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Emily Schweich

Senior Communications Associate

Emily Schweich is a communications manager at America's Essential Hospitals.

FDA no longer requires a positive COVID-19 test to receive a Paxlovid or Lagevrio prescription; CDC reports that bivalent boosters protect against XBB and XBB.1.5 SARS-Co-V-2 subvariants.

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The updated fact sheets share when specific waivers will end and whether they will continue after the public health emergency's end on May 11.

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The guidance informs states how to maintain the temporary increased federal medical assistance percentage while returning to normal Medicaid operations.

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Qualified individuals and their families who lose Medicaid or CHIP eligibility once the continuous enrollment requirement ends can apply for marketplace coverage between March 31, 2023, and July 31, 2024.

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The Biden administration announced that the COVID-19 public health emergency, initially declared Jan. 27, 2020, will end May 11.

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FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee votes to replace the original monovalent COVID-19 vaccine, Evusheld no longer is authorized under emergency use, and the CDC launches a COVID-19 testing locator.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration no longer will require additional registration for prescribers to prescribe buprenorphine.

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CMS reports that open enrollment through the health insurance marketplaces for 2023 totals 16.3 million people, a 13 percent increase from 2022.

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An FDA committee will vote on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine, while CDC unveils two trackers for COVID-19, flu, and RSV–related hospital and emergency department visits.

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The association supports HHS' work to align the rule more closely with HIPAA regulations, which will improve care coordination and mitigate discrimination.

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In a new podcast series by a physician at association member NYC Health + Hospitals, Beth Feldpush, DrPH, the association's senior vice president of policy and advocacy, unpacks the complex patchwork of payments that keep essential hospitals afloat. 

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks community input on opportunities to develop and support the PCOR workforce and offers a grant alongside AHRQ to support Learning Health System Embedded Scientist Training and Research Centers.

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Working with Essential Hospitals Institute and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, George Mason University will offer virtual Mental Health First Aid trainings for health care workers.

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The National Institutes of Health launches the Home Test to Treat program; FDA and CDC report a COVID-19 vaccine safety concern for those ages 65 and older.

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America's Essential Hospitals and other plaintiffs had asked the judge to order an immediate repayment in full for five years of underpayments to 340B hospitals.

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A CMS letter to state Medicaid directors clarifies how in lieu of services (ILOS) can be used to mitigate health disparities, limits ILOS expenditures, and adopts documentation and review requirements.

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The association supports CMS' work to simplify enrollment and asks the agency to ensure equitable access to beneficiaries’ preferred health care providers.

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Prioritizing hospitals in health professional shortage areas, CMS awarded residency slots to 100 hospitals, including 27 essential hospitals.

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Effective Jan. 11, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency determination.

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FDA and CDC say Evusheld is unlikely to neutralize the XBB.1.5 subvariant, and a CDC report indicates COVID-19 vaccination in children and adolescents is highest among Asian and Hispanic youth. 

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After the omnibus bill decoupled Medicaid redeterminations from the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS updates key redetermination dates.

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Medicaid and CHIP coverage of interprofessional consultation is permissible as long as the consultation is for the beneficiary's direct benefit.

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Registration is open now for the two Climate Change and Cardiovascular Disease Collaborative webinars on Jan. 12, at noon ET, and Feb. 9, at noon ET.

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FDA approves the use of Actemra, a monoclonal antibody treatment, as COVID-19 cases caused by the XBB.1.5 subvariant of SARS-CoV-2 spike.

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The report summarizes responses to a 2022 request for information, which focus on eligibility and enrollment, access to hospital services, and payment.

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The proposed rule updates essential community provider requirements for qualified health plans and adds a special enrollment period for those disenrolled from Medicaid or CHIP.

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The bill includes funding to bolster the health care workforce and extends flexible telehealth policies, including the hospital at home waiver.

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Americans again can request four no-cost, at-home COVID-⁠19 tests per address; FDA's vaccine committee will meet in January to develop a long-term strategy.

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Flexible policies in Oregon and Colorado support health care providers amid a steady increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and COVID-19.

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The dashboard tracks nonfatal opioid overdoses by state and county and will help service providers target substance use disorder interventions and treatment.

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CDC expands its recommendation for bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years old as health agencies confront low vaccination rates among children.

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