HRSA eNews July 2, 2020

Happy Independence Day

HRSA Administrator Thomas Engels

As Independence Day approaches, I want to express my thanks to you for the vital role you play in helping to keep American families healthy. 

This year has presented many challenges, and I'm inspired by the way you have risen to meet those challenges. I'm proud to be working together with you to ensure our nation's health and safety.

As you know, we have been providing program-specific COVID-19 information on HRSA's websites, but today I want to let you know that we've rolled out a new search feature specifically for HRSA's COVID-19 information. This search tool will make it much easier to get your COVID-19-specific questions answered.  

Thank you for your tireless efforts in responding to COVID-19. I know we still have much work ahead of us but I hope you take a few moments this Independence Day to reflect on the great work you've accomplished.

Happy Independence Day!

Thank you,
Tom Engels
HRSA Administrator

Accelerate the #WellChildWednesdays Social Media Campaign

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Thank you to our partners and friends who have engaged in HRSA’s #WellChildWednesdays campaign—built in response to fewer children receiving timely immunizations this year compared to last year. What a success we have already achieved with you. With over a hundred thousand impressions and hundreds of likes, retweets, and shares, we are promoting a message that inspires action.

The campaign is running three more weeks, promoting well-child visits through messages about immunizations, mental health, nutrition, adolescent and young adult care, and safety through our Twitter HRSA Exit Disclaimer and Facebook HRSA Exit Disclaimer channels. Follow, share, retweet, and promote the hashtag #WellChildWednesdays.

Receive Claims Reimbursement in 30 Working Days

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Health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis on or after February 4, 2020 can request claims reimbursement through the COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing and Treatment of the Uninsured program. 

More than $250 million in claims have been paid for COVID-19 testing and treatment of uninsured individuals. Get started today and you can receive reimbursement within 30 working days.

Learn more and apply for claims reimbursement.

Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund Payment Forms and Guidance

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HHS, through the Provider Relief Fund, expects to distribute $15 billion to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers. 

Providers must submit their data by July 20.

Before applying through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal HRSA Exit Disclaimer applicants can watch a webinar about the application process for Medicaid/CHIP providers HRSA Exit Disclaimer (registration required).

An additional webinar is scheduled for next Wednesday, July 8 at 4:00 pm EDT. Register today HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Extends Query Fee Waiver

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The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) is extending the query fee waiver for one-time queries, continuous queries, and continuous query renewals retroactive from June 1 through September 30. The NPDB previously offered the waiver through May 31. The waiver supports efforts to mobilize and deploy health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic by reducing costs and expediting credentialing, hiring, privileging, and licensing processes.

For updated information about the waiver, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page on the NPDB website.

For technical assistance, contact the NPDB Customer Service Center.

ASTHO’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Sustainable Financing for Rural Hospitals

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Tuesday, July 14 at 3:00 pm EDT

Join the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) for a HRSA-supported virtual town hall meeting on rural hospital sustainability.

Registration HRSA Exit Disclaimer is now open.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020

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