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HHS to Begin Immediate Delivery of Initial $30 Billion of CARES Act Provider Relief Funding

April 10, 2020

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is beginning the delivery of the initial $30 billion in relief funding to providers in support of the national response to COVID-19 as part of the distribution of the $100 billion provider relief fund provided for in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.

The $100 billion of funding will be used to support healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to coronavirus and to ensure uninsured Americans can get the testing and treatment they need without receiving a surprise bill from a provider. The initial $30 billion in immediate relief funds will begin being delivered to providers today.

Recognizing the importance of delivering the provider relief funds in a fast, fair, and transparent manner, this initial broad-based distribution of the relief funds will go to hospitals and providers across the United States that are enrolled in Medicare. Facilities and providers are allotted a portion of the $30 billion based on their share of 2019 Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursements. These are payments, not loans, to healthcare providers, and will not need to be repaid.

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Hospice Music Therapist Assumes Role of Wandering Troubadour

Posted: April 9, 2020

Becky Bressan is a certified music therapist who uses her commendable talents to bring a therapeutic touch to patients under the care of Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care, the Pueblo Chieftain writes.

"With strict social distancing and isolation directives in place at care centers and assisted living facilities, Bressan has adopted the role of a wandering troubadour, offering songs both sacred and secular from outside the windows of patients."

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In Colorado Springs, COVID-19 Testing Offered Free To Healthcare Workers & First Responders

Testing is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The testing site is in the very back parking lot of 175 S. Union Blvd at the corner of South Parkside and South Union Blvd., Colorado Springs.

No doctor's note or prescription is required, but some symptoms -- even mild -- must be reported.

You must present identification that delineates an affiliation as a healthcare worker or first responder. The definitions are very broad, please call if you are not sure you qualify: Lisa Powell, 719-439-3775


Colorado Congressional Delegation Eyes Another Coronavirus Relief Package

Posted: April 8, 2020

Congress has already passed three relief bills worth trillions of dollars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as that money flows out, one thing is coming into sharp relief for many lawmakers: It might not be enough.

Congressional leaders and the White House are eyeing a fourth coronavirus package, Colorado Public Radio reports. And members of the Colorado delegation already have ideas for what should be included.

Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette said she and her House colleagues are working on what they call “CARES 2.0.” — a follow up to the massive relief bill signed in late March. DeGette said their focus is on the most vulnerable individuals and employers. 

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Colorado Hospital Association Disagrees With Washington Model That COVID-19 Has Peaked Here

The Colorado Hospital Association has released a statement noting that Colorado is making progress in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic but challenging models, including one from the University of Washington, indicating cases have peaked. 

From the statement:

“Colorado Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems applaud Governor Polis for extending the state’s ‘stay at home’ order,” said Darlene Tad-y, MD, CHA vice president of clinical affairs. “The state shared its modeling data yesterday, which shows that Colorado is making progress in flattening the curve through extensive social distancing efforts, but that cases continue to increase. That is why it is crucial that Coloradans continue to practice social distancing and stay at home, to protect vulnerable neighbors and ensure that the capacity of our health care system can manage this pandemic.

“However, other models, such as the COVID-19 Projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, that have been distributed show that cases in Colorado may have already peaked. Unfortunately, we believe those studies may mislead Coloradans into thinking this is behind us, when in reality, it isn’t. That data doesn’t align with what is actually happening in Colorado hospitals currently – which we are tracking very closely.

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