Q-Sights Key Insights – Week 17

7/13/20220 -7/17/2020

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

  • Reminder that the QHR Health Supply Chain COVID-19 warehouse ordering cycle has moved to bi-weekly. Please anticipate bi-weekly needs when placing orders.
    • The next requisition sheet will be sent out on Thursday, August 6th, (due back Friday, August 7th).
    • Due to numerous concerns regarding shipping costs, from this point forward, all boxes will be shipped 2-day ground. If the order is large enough, (more than 9 boxes), we will ask for your Opti-freight account number and will ship the items on a pallet.
  • For the latest Pharmacy information, continue to monitor HealthTrust’s COVID-19 Pharmacy Resource Center. 

Finance/Reimbursement/FEMA

  • HHS announces two CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund Distributions:
    • Additional $3 Billion for Safety Net Hospitals
      • Hospital Medicare DSH payment adjustment 5.88% or greater
      • Uncompensated Care Costs per bed > 25,000
      • Net operating margin of 3% or less in two or more of last the five consulting periods
      • Previous threshold was 3% margin or less as reported on 2018 cost report
      • Hospitals that previously qualified for Safety Net Hospital distribution do not qualify
    • Additional $1 Billion for Small Market Hospitals
      • Hospitals in Urban area that have reclassified to rural
      • Hospitals in small urban markets serving rural population
      • Hospitals that have previously qualified for Rural Hospital distribution do not qualify
    • HHS has provided a summary of CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Distributions and formularies.

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.