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President Signs $484 Billion Relief Bill to Aid Small Business
Friday, 24 April 2020
(From a Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Release of March 24, 2020)  Today, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (the “Act”). The House and Senate passed the Act on April 21 and April 23, respectively. The Act allocates an additional $484 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and to provide funds for hospitals and coronavirus testing. 
 
Read on for allocation of the funding. 

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Florida Senate President Weighs In On Economy
Friday, 17 April 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020, Tallahassee – The national economic forecast looks grim, at least for the immediate future, according to a letter Fla. Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) shared with fellow Senators yesterday. However, Galvano’s economic forecast didn’t specifically detail the effects to Florida’s own state budget, approved last month by the Legislature but still pending presentation to the Governor for his action.
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Hope for Providers in the Midst of This Pandemic
Thursday, 16 April 2020

Infinedi has announced the launch of a new analytic web portal, designed to send a message of HOPE to their clients and partner groups like the FCA.  Infinedi and its sister company, QVH Systems, are leaders in health care analytics.  Their team has developed a unique portal to let their partners and clients know that there is HOPE in the midst of this pandemic.  Click on the map image below to access the portal and view the counts of unique patient visits across all provider types, as well as the national gain and loss of those visits over the last few weeks.  

Infinedi map of health care services


   

 

  

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CARES Act and Relief Fund Terms and Conditions: Does a DC Qualify for Funding?
Wednesday, 15 April 2020

See this HHS document for Relief Fund Payment Terms and Conditions.

The applicable and questionable terms are this, along with the highlighted sections to suggest that DCs CAN seek CARES fund relief:   

  • The Payment means the funds received from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (“Relief Fund”). The Recipient means the healthcare provider, whether an individual or an entity, receiving the Payment.
  • The Recipient certifies that it billed Medicare in 2019; provides or provided after January 31, 2020 diagnoses, testing, or care for individuals with possible or actual cases of COVID-19; is not currently terminated from participation in Medicare; is not currently excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal health care programs; and does not currently have Medicare billing privileges revoked.
  • The Recipient certifies that the Payment will only be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, and shall reimburse the Recipient only for health care related expenses or lost revenues that are attributable to coronavirus.
  • The Recipient certifies that it will not use the Payment to reimburse expenses or losses that have been reimbursed from other sources or that other sources are obligated to reimburse. 

HHS appears to be defining these terms very broadly to keep these offices going.  See this pertinent bullet point below from https://www.hhs.gov/provider-relief/index.html.

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OSHA and CDC Guidance on How to Reduce the Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
While healthcare workers, like you, are working to keep patients out of hospitals, you might wonder about the liability to the office for staying open. As an essential worker, you may stay open.  If you are OPEN, be sure to follow the OSHA and CDC guidance and document the steps you are taking to maintain a healthy and clean work environment:
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