Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, hospitals have cared for an average of 6,600 patients per day, including an average of 1,800 ICU patients per day. They responded quickly and with an extraordinary investment — creating additional physical space, purchasing protective and clinical equipment, and cancelling non-emergency procedures; investing in their own health care heroes with childcare subsidies, temporary housing, and more; and enduring unprecedented challenges and even financial strain. Throughout this public health emergency, hospitals have bolstered the trust of their communities that, no matter what comes their way, they are ready to care for all Californians, in all ways.
On Feb. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its quarantine guidance for vaccinated individuals.
To enhance the transparency of all oxygen-related equipment and supplies offered throughout the state, the California Health and Human Services Agency, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, is offering a provider hotline for health care facilities and Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinators (MHOACs).
Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and the addition of vaccination fields to the COVID-19 tracker, hospitals have asked for additional clarifications on reporting COVID-19 data. To provide this clarification, CHA worked with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to update its data reporting guidance and other supporting documents.
On Jan. 21, President Biden issued additional executive orders and directives instructing various federal agencies to take specific actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including expanding testing and vaccination capacity, increasing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary materials to combat the pandemic, slowing the spread of COVID-19, and addressing inequitable outcomes.
On Jan. 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated its Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements to reflect changes required by the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA). In addition to calculating lost revenue attributable to COVID-19 based on the difference between 2019 and 2020 actual patient care revenue, PRF recipients may now choose from two other methodologies.
On Jan. 8, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) released a guide titled Health Facility Medical Oxygen Systems Best Practices During Covid-19 Pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has allocated $22 billion in funding for states, localities, and territories in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. California will be awarded $1,696,424,899 for testing activities and $357,026,635 for vaccine activities.
On Dec. 31, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a temporary final rule that extends, through June 30, 2021, the designation that certain medical resources are limited to domestic use.
On Dec. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing, modifying the recommended quarantine time for exposed individuals.