Compliance Corner December 2021


HHS Announces $143.5 Million to Expand Community-Based Efforts to Address Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccination

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), recently announced $143.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expand community-based efforts to conduct tailored local outreach about vaccines, build vaccine confidence and address barriers to vaccination in their communities.
“Today’s investments are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued efforts to leverage trusted local messengers and support community-based efforts to vaccinate more Americans against COVID-19,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We have seen great progress in vaccination rates in recent months, but we know our work isn’t done in addressing misinformation and ensuring equitable access in underserved communities.”
Read the release HERE.



Biden-Harris Administration Begins Distributing American Rescue Plan Rural Funding to Support Providers Impacted by Pandemic

November 23: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), began distributing $7.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments to providers and suppliers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to providing much-needed relief to rural providers who historically operate on thin margins and have had their financial challenges further exacerbated during the pandemic. The average payment being announced today is approximately $170,700, with payments ranging from $500 to approximately $43 million. More than 40,000 providers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and six territories will receive ARP Rural payments. Read the full release HERE.



NACHC Training: CMS Vaccine Mandate Webinar

NACHC is hosting a webinar, “Building Trust: A relational approach to talking about the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate from CMS” on Monday, December 6th at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EDT.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on health center workforce, health center leaders are being challenged with navigating staff burnout and turnover while complying with the recent vaccine mandate by CMS. This webinar will provide health center leaders with an overview of strategies to engage in challenging conversations regarding vaccine confidence and the vaccine mandate with health center staff. Session presenters will describe the role of active listening to identify underlying concerns of health center staff and empathic strategies for individual and organization-wide communication.


Learning objectives:
Understand the importance of relational approaches to communication during difficult and uncertain times.
Consider strategies to gain the perspective of others with authenticity and curiosity.
Describe ways to respond with empathy and respect to enhance the relationship.

Register HERE.


World AIDS Day

December 1st has been designated as World AIDS Day since 1988 and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who had died of the disease.

HRSA observed and commemorated World AIDS Day with this letter from Diana Espinosa, Acting Administrator.


New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants

December 2nd: President Biden announced new actions to combat COVID-19 as we enter the winter months with the emergence of a new variant, Omicron. New actions aim to get Americans boosted for even greater protection against the Delta and Omicron variants, keep schools and businesses open, and quickly respond to surges if need.

White House Fact Sheet

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