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The Center for Health Affairs, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Northeast Ohio county and city health departments, and member hospitals, is closely monitoring the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) to ensure hospitals are prepared to care for potential nCoV patients while protecting their staff in the midst of a vigorous annual flu season.

As the coronavirus situation evolves daily, the most up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for hospitals can be found on the CDC website.

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The World Health Organization offers more coronavirus information and provides advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

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For the latest updates on COVID-19 activity in the state of Ohio, please visit the Ohio Department of Health. This is updated daily at 2:00 P.M. EST.

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The AHA is keeping the healthcare field informed about COVID-19 vaccine development, distribution and other issues, as well as resources from the federal government and other public health stakeholders.

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Crain's Virtual Health Care Forum: Lessons Learned from COVID-19
The Center's President & CEO, Brian Lane joined the Crain's panel on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 to discuss the potential lasting impacts of the coronavirus on healthcare and other industry sectors. Watch the recording of this live event by registering here. The video will be available after completing the event registration.

Latest Updates

New COVID-19 Procedure Code Effective August 1
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new procedure codes, effective at the beginning of August, for the use of remdesivir and convalescent plasma to treat hospital in-patients with COVID-19. The new codes, which are being implemented into the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS), will enable CMS to obtain critical information on the effectiveness of these treatments. The codes can be reported to Medicare, and other insurers may also use the codes to identify the use of COVID-19 therapies and help facilitate monitoring and data collection on their use.

COVID-19 Diagnosis Required for 20% Add-On
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its guidance related to the 20% add-on to the inpatient prospective payment system diagnosis-related group rate for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 as called for under the CARES Act. For inpatient admissions occurring on or after Sept. 1, 2020, claims eligible for the 20% add-on will be required to have a positive COVID-19 laboratory test documented in patients’ medical records.

CMS Resuming Inspections

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is resuming routine inspections of all providers and suppliers. CMS had previously suspended certain routine inspections as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, prioritizing infection control and immediate jeopardy situations. However, CMS is calling for the resumption of onsite revisit surveys, non-immediate jeopardy complaint surveys, and annual recertification surveys as soon as resources are available.

AHA Urges Americans to Unite Against the Flu

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has launched a national public information campaign, titled "United Against the Flu," to amplify the importance of getting vaccinated, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic-ridden flu season. United Against the Flu is a collaborative effort by several national health care organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A toolkit for the campaign can be found on the AHA website

AHA Launches “Wear A Mask” Campaign
The American Hospital Association (AHA), in collaboration with the American Medical Association and American Nurses Association, has launched a public information campaign to encourage the use of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The campaign includes public service announcements, social media messaging, and other tools to get the word out on the importance of everyone doing their part by wearing masks. A toolkit, which includes social media messages and graphics, can be found on the AHA website.

AHA, Others Issue Joint Statement on Essential Surgeries
The American Hospital Association (AHA), American College of Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses together released a joint statement on maintaining essential surgeries during the pandemic. The statement provides a list of principles and considerations to guide physicians, nurses, and hospitals and health systems as they provide essential care to their patients and communities.

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