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Updated Quarantine AFL Offers Flexibility During Critical Staffing Shortages

Also on Sept. 9, CDPH revised its quarantine guidance for health care workers with the release of AFL 21-08.4. The guidance now includes a section titled “Return to Work for Hospital HCP diagnosed with COVID-19.” This section specifies that during critical staffing shortages, as a last resort, hospitals may consider allowing HCP with suspected or confirmed […]

CMS to Rescind Prior Audit Denials for Mid-Build Exceptions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is rescinding prior audit denials for hospitals that failed to qualify for the “mid-build exception” to the site-neutral payment policy. CMS will review each previously failing provider’s audit findings for compliance with statutory requirements, as well as for accuracy and completeness.

HHS Announces $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Funding for Providers

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will make available $25.5 billion in additional COVID-19 relief funding. The application portal for the additional funding will open on Sept. 29. Additionally, the agency also announced a 60-day grace period for Reporting Period 1 and provided initial details on the Phase 3 […]

CDPH Corrects State Cost-Sharing References in Urgent Staffing Shortage AFL

On Sept. 7, CDPH released AFL 20-46.3 on urgent staffing shortages. The only substantive update to this AFL is that the state has discontinued its cost sharing of staffing resources through the state staffing contract. The state previously announced in late spring 2021 that it would discontinue that cost-sharing program, and this AFL removes references […]