June 4, 2020

Around the nation: USDA announces first known US coronavirus case in a dog

Daily Briefing

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in a statement said it decided to test the dog for the new coronavirus after the animal showed "signs of respiratory illness," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, New York, and Washington.

    • California: The American Hospital Association (AHA) in a letter sent Tuesday called on HHS to dole out more emergency funds to health systems and hospitals to help address financial losses they incurred due to America's new coronavirus epidemic. AHA in the letter asked HHS to distribute $10 billion in additional funding specifically to hospitals and health systems located in coronavirus "hot spots," $10 billion specifically to hospitals and health systems serving Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients, and an additional $30 billion to all hospitals and health systems in the country (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/2; Commins, HealthLeaders Media, 6/2).

    • New York: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratories on Tuesday announced it has identified the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in a dog in the United States. The agency in a statement said it decided to test the dog after the animal showed "signs of respiratory illness." The dog's owners also tested positive for the new coronavirus. The dog, a German shepherd, is expected to make a full recovery, the agency said (Axelrod, The Hill, 6/2).

    • Washington: Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has issued an emergency order that blocks health insurers in the state from balance billing residents for diagnostic tests for the new coronavirus. The order, which took effect June 1, seeks to prevent patients from receiving so-called "surprise bills" from health plans for diagnostic testing that was processed by a laboratory outside of a health plan's network (Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/2).
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