State Health and Value Strategies (SHVS), in partnership with Manatt Health, Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR), State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), Bailit Health, and GMMB developed this resource page to serve as an accessible “one-stop” source of COVID-19 information for states. This resource is designed to support states seeking to make coverage and essential services available to all of their residents, especially high risk and vulnerable people, during the COVID-19 pandemic. SHVS will update this page frequently with new resources as they become available.
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HHS OIG issued its strategic plan to support the COVID-19 response and recovery.
FEMA announced that government officials can now access the “Community Mitigation Decision Support Tool,” which makes data for each metric in the President’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again available in one tool.
HHS issued a revised FAQ for providers on the Provider Relief Fund with additional information and clarifications on:- The Second $20 Billion Allocation of the $50 Billion General Allocation- $12 Billion Allocation for High Impact Areas- $10 Billion Allocation for Rural Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics
An analysis by the Commonwealth Fund on the impact of COVID-19 on outpatient visits. Although visits to ambulatory care practices have rebounded since ealry April after a decline of nearly 60 percent, visits are still a third lower than they were before the pandemic.
HHS released provider-level data regarding the distribution of the $12 billion COVID-19 High-Impact Allocation from the Provider Relief Fund, of which $2 billion was based on hospitals’ Medicare disproportionate share and uncompensated care payments. These funds were distributed by HRSA to 395 hospitals that accounted for 71 percent of COVID-19 inpatient admissions reported to HHS from nearly 6,000 hospitals around the country.
This issue brief provides insights into the current picture of Medicaid spending and enrollment, as Congress considers providing additional fiscal relief through the federal Medicaid match rate. Nearly all states anticipate growing Medicaid enrollment and spending during fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
On Thursday, May 7, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar that reported on how states are tracking the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations and provided a framework for states to examine their COVID-19 response efforts to yield better outcomes for such populations. As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, it has become increasingly clear that vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted. Unsurprisingly, these disparately affected groups are the same ones that have long experienced stark health disparities, such as communities of color, low income populations, and those that reside in congregate living facilities (nursing homes, jails, shelters, etc.). During the webinar, technical experts from Health Equity Solutions and SHADAC shared findings from recent SHVS publications.
This Health Affairs blog post highlights states’ policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as their proactive approaches to addressing a wide range of health concerns.
Analysis of CARES Act Provider Relief Fund distribution to hospitals, including the implications of distributing funds based on net patient revenue. The analysis found that the formula used to allocate the $50 billion in funding favored hospitals with the highest share of private insurance revenue as a percent of total net patient revenue.
A recent analysis by the Urban Institute estimates eight different FMAP increase approaches and how they would affect the amount of fiscal relief states would receive.
The Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN) at the University of California San Francisco, is a research organization focused on the intersection of medical and social services. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, SIREN has developed a resource center of sites aggregating data about health equity, policy, and social risk related to the coronavirus and related financial crisis.
CMS announces temporary changes for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans.
CDC published in the Federal Register a proposed data collection, “Emerging Infections Program (EIP) Tracking of SARS-CoV-2 Infections among Healthcare Personnel.This program would determine the extent of COVID among health care workers, describe the characteristics of health care workers infected with COVID and compare exposures and other characteristics of workers who do not become infected. Public comments will be accepted on or before July 14.
CMS issued a memo regarding new COVID-19 infection control and reporting rules for nursing homes in the recent interim final rule. The memo indicates CMS will be publicly posting facility-level data from the CDC National Healthcare Safety Network.
Consistent with NCQA guidance regarding HEDIS 2020 hybrid measures, California’s Department of Health Care Services is modifying performance requirements for Medi-Cal managed care plans due to COVID-19.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration revised its Medicaid managed care plan performance reporting requirements in response to the impact of COVID-19. The Agency’s policy guidance includes information pertaining to reporting HEDIS hybrid rates, CAHPS surveys, and provider satisfaction surveys.
The University of Minnesota COVID-19 Health Insurance Model (MN-HIM) estimates the number of people at who lost employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) during the four-week period ending on April 11, 2020. In developing this model SHADAC aimed to create both national and state-level estimates as well as provide a further breakdown between policyholders (age 18-64) and their dependents (adults and children).
This expert perspective looks in more depth at which states are regularly reporting data that helps shed light on the health equity issues of this crisis. Specifically, the post includes interactive maps that explore the extent to which all 50 states and the District of Columbia are reporting (as of April 14) data breakdowns by age, gender, race, ethnicity, and health care workers for both cases of and deaths from COVID-19.
This expert perspective reviews the key indicators currently being tracked by states via their COVID-19 dashboards and also provides an overview of “best practices” states can consider when developing or modifying these same COVID-19 dashboards.
This guidance allows practitioners further flexibility in prescribing and dispensing buprenorphine to new and existing patients with opioid use disorder via telephone without examination in person or via telemedicine.
The Department of Health Services is publishing data on COVID-19 cases by county via a map and is providing information about the number of individuals tested and confirmed cases.
The Department of Health is tracking COVID-19 cases to date by county with details of age and sex of individual and whether a case is travel related.