COVID-19 Update | March 25, 2020 — Morning Update

March 25, 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019

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March 25, 2020 — Morning Update

This report from the Missouri Hospital Association is designed to help you stay abreast of recent developments related to COVID-19.

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Government Action


Federal Government Provides States Relief Through Increased Medicaid Matching Funds

Staff Contact: Brian Kinkade

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed by President Trump on March 18, increases the federal match for state Medicaid programs by 6.2% for allowable expenditures made on and after Jan. 1, 2020. The enhanced FMAP will continue through the end of the quarter in which the federal emergency is lifted. The enhanced match rate provides states with an immediate cash injection to alleviate the financial stresses resulting from the COVID-19 emergency and the economic turmoil that has ensued.

An estimate done by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates increased revenues to Missouri to be $690 million if the enhanced match rate remains in effect for the entire year. This equates to about $175 million per quarter. The state’s estimate has not yet been made public. The state will have access to the additional funds today, although the General Assembly and governor will have to agree on the changes to the state budget to make use of the new funds. MHA is advocating for a substantial portion of the funds to be used for the immediate financial needs of hospitals.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued guidance in the form of FAQs to states on Tuesday. To receive the enhanced FMAP, states are prohibited from imposing more restrictive eligibility standards for Medicaid coverage than those that existed on Jan. 1 and cannot end coverage for persons who were covered on March 18 unless they move out of the state or request that their coverage ends.

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Education


MHA Hosts Complimentary Webinar On HR And Staffing Issues

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

MHA is hosting a complimentary webinar, “COVID-19 HR and Staffing Issues,” at noon on Tuesday, March 31. The webinar will cover HR issues related to hospital response and agency staffing during the current COVID-19 environment. Online registration is available.

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Operational & Clinical Guidance


COVID-19 ECHO Seeks Patient Case Study Submissions

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

The newly formed COVID-19 ECHO is a model to extend learning and clinical treatment practices on the evolving pandemic situation. Health care organizations are asked to submit patient case studies to be reviewed by the ECHO HUB team and presented on the weekly calls to enhance learning across a wide variety of providers and settings. Show-Me ECHO, through the Missouri Telehealth Network, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and MHA, offers the COVID-19 ECHO every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. via a Zoom call.

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HHS Awards $100 Million For COVID-19 Response

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers throughout the country with funding provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. In Missouri, HRSA awarded $2,117,834 to support 29 health centers. HRSA-funded health centers may use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to COVID-19.

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