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Jeffrey Davis Director of Regulatory and External Affairs at ACEP

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  • On September 10, the HHS announced that it is making $25.5 billion in new funding available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding includes $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or Medicare patients, and an additional $17 billion for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 for a broad range of providers who can document revenue loss and expenses associated with the pandemic. The application portal will open on September 29, 2021. To promote transparency, HHS is also releasing detailed information about the methodology utilized to calculate PRF Phase 3 payments. Additionally, HHS announced a final 60-day grace period to help providers come into compliance with their PRF Reporting requirementsif they fail to meet the deadline on September 30, 2021, for the first PRF Reporting Time Period. For more information about the new PRF payments, please click here.
  • On September 10, HHS and other federal agencies issued proposed rules to implement provisions of the No Surprises Act regarding new reporting requirements for air ambulances. The proposed rules also include provisions regarding disclosure of compensation for health insurance agents or brokers.
  • On September 3, the CDC awarded more than $116 million in year one, of a three-year, $348 million program, to organizations for community health worker services to support COVID-19 prevention and control.
  • On September 3, the CDC released an MMWR on trends in COVID-19 cases, emergency department visits, and hospital admissions among children and adolescents . Severe illness from COVID-19 can and does occur in children and adolescents. COVID-19 cases, emergency department visits, and hospital admissions increased from June to August 2021 among persons aged 0-17 years. Emergency department visits and hospital admissions in a 2-week period in August 2021 were higher in states with lower population vaccination coverage and lower in states with higher vaccination coverage.

 

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