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Member Advisories


April 2020

Member Advisory: April 1

  • Local PPE Production Expands; State Offers Enterprise Contract to Hospitals

  • Nursing Board Issues Temporary Waivers

  • SDMAC Approves Additional Crisis Standards of Care Recommendations

  • Alternate Care Site Planning Underway

  • Mass Fatality Planning

Member Advisory: April 3

  • Working to Keep Hospitals Financially Solvent During COVID-19 Response

  • Chief Nursing Officers Discuss Surge Staffing Plan

  • Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program

  • PPE Shortages; a message from ADHS

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  • Protect Yourself from COVID-related Fraud

  • AHA urges Treasury, Federal Reserve to implement CARES Act Loan Program

  • FDA makes changes to face mask and respirator enforcement policy during COVID-19 outbreak

  • FCC establishes new telehealth programs


    • Valleywise Health Reaches Out to Refugees with COVID-19 Educational Videos

    • TMC Healthcare and Partners Debut Public Service Announcement

Member Advisory: April 6

  • HHS Inspector General reports on hospital COVID-19 experience

  • ADHS Posts Staffing and Triage Crisis Standards of Care Guidance

  • Waiver Tracker

  • CARES Act; financial analysis

  • CDC issues guidance on the use of cloth mask

Member Advisory: April 8

  • Governor releases new executive orders seeking data

Member Advisory: April 10

  • HHS distributes $30 billion in relief to hospitals

  • CMS releases additional blanket waivers

  • ADHS releases new enhanced surveillance toolkit for EMResource

  • RFP released for the operation of St. Luke’s

  • Guidance for certifying COVID-19 deaths

  • Arizona Surge Line

  • AHCCCS updates

Member Advisory: April 16

  • Call for revision to elective surgery approach

  • New executive order calls for increased data

  • Temporary emergency licensure for MDs and PAs

  • AHA announces partnership to accelerate availability of PPE; New Smart App Will Help

    Coordinate Efforts

  • CMS Releases Guidance Implementing CARES Act Provisions

  • CDC updates COVID-19 infection control guidance

Member Advisory: April 22

  • Elective surgeries to resume in Arizona May 1, 2020

  • TIME SENSITIVE - Eligibility for targeted CARES Act funding tied to data submission; deadline - April 23

  • HHS releases information on second tranche of CARES Act funding

  • Senate passes COVID-19 relief package 4.0

  • Surge Line activated

Member Advisory: April 28

  • FAQs governing elective surgeries released

  • ADHS announces COVID-19 Testing Blitz

  • CMS reevaluates payment amounts

March 2020

Member Advisory: March 6

  • Hospital and healthcare response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Latest clinician guidance

  • ADHS updates PPE recommendation

  • Risk Assessment Guidance for Healthcare Workers

  • Updated Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI)

  • Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators

  • FDA diagnostic testing guidance

  • CMS announces it is suspending non-emergency inspections

  • Additional Resources

    • Clinician Fact Sheet - ADHS Information for Healthcare Professionals - CDC

    • Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators - CDC Coronavirus Disease

    • 2019 (COVID-19) Hospital Preparedness Checklist - CDC

    • Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected - WHO

    • Local Public Health Contacts

Member Advisory: March 12

  • State Declaration of Public Health Emergency

  • Expansion of Commercial COVID-19 Testing

  • Hospital and Health System COVID-19 Policies and Screening/Testing Templates

  • Internal Revenue Services (IRS) guidance

  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Requirements and Implications Related to COVID-19

  • Guidance for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Sponsors

  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) in Home Health Agencies (HHAs)

  • Guidance for use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel

  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019(COVID-19) in

    nursing homes (REVISED)

Member Advisory:
March 19

  • Governor Convening Hospital Chief Medical Officers

  • President Declares a National Emergency

  • Alternative Testing Options

  • School Closures & Childcare

  • State and Federal COVID 19 Funding; Congressional Action

Member Advisory: March 20

  • Governor Halts Elective Surgeries

  • Additional Resources Arrive in Arizona

Member Advisory:
March 26

  • New Executive Orders Issued - Executive order is intended to increase hospital capacity to address an anticipated surge of COVID 19 patients

  • SDMAC Recommends PPE and COVID-19 Testing protocols

  • AzHHA Convenes Group to Discuss Emergency Regulatory Waivers

  • Hospitals Speak to Arizona’s Congressional Delegation

  • A Warning About Insufficiently Tested Treatments

  • CDC Issues Interim Guidance on the Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Discharge of Hospitalized Patients

  • Additional State Announcements and Guidance

    • Temporary Waivers for EMS and Trauma Center Regulations

    • CMS Approval of AHCCCS 1135 Waiver Requests

    • ADHS Provider and Facilities COVID 19 Webpage

  • New Federal Agency Announcements and Guidance

    • CMS grants exceptions and extensions to Medicare quality reporting

    • Updated CMS COVID 19 Coverage and Coding FAQs

    • Updated CMS COVID 19 Coverage and Payment Fact Sheet

    • Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief FAQ

    • Updated CDC Guidance on Discharging COVID 19 Patients

    • Updated CDC Guidance for Collecting, Handling and Testing Specimens

    • CDC Hospital Resources for Preparing for COVID 19 Patients

    • CDC PPE Burn Rate Calculator Updated Evaluating and Testing Persons for COVID 19

    • CDC Interim Infection Control Recommendations for COVID 19 Patients in a Healthcare Setting

    • Quick Guide: FEMA Reimbursement for acute Care Hospitals

Member Advisory: March 31

  • ADHS, DEMA and Hospital CEOs Discuss Surge Plans

  • Stay home, stay healthy, stay connected

  • AHA urges HHS and CMS to 'directly and expediently' distribute funds to hospitals and health systems as designated by CARES Act

  • FEMA, HHS task force targets supply chain needs

  • CDC report estimates underlying condition prevalence in U.S. COVID-19 patients

  • The White House Switches Gears on Data Collection

  • #StayHomeAZ -Informational Resources/Graphics