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HHS Announces Nearly $1 Billion from American Rescue Plan for Rural COVID-19 Response

As a part of t​he American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on May 5th ​the availability of nearly $1 billion to strengthen COVID-19 response efforts and increase vaccinations in rural communities. As part of the Biden Administration’s commitment to expanding access to vaccines and ensuring equity in the COVID-19 response, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a part of HHS, will increase the number of vaccines sent to rural communities, expand testing and other COVID-19 prevention services, and work to increase vaccine confidence by empowering trusted local voices with additional funding for outreach efforts in underserved communities.

HRSA’s Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program will provide $460 million to more than 4,600 rural health clinics (RHCs) across the country. RHCs will use the funds to maintain and increase COVID-19 testing, expand access to testing for rural residents, and broaden efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus in ways tailored to their local communities. HRSA will provide up to $100,000 per RHC-certified clinic site and will issue the funds this summer.

To further support COVID-19 testing in rural areas, HRSA will provide $398 million to existing grantees of the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) to work with approximately 1,730 small rural hospitals – those with fewer than 50 beds – and Critical Access Hospitals on COVID-19 testing and mitigation. SHIP state grantees will use the funding to support all eligible rural hospitals, up to $230,000 per hospital, and will issue the funds later in the year.

​​In addition, through the Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program, HRSA will make nearly $100 million available in grants to eligible RHCs nationwide to address health equity gaps by offering support and resources to medically underserved rural communities where COVID-19 vaccine uptake lags in comparison to more populated areas. HRSA will fund all eligible RHCs that apply.​

To read the full release, click this link​.

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June 15 at Noon - 2pm CST

This program will cover the following (Part 1 of 2):

  • OIG changes that every hospital should be aware of
  • Two-day visit with immediate jeopardy
  • Common deficiency report by CMS
  • Basic concept of EMTALA
  • Revised manual
  • New survey memos
  • How to locate copy of the EMTALA regulations
  • OCR memo and EMTALA investigations
  • OIG advisory opinions on EMTALA
  • Compliance program
  • CMS Survey memos regarding EMTALA
  • Impact of COVID-19 on EMTALA
  • EMTALA definitions and requirements
  • The Joint Commission standards
  • EMTALA sign requirements
  • To whom EMTALA applies
  • Reasonable registration process
  • Financial questions from patients
  • Patients who sign out AMA
  • Specialized capability
  • Policies and procedures required
  • Hospital recommendations

 

July 20 at Noon to 2pm CST

This program will cover the following (Part 2 of 2):

  • On-call physician issues
  • Dedicated emergency department
  • Central log
  • Special responsibilities
  • Meaning of “comes to the ED”
  • Definition of hospital property
  • EMTALA and outpatients
  • Capacity
  • Dedicated emergency department
  • Inpatients and observation patients
  • Medical screening exam
  • Certification of false labor
  • Born alive law and EMTALA
  • Minor child request for treatment
  • Telemetry
  • When diversion is allowed
  • Parking of patients
  • Helipad
  • State plans and EMTALA
  • Who can be a QMP
  • Waiver of sanctions
  • Requests for medications
  • Blood alcohol tests
  • Emergency medical condition
  • Stabilization
  • OB patients
  • Born-Alive Infant Protection Act and MLN clarification
  • Transfer and transfer forms
  • Behavioral health patients
  • QIO role with EMTALA