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AzHHA Member Advisory - COVID-19: May 26

Governor issues new enhanced surveillance executive order; additional background to be provided Wednesday

Mark your calendar for a webinar focused on the latest executive order modifying previous COVID-19 enhanced surveillance. The Arizona Department of Health Services is hosting a teleconference Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 12 p.m. to discuss the continuation of data gathering under Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-37.

Teleconference information:

May 27, 2020, at 12 p.m.

Conference line: 1-877-820-7831
Passcode: 478780

View all of the Governor’s executive orders at the following webpage:

HHS announces extension for provider relief fund attestation

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) late last week announced a 45-day deadline extension for providers to accept the terms and conditions for receiving payments from the Provider Relief Fund. HHS states providers are now granted 90 days from the date they receive a payment to accept the HHS terms and conditions or return the funds.

This announcement comes after HHS announced eligible providers have until June 3 to accept the terms and conditions and submit their revenue information to support receiving an additional payment from the Provider Relief Fund $50 billion General Distribution.

Funding for testing in rural communities 

HRSA today provided $225 million to rural health clinics for COVID-19 testing. The funding will support the expansion of testing to more than 4,500 RHCs in underserved rural areas nationwide. Read the press release here. About 33 rural health clinics in Arizona are expected to receive nearly $1.6 million, according to HRSA.  

Funding resources chart

Today, AHA issued a special bulletin on sources of financial support for health care providers during the COVID-19  pandemic. This summary document lays out the funding provisions, information on eligibility and the amount of funding available through each opportunity.  

ASU researchers display “current COVID trends”

The Arizona State University Biodesign Institute provides a host of data on its updated COVID-19 webpage - Researchers display “critical COVID-19 trends” including daily data trends.