AHPA continues to follow new COVID-19 regulations, guidance and other government actions. The updates below are the latest guidance and other developments since November 20, 2020 to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. For earlier COVID-19 regulations and guidance, visit the last Policy Brief.

HHS Issues Clarification on Provider Relief Funds

  • HHS issued two clarifications related to Provider Relief Fund reporting. Expenses for capital equipment, facilities projects and inventory may be fully expensed when the purchase was directly related to the prevention, preparation for and response to COVID-19. Reporting of net patient revenue should not include any payments to or from third parties that relate to care not provided in 2019 or 2020.

FDA Authorizes First At-Home COVID-19 Test

The FDA has announced an emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test meant for self-testing at home. The Lucira COVID-19 All-in-One Test Kit is approved for individuals 14 and older and can provide results in 30 minutes or less.

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