Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Taking a page from what Germany is doing to expand testing, Crist’s proposal would let veterinary and biotechnology labs conduct COVID-19 tests. The non-traditional labs would be reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Bilirakis weighed in after the discussion which also includes leaders Baycare, Tampa General, HCA West Florida, AdventHealth and long-term care facilities.
These recommendations follow AHCA’s recent announcement of a $135 million bid award to Deloitte Consulting for the agency’s Medicaid Enterprise Data Warehouse project. Prior to this bid award announcement, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an investigation into Deloitte Consulting and its management of Florida’s unemployment system back in May. The investigation is ongoing and led by the Office of the Chief Inspector General.
Florida remains under a state of emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus and Moody’s Price Gouging Hotline remains active for consumers to file complaints related to price increases on essential commodities needed to help prevent the spread of the virus.
“The Task Force thoughtfully constructed a blueprint for the safe reopening of long-term care facilities,” said DeSantis on Tuesday. “Limiting visitation at these facilities was a very difficult decision that took an emotional toll on families and residents, especially on those who suffer from cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s. With the right precautions in place, I’m confident we can safely re-open visitation at these facilities and reunite families who have been so patient throughout this process.”
The trial is the first of multiple studies in VA Coronavirus Research and Efficacy Studies (VA CURES), a master protocol that offers a standardized framework for studying potential treatments for COVID-19 without the need for a new study design and protocol each time.
Florida is penciled in for $100,170,437 in the first round of HHS funds. 
Across the country, the strain on the health care system these past months has only been amplified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But if that weren’t challenging enough, big insurance companies have been busy at work in Washington trying to stick patients and doctors with even more costs all while raking in huge profits during this public health emergency.
The new grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)--which come to $689,094--will help Community Health Centers with COVID-19 testing. Earlier this summer, Crist announced $1.1 million for  Pinellas County and Community Health Centers of Pinellas for COVID-19 testing.
A recent survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 25 percent of respondents ages 18 to 24 had seriously considered suicide during the past month.