IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 5

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Updated PRF FAQs and Single Audit Requirements
CMS Webinar on Promoting Interoperability Program
COVID-19 Vaccines: Allergic Reactions, Contraindications
FEMA Extends Temporary Rule on Scarce PPE Resources
State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
Briefly Noted

Updated PRF FAQs and Single Audit Requirements
On Dec. 28, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), providing information specific to the Phase 3 General Distribution methodology.

Additionally, on Dec. 22, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the final 2020 OMB Compliance Supplement Addendum (2020 Addendum), which addresses audit procedures specific to COVID-19 federal funding, including Single Audit due dates.

See an IHA memo for a summary of these updates.


CMS Webinar on Promoting Interoperability Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 12 p.m. CT to discuss program requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program in 2021.

Among the issues discussed during the webinar will be electronic health record (EHR) reporting requirements, 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology requirements, electronic clinical quality measure changes, and important dates and additional resources.

To register, click here. For more information, visit the Promoting Interoperability Programs website.


COVID-19 Vaccines: Allergic Reactions, Contraindications
A recording and presentation slides are available (click here) from last Wednesday’s (Dec. 30) CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call, “COVID-19 Vaccines: Update on Allergic Reactions, Contraindications, and Precautions.” The call focused on recommendations for use of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations, recent reports of anaphylaxis following vaccination, as well as CDC’s updated clinical considerations around contraindications and precautions to vaccination.


FEMA Extends Temporary Rule on Scarce PPE Resources
On Dec. 31, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published in the Federal Register an extension (until June 30, 2021) of a temporary final rule to allocate certain medical resources for domestic use, so these resources may not be exported from the U.S. without explicit approval by FEMA. The rule covers personal protective equipment, including surgical N-95 respirators, surgical masks, nitrile surgical and exam gloves, level 3 and 4 surgical gowns and surgical isolation gowns.


State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today 6,839 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 126 deaths.

The total number of cases in the state is 991,719, with a total of 16,959 deaths. IDPH says that in the past 24 hours, 87,083 test specimens have been processed, with a positivity rate of 7.9%. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for cases as a percent of total tests from Dec. 29 – Jan. 4 is 8.5%, and the seven-day test positivity rate is 9.8%.

Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours decreased from 3,948 patients to 3,905 patients. Of that figure, 800 patients were in the ICU, with 457 patients on ventilators.

Today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures showed more than 20.7 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. (a daily increase of more than 173,000 cases), with 352,464 deaths.

Today’s WHO Coronavirus Disease Dashboard showed more than 84.4 million COVID-19 cases globally (a daily increase of more than 541,000 cases), with more than 1.84 million deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 36.9 million cases and more than 878,000 deaths.


Briefly Noted
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) will host its bi-weekly COVID-19 Situational Update Webinar this Wednesday (Jan. 6) at 11 a.m. to provide the latest information on the Coronavirus Disease outbreak and Illinois preparedness efforts. Register here.

On Monday, IDPH released the schedules and sites for free COVID-19 mobile testing through January 10 in Southern Illinois, Central Illinois and Northern Illinois.