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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code for VEKLURY™ (remdesivir) antiviral medication when administered in an outpatient setting.
Over the past several weeks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has made several changes and updates to the distribution and allocation of currently available treatments for COVID-19, including monoclonal antibodies and oral antivirals.
On Jan. 8, Gov. Newsom signed Executive Order N-2-22, outlawing price-gouging for at-home COVID-19 test kits until March 31, 2022. Specifically, sellers of these tests may not charge a price that is more than 10% greater than the price they charged on Dec. 1, 2021, unless:
On Jan. 6, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated its COVID-19 hospital reporting requirements (see the HHS FAQs) in response to changes in the pandemic.
On Jan. 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the recommendation made earlier that day by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that eligibility for a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine be expanded to ages 12-15.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued two All Facilities Letters (AFL) related to hospital fair pricing policies and debt collection procedures and certified nurse assistants.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released additional resources to help facilities and providers deliver good faith estimates (GFEs) to uninsured/self-pay patients as required by the No Surprises Act (NSA). This requirement became effective Jan. 1, 2022.
As California hospitals face increased patient volumes due to the Omicron variant surge, CHA reminds members that it is permissible to post signage outside the emergency department directing the public to alternative COVID-19 testing locations.
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting portal is now open for Period 2 reporting.