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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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WHO 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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Webinars

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

Deadline Extended for Provider Relief Fund Attestations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a 45-day deadline extension for providers who are receiving payments from the Provider Relief Fund to accept the Terms and Conditions for Provider Relief Fund payments. With this extension, providers now have 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept the Terms and Conditions or return the funds. Providers that do not accept the Terms and Conditions after 90 days of receipt will be deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions.

Sources of Financial Support for Healthcare Providers
The federal government has taken a number of steps to provide financial resources to healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Available through the American Hospital Association website, Jones Day has developed a summary of these provisions. The document includes information about eligibility as well as what actions to take in order to obtain the financial benefit.

CMS Medicaid / CHIP COVID-19 FAQs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to aid the Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new FAQs cover a variety of Medicaid and CHIP topics, including provider payment, eligibility and enrollment flexibilities. Of particular interest to hospitals are a series of FAQs that address Upper Payment Limit (UPL) requirements and methodologies, provider payment increases related to COVID-19, and added flexibility for hospital presumptive eligibility. A Special Bulletin from the American Hospital Association provides some additional detail.

Remdesivir Distribution
The White House last week released its plan for distributing the COVID-19 treatment remdesivir to hospitals. The antiviral drug was delivered to state health departments and already has been shipped to hospitals based on a formula that included the numbers of COVID patients on ventilators. Northeast Ohio has more than 50% of the state’s hospitalized COVID patients. However, there are only enough doses to treat 80 to 100 patients across the state. Related to the distribution, HHS had requested data from hospitals, which was due Tuesday, regarding their numbers of hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units. It is expected that this will be a weekly reporting requirement.

Patient Volume Decrease
Strata Decision Technology released a report on the decline in hospital volumes in 228 hospitals across 40 states. It found that there was an average decrease in the number of unique patients who sought care in a hospital setting of 54.5%. Among the service lines hit the hardest were ophthalmology, with an 81% decline, spine (76%), gynecology (75%), orthopedics (74%) and ENT (72%). Clinical service lines that saw the sharp drops in patient encounters included those with life-threatening illnesses, such as a 57% decrease in cardiology, a 55% decrease in breast health with a 37% decline in cancer overall. The 228 hospitals included in the analysis lost an estimated $1.3 billion in revenue compared to the prior year — the equivalent of $60.1 billion per month.

CDC Data Tracker
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a new tracking tool that provides data on a variety of metrics, including cases, deaths, testing, school closures and others. State-level data is available on most measures, and county-level data can be viewed on cases and deaths. As of May 13, more than 10.2 million tests had been conducted across the country, with 1.5 million, or about 15%, of them positive, and in all but two states (Wyoming and Montana), schools are recommended or ordered closed through the remainder of the academic year. In Ohio, Franklin County has the highest number of cases, at more than 4,000. Cuyahoga County has more than 2,900 cases and Marion has more than 2,400.


HHS launches COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced providers will be able to request reimbursement through a new web portal starting May 6 if they have treated or tested an uninsured patient for COVID-19. Healthcare providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured individuals on or after February 4, 2020, can electronically request claims reimbursement through the program and will be reimbursed generally at Medicare rates, subject to available funding. More information regarding the program, including how to register, can be found here.

Revised Hospital Filing Dates

   Original Filing Date   Revised Filing Date 
 Medicare Cost Reports for FY Ending December 31, 2019  May 31, 2020  July 31, 2020
 Medicare Occupational-Mix Survey  July 1, 2020  August 3, 2020
 Medicaid Cost Reports for FY Ending December 31, 2019  June 30, 2020   August 31, 2020

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Updates as of 5.14.20

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For more information or to contact ASPR Project Director Beth Gatlin, RN, MA-HSM, please call 800.362.2628 ext. 3665.