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:

HRSA Releases Application Instructions, Template, Updated FAQs for Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund and American Rescue Plan Rural Distribution

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released additional materials that support the application process for the Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund (PRF) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) rural distribution. These include a sample application and application instructions. Of note, the instructions also include links to “technical assistance” documents that providers are encouraged to […]

CDC Updates Interim Guidance on Pfizer Vaccine Booster

On Sept. 24, the CDC issued updated interim guidance allowing certain people at highest risk for COVID-19 to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (now marketed as Comirnaty) booster shot. Specifically, the CDC endorsed the recommendation of its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for booster shots. The CDC recommends the following individuals should receive a booster shot […]

Executive Order Extends Protections for Telehealth Services

On Sept. 27, Gov. Newsom signed Executive Order N-16-21 , which extends protections for health care providers that experience a privacy breach during the good faith provision of telehealth services. These protections were originally instituted in Executive Order N-43-20, which was set to expire on Sept. 30, but will now remain in place for the […]

New Vaccine Mandate Guidance Issued for Federal Contractors

On Sept. 24, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (SFWTF) issued guidance on President Biden’s executive order mandating that federal contractors and subcontractors must ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. The SFWTF is led by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the General Services Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management. Specifically, the guidance clarifies […]

CMS to Pay for COVID-19 Booster Shots

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced will pay the full cost of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots to providers without cost-sharing for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries.