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Government Actions of Note to CHEST Members

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JUNE 2020

Government Actions of Note to CHEST Members

Many changes in Washington related to healthcare access and payment as well as general economic policies have been announced on a nearly daily basis. Below are just some of those relevant to your practice:


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Small Business Administration Payroll support program with forgivable loans, 2.5 months.

Provider Relief Fund

Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

EIDL Economic Injury Disaster Loan (Also an SBA program)

CMS advance payments

This is not a new program but may be activated during disasters. It calls for accelerated and advanced payment programs under Medicare. It is suspended after $175 billion paid to providers and is an advance that must be paid back. 

HRSA Program for Uninsured COVID-19 Patients

This program was funded under the same provision of the CARES Act. It is intended for treating uninsured patients with Covid-19 diagnosis to reimburse testing and care of the uninsured at Medicare rates.


Introduction to the New Health Policy and Advocacy Committee

Home Mechanical Ventilators’ Removal from Competitive Bidding 2021 Represents a Big Win for Respiratory Patients

CHEST’s Cooperative Involvement Related to COVID-19

Support for Healthcare Infrastructure and Accessibility

Telehealth Changes

CHEST Responds to Need for Clinicians in Hard-hit Areas with Unique Matching System

Government Actions of Note to CHEST Members