CMS Offers Comprehensive Support for Louisiana and Texas with Hurricane Laura
On August 26, 2020, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar declared public health emergencies (PHEs) in Louisiana and Texas, retroactive to August 22, 2020, for the state of Louisiana and to August 23, 2020, for the state of Texas. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provided numerous waivers during the current COVID-19 pandemic, which will be available to healthcare providers to use during the duration of the COVID-19 PHE determination timeframe and for the Hurricane Laura PHE.
Additionally, CMS is taking the following administrative actions:
For additional information about this PHE visit the HHS website.
COVID-19 Clinical Trials Coalition Letter
The Louisiana Oncology Society (LOS) joined in a coalition letter to congressional leadership urging that Congress include the 21st Century Cures 2.0 concept paper, recently released by Representatives Diana DeGette and Fred Upton in upcoming legislation to further address the COVID-19 public health crisis. The letter urges leadership to include policy to provide Medicaid coverage of the routine care costs of clinical trials participation for patients with life-threatening conditions in every state.