October 5, 2020

Around the nation: HHS will dole out $20B in provider relief grants

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    HHS on Thursday announced that it will begin accepting applications on Oct. 5 for $20 billion in grants that the department plans to dole out to frontline health care providers, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia and Virginia.

    • District of Columbia: HHS on Thursday announced that it will begin accepting applications on Oct. 5 for $20 billion in grants that the department plans to dole out to frontline health care providers as a part of the federal government's coronavirus relief efforts. The applications will require providers to submit data on their financial situations to qualify for the new funding. HHS will accept applications for the grants through Nov. 6 (Cohrs, Modern Healthcare, 10/1; Maddipatla, Reuters, 10/1).

    • District of Columbia: The House on Thursday voted 214-207 to approve a revised version of its $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, called the HEROES Act. Among other provisions, the bill would provide $28 billion for efforts to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus and $2 billion to supply personal protective equipment to industries significantly affected by America's coronavirus epidemic. The bill also would restore a $600 weekly bump in unemployment benefits, increase federal Medicaid spending, increase funding for coronavirus testing, and provide another set of $1,200 stimulus payments to Americans. The bill now goes to the Senate, but the Republican-controlled chamber is unlikely to consider the measure, Axios reports (Treene, Axios, 10/1; Pramuk, CNBC, 10/1; Cohrs, Modern Healthcare, 10/1).

    • Virginia: FDA last week warned patients who had received cancer screenings at the Allison Breast Center in Richmond that there may be issues with the quality of their cancer tests. According to FDA, Michael Bigg, a radiologist and owner of the clinic, has incorrectly interpreted mammography screenings for years. The Virginia Board of Medicine suspended Bigg's medical license in May, and the clinic has been closed. FDA advised anyone who received a mammogram at the medical center to undergo the test again at a different facility (Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, 9/29).

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