Q-Sights Key Insights – Week 24

9/07/20220 – 9/11/2020

Here are the key topics you need to know about COVID-19 this week. To help you stay abreast of the latest COVID-19 news, guidelines and best practices from Federal, State, National Health Agencies and QHR Health, visit the QHR Health COVID-19 Online Resource Center.

Supply Chain and Pharmacy

  • The COVID-19 Warehouse program had a 100% fulfillment rate this week. 40 hospitals submitted 155 line items and a total of 2,024 items were shipped out. 
  • For the latest information on Veklury (Remdesivir), please monitor here for the latest from Gilead.
  • Be sure to review the Pharmacy Resource Center where HealthTrust posts the most current information on COVID-19.

Finance/Reimbursement/FEMA

  • COVID-19 Relief Bill fails to pass in US Senate
    • Back to drawing board on additional COVID-19 stimulus legislation
  • IRS issues guidance on Payroll Deferral
    • Guidance based on President Trump Executive Order
    • Executive Order signed August 8th
  • American Medical Association announced two new CPT Codes addressing COVID-19 patient care
    • CPT code 99072, Additional supplies, materials, and clinical staff time over and above those usually included in an office visit or other non-facility service(s), when performed during a Public Health Emergency as defined by law, due to respiratory-transmitted infectious disease. This code describes additional supplies and clinical staff time to perform safety protocols for the provision of evaluation, treatment or procedural services during a public health emergency. Health care setting requires extra precautions to ensure the safety of patients and health care professionals.
    • CPT code 86413, Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]) antibody, quantitative. This accounts for laboratory tests that can measure a person’s antibodies. Test necessary to determine a person’s adaptive immune response to the virus. In addition, the test assists in determining the effectiveness of treatments used against the infection.
  • HHS issues guidance on distributing COVID-19 vaccines by Pharmacist
    • State Licensed Pharmacist will be able to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines
    • State Licensed Pharmacist Interns or Registered Pharmacist interns under supervision of Licensed Pharmacist will be able to do so as well
    • Only for people age three or older
    • Certain Restrictions apply
  • REMINDER: HHS reporting data requirements go into effect this week!!
  • Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program is operational and now accepting applications
    • Not-for-profit hospitals can obtain low-cost loans back by Federal Reserve
    • No interest Payments till 2nd year of loan
    • Principle Payments start in 3rd year of loan

Visit the QHR Health COVID-19 Online Resource Center site as often as you’d like as we are providing live news feeds from the CDC and CMS to keep all of us updated on the latest news. There is also a document library link located in the bottom right-hand corner of the page where information is being organized by subject categories.

If you need assistance, please reach out to your QHR Health representative.