Saturday, May 30, 2020
Following a recent request from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new federal flexibility to allow hospitals to bill Medicare for a lower acuity hospital stay or establish a rate that may be used in these instances such as an inpatient rehabilitation facility rate.
From his perch on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending funds to Pinellas County to expand testing for coronavirus.
While Floridians continue to heed orders to stay “safer at home,” on Monday, the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Florida announced the donation of 50,000 in-home drug disposal kits to community coalitions across the state in partnership with the Community Coalition Alliance to address COVID-19’s impacts on drug misuse.
Several Republicans representing the Sunshine State in the U.S. House threw their support behind a proposal making sure no federal funds responding to the coronavirus pandemic will go to fund abortions.
Rooney noted that the hospitals were getting funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) included in the federal stimulus package that the White House and Congress agreed to at the end of March. 
These rules require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to grant access to the Florida Department of Health or their authorized representative for the purpose of infection prevention and control, including mandated COVID-19 testing of both on-duty and off-duty staff when arranged by the Department.
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending funds to South Florida to help two community health centers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wilson noted that 40,000 residents of the Sunshine State are battling renal disease, many of whom need weekly dialysis treatment and are at severe risk from coronavirus.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., showcased his support for U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter’s, R-Ga., proposal having U.S. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Alex Azar to submit a report on how World Health Organization (WHO) attempted to handle the spread of the coronavirus.
After being named to the White House’s “Open Up America Again” congressional panel last month, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., followed up by submitting a report on the matter this week.