About Coronavirus

As California’s hospitals continue their life-saving work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital associations continue to advocate on behalf of hospitals and their patients, in addition to offering these tools and resources:

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

Survey for COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Due to CDPH FridayOn Oct. 12, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-81, which asks all hospitals, or health systems on behalf of their hospitals, to submit information for their COVID-19 vaccine planning.

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

CDPH Hospital Survey for COVID-19 Vaccine DistributionThe California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will soon release a COVID-19 vaccine hospital survey via an All Facilities Letter (AFL). The survey results will inform how the state allocates doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which could be available as soon as Nov. 1. There will likely be a […]

HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the renewal of the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration. The renewal is effective Oct. 23 and will continue for an additional 90 days, ensuring flexibilities – like waivers and special rules tied to the public health emergency declaration – remain in place for providers.  

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

State Updates Testing Priority GuidanceOn Sept. 22, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance. It states that California’s testing capacity and turnaround time have improved. As a result, and until further notice, CDPH advises that all four tiers in the Testing Prioritization Guidance dated July 14 will have equal priority for […]

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements AnnouncedThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued detailed reporting requirements for recipients of more than $10,000 in Provider Relief Funds for health care-related expenses or lost revenues attributable to COVID-19. The reporting requirements apply to all distributions except nursing home infection control, rural health clinic testing, and payments under […]

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

CDPH Describes Hospital Surge Monitoring Visits, Other Survey ActivityThe California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-69, which outlines the survey activities the department will conduct for both hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities. 

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

County Re-openings Begin This WeekCounty re-openings began this week, with new criteria for both loosening and tightening restrictions, based on what has been learned about how COVID-19 spreads. Effective Aug. 31, the state is using a four-tiered designation — widespread, substantial, moderate, and minimal — to determine the level of reopening indoor businesses within each […]

CMS Addresses Questions on Cost Reports and Provider Relief Fund Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its COVID-19 frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Medicare fee-for-service billing to address questions related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Provider Relief Fund and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program payments.

COVID-19 Data Reporting to Become a Medicare Condition of Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an interim final rule revising regulatory requirements related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Among the provisions finalized, CMS establishes new requirements in the hospital and critical access hospital Conditions of Participation that require hospitals to report certain COVID-19-related data elements to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a daily basis.

FAQs: Face Coverings

How does the state’s face covering order impact hospital patients and visitors?

The face covering order requires Californians to wear face coverings when they are obtaining services from the health care sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank, unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider.