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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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Latest Updates

CDC Updates Guidance on Discharging Patients with COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 23 issued updated guidance clarifying that patients with COVID-19 can be discharged from a healthcare facility when clinically indicated. For such patients, a discharge does not require that the patient meet CDC criteria for the discontinuation of COVID-19 precautions. 

CMS Modifies New COVID-19 DRG

CMS issued a corrected announcement regarding the Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Group Grouper to recognize the new ICD-10-CM diagnosis code, U07.1, for COVID-19. The initial MS-DRG assignment posted March 20 would have resulted in significant reimbursement reductions for hospitals. The ICD-10 MS-DRG Grouper assigns each case into an MS-DRG based on the reported diagnosis and procedure codes and demographic information (age, sex and discharge status). The ICD-10 MS-DRG Grouper software package to accommodate this new code, Version 37.1 R1, is effective for discharges on or after April 1, 2020.

CMS to Limit Surveying, Data Reporting

CMS announced it will prioritize and conduct only certain surveys during the COVID-19 national emergency’s three-week enforcement discretion period. These include surveys related to complaints and facility-reported incidents that are triaged at the immediate jeopardy level, and targeted infection control surveys of providers identified in collaboration with the CDC and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The infection control surveys will use a streamlined review checklist, which also will be shared with providers and suppliers for voluntary self-assessment of their infection control plan and protections.

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Updates as of 4.1.20

Updates as of 3.26.20

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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.