2020 (03/10/20) ▸
Executive Order relaxes scope of practice laws to give hospitals and other healthcare facilities the flexibility they need to successfully deploy qualified physician assistants, nurses and other healthcare providers to combat COVID-19.
Ventilator Sharing Protocol ▸
Dual-patient ventilation with a single mechanical ventilator for use during critical ventilator shortages.
CARES Act Appropriations Summary ▸
Provisions of particular interest to healthcare providers.
Joint Antitrust Statement Regarding COVID-19 (03/24/20) ▸
How health systems can collaborate to respond to COVID-19 in their communities.
Innovation Transforms Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure Machines into Ventilators ▸
New York’s Northwell Health develops protocol to turn bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machine into a functional invasive mechanical ventilator.