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The Administration is launching the COVID-19 Community Corps – a nationwide, grassroots network of local voices people know and trust to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. The Community Corps will be comprised of trusted voices in communities across the country, and the Administration will regularly share updated public health information and resources for them to use with their communities to help get friends, family, and followers vaccinated. Read the release HERE.
HHS will invest more than $6 billion from the American Rescue Plan into Community Health Centers nationwide to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will provide funding starting in April to nearly 1,400 centers across the country. Community Health Centers serve 1 in 5 people living in rural communities. More than 91% of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and more than 60% are racial or ethnic minorities.
For detailed information on how this funding is being distributed to health centers nationwide, including state-by-state breakdowns and an interactive health center funding map, please visit: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/program-opportunities/american-rescue-plan/awards
Last month, CMD updated their payment rates for COVID-19 vaccine administration, effective for services provided on or after March 15, 2021. The new Medicare payment rate will be approximately $40 for each dose administered, and will be geographically adjusted based on where the service is furnished. Medicare Advantage contracted providers should submit claims for administering COVID-19 vaccines to Original Medicare through their MAC. See How to Bill.
CMS has also provided clarification on including vaccines administered to MA enrollees on Medicare Cost Reports. Visit their FQHC Center page for more information.
The 2021 Healthy Grants Workshop offers multiple presentations that will help you successfully manage your HRSA award. There is no cost to attend and you can attend as many sessions as you like. The first session begins in May, followed by a new session every 2 weeks through August 24. Each session includes two to three topics, from grants policies, financial monitoring, and grant budgeting, to Prior Approvals, an Electronic Handbooks overview, and more.