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COVID-19 Update | October 6, 2020



COVID-19 Update


  • COVID-19
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Coronavirus Disease 2019


October 6, 2020

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
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The effective reproductive rate, represents the effective transmission rate for COVID-19. Ideally, the Re should be less than 1. Click the Re rate above or visit our website to view the weekly regional dashboards and learn more.

Source: Washington University Institute for Public Health

Government Action

Executive Order Addresses COVID-19-induced Behavioral Health Issues

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon or Sarah Willson

President Trump issued an executive order and fact sheet regarding behavioral health issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It creates a federal Coronavirus Mental Health Working Group, and calls for federal agencies to examine federal grants and policies to enhance access and outcomes.

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Modern Healthcare Hosts Workforce Webinar

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

Modern Healthcare is hosting a complimentary webinar, “How to Manage Burnout and Ensure Quality Care – Leading Your Workforce Through COVID-19,” at 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Oct. 7. This webinar will explore how health systems can efficiently manage staffing during the pandemic with a human-first approach, putting people at the forefront of decisions. Participants will learn strategies for recruitment and retention, managing employee burnout, and the importance of workplace culture. Online registration is available.

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Legal & Regulatory Updates

CMS Issues Additional Guidance Documents

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two additional guidance documents to state survey directors. QSO-21-01-Hospice temporarily waives the requirement for hospices to notify CMS of use of contracted staff during extraordinary circumstances. QSO-21-02-NH reinforces the responsibility of nursing facilities to ensure a resident is able to exercise their right to vote.

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Rural Resources

State Flex Coordinators Support CAHs During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga or Dana Dahl

The Flex Monitoring Team published the results of a survey completed by state Flex Coordinators. The survey collected information on the impact of COVID-19 on critical access hospitals, support requested by CAHs from state Flex programs, how state Flex programs are working to support CAHs during the pandemic, promising strategies developed by state Flex programs to support CAHs, and the technical assistance and resources needed by state Flex programs to support CAHs now and after the pandemic. The report and summary brief are available on the National Rural Health Resource Center website.

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Testing, Reporting & Treatment

FDA Updates Performance Data For Molecular Tests To Diagnose COVID-19 Virus

Staff Contact: Terrie Bauer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted updated comparative performance data for molecular tests to diagnose the COVID-19 virus. To receive emergency use authorization, test developers are required to assess their test’s performance against a reference panel of viral samples. In FDA’s data, a lower product limit of detection indicates a test’s ability to detect a smaller amount of viral material in a given sample, signaling a more sensitive test. The FDA updates the data as it receives additional results to help inform laboratories, health care providers and patients about the relative performance of available tests.

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New York Life, Cigna Establish Brave Of Heart Fund

Staff Contact: Jill Williams

Together, the New York Life and Cigna foundations created the Brave of Heart Fund, dedicated to providing health care workers and their families with peace of mind. The fund is designed to provide financial support in the form of charitable relief grants to support the families of health care workers who lose their lives to COVID-19. In addition, Cigna behavioral health will provide emotional support and services. For family members of health care workers and volunteers who lost their lives because of COVID-19, a portal is available to verify eligibility to apply for a Brave of Heart Fund grant. Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2021.

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