In order to provide you with critical information about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects your organization, we will regularly update this page with critical information and links to industry, state and federal resources.
HRSA has published a HRSA COVID resource page regarding COVID-19 and 340B Compliance. Most topics of interest are addressed under the FAQ section of the page. Please continue to refer to this page for ongoing developments.
In addition, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) resource page also contains up-to-date information concerning your operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Breaking News & Highlights
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Healthcare Moving Closer to Embracing Full Remote Care in 2020
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Hospitals push for the release of $50B more in COVID-19 funds
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Possibly Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Annually in Lost 340B Savings Draw Closer in California
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NYSHealth Webinar: ROC COVID-19: A Screening Tool for Communities
Healthcare Legal News: Coronavirus Edition
Reimagining Oral Health Care in Health Centers Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic
Americans favor medical care but not economic aid for undocumented immigrants affected by COVID-19
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State Policy and COVID-19
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State Network COVID-19 Resources
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Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19 (R01) https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-20-003.html
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Latest Coronavirus Updates for the Healthcare Community
CMS NEWS ALERT: May 11, 2020 (COVID-19)
HHS Awards More than Half Billion Dollars Across the Nation to Expand COVID-19 Testing
Technical Assistance Webinar for New COVID-19 Funding Opportunity Announcement https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USOPHSOMH/bulletins/28a3e7c
HHS Launches COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal
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Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCMSMEDICAID/bulletins/2894a1b
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NYS Health Foundation Resource Page
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Mental Health Webinar Series – Heads Up: Coping through COVID-19
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Live interview with Andy Slavitt, a former Medicaid and Medicare official, about the coronavirus’ effect on health care https://www.texastribune.org/2020/04/09/andy-slavitt-coronavirus-virtual-event/
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CMS NEWS ALERT: April 23, 2020 (COVID-19)
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CMS Releases Additional Blanket Waivers for Long-Term Care Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Intermediate Care Facilities
HRSA COVID 19 Resources
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CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19 https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCMSMEDICAID/bulletins/2877916
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Texas State Board of Pharmacy Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources
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CMS News Alert April 13, 2020
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CMS NEWS ALERT: April 6, 2020 (COVID-19)
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Recordings for CMS National Stakeholder Calls on COVID-19
AMA quick guide to telemedicine in practice
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HRSA – Manufacturer Notices to Covered Entities
UPDATED: HRSA Registration Period
The upcoming registration period will remain the same for now per HRSA OPA. However, HRSA is aware that COVID-19 issues may affect some hospitals ability to complete registration promptly. HRSA will evaluate requests to register outside of the quarterly dates on a case-by-case basis. All requests should be sent to 340B Prime Vendor at apexusanswers@340Bpup.com. For more information on registration guidelines visit https://www.hrsa.gov/opa/eligibility-and-registration/index.html.
UPDATED: Patient Definitions for COVID-19 Related Treatment
Based on recent enforcement through 340B audits, HRSA appears to be less focused on the location of the care and more focused on the relationship the hospital has with the patient. An abbreviated health record such as a single form or note page “may be adequate” during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Such records should still “identify the patient, record the medical evaluation and the treatment provided or prescribed.” HRSA also states that “emergency documentation should be generated” to make clear the relationship between volunteer health professionals and the CE.
UPDATE: HRSA Audit Updates
We understand that all HRSA audits scheduled over the next couple of months will be conducted virtually. Many audits have been postponed either to prepare for remote auditing or at the request of the covered entity. HRSA is moving towards conducting 340B Program audits remotely for the next several months. You may request a postponement or ask to keep your existing audit date. You do not need to provide a lengthy description of the issues your organization is facing that prompt the request for postponement. If you are currently involved in an audit, contact the Bizzell Group on the specifics of your request firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Insurance Providers Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19) – AHIP
COVID-19 Search Intensity Monitoring
HITAC to Seek Input on COVID-19 Task Force Priorities
Trump Signs $2T Stimulus Package, Clearing $100B for Struggling Hospitals
CMS Approves 34th State Request for Medicaid Emergency Waivers
CHCs Receive $100M for COVID-19 Response
GPO prohibition for 340B hospitals
Hospitals are still subject to GPO prohibition; however, an entity may attempt to purchase drug at WAC and if unable, the hospital may use a GPO if in public health emergency only, and only if, it notifies OPA. Contact 340Bpricing@hrsa.gov immediately in this situation.
Regarding Telehealth and COVID-19
HRSA recommends CEs outline the use of these modalities in their P&Ps and ensure auditable records are maintained for each eligible patient dispensed a 340B drug.
NACHC COVID-19 Webinar Series
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is hosting a webinar series on COVID-19. Find upcoming webinars and links to join or listen to recordings at http://www.nachc.org/coronavirus/.
Additional Industry, Federal and State COVID-19 Resources:
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Informational site for health centers by the Bureau of Primary Care, HRSA
340B Health has a COVID-19 Resource Center for Members
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019
Whitehouse Coronavirus Guidelines for America
Guidance to 340B providers participating in relief efforts during the Public Health Emergency Declaration by the Secretary
NCTRC Webinar – Telehealth and COVID 19 – YouTube, March 19, 2020
White House Task Force. To keep up with the work the White Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 go to Coronavirus.gov.
CMS has launched a dedicated, Medicaid.gov, COVID-19 resource page which is continually updated with relevant information.
The complete COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP agencies, including those previously issued and those, just released, can be found here: https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/covid19/index.html
A news alert with further information can be found here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/covid-19-response-news-alert-cms-frequently-asked-questions-faqs-state-medicaid-and-childrens-health
Direct Relief- https://www.directrelief.org/
See what Direct Relief is doing in the US and across the globe https://www.directrelief.org/emergency/coronavirus-outbreak/
Increased FMAP – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127)