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CDC Allocates $22B to States and Territories for Testing & Vaccination

Posted on 1/8/2021
This week, the CDC allocated $22 billion in funding to states, localities and territories for COVID-19 testing and vaccination activities authorized in December by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Governor Hutchinson Announces Directive on Resuming Elective Procedures, Phase IV

Posted on 7/31/2020
At his daily COVID-19 press conference this Thursday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that, as of August 1, the state will move into phase four in the resumption of "elective," or non-emergent procedures.

Second Round of ASPR Grant Funding Available through the AHA – Apply by August 10th

Posted on 7/31/2020
The Arkansas Hospital Association has received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) that we have been allocated a second round of funding ...

Statewide Directive Requiring Face Coverings Goes into Effect Today

Posted on 7/20/2020
A statewide directive will require face coverings across Arkansas in settings where people are exposed to non-household members and where physical distancing cannot be assured.

HHS Announces Additional Distribution of Funds to Hospitals with High COVID-19 Admissions

Posted on 7/17/2020
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it will distribute a second round of funding from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to hospitals that have been highly impacted by COVID-19.

Appeals Court Rules HHS has Authority to Implement Site-Neutral Payments

Posted on 7/17/2020
A federal appeals court ruled the federal government has the authority to cut Medicare payments to off-campus clinics to bring them in line with independent physician practices, reversing a lower court’s decision.

Salary Planning Survey Open

Posted on 7/16/2020
AHA partners with Gallagher Surveys for our Annual Compensation and Benefits Survey, an included member benefit. To help plan salaries for the coming year, Gallagher is sending salary survey contacts an invitation to participate ...

New HHS Daily Reporting Requirements

Posted on 7/15/2020
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Monday that it is making significant changes to the process for hospitals to fulfill the agency’s request for daily data reporting on ...

Arkansas National Guard to Provide Support at Isolation Facility for COVID-19 Patients

Posted on 7/14/2020
Fourteen medics with the Arkansas National Guard have been ordered by Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday to support the staff at an isolation facility for positive coronavirus patients who cannot quarantine "due to family considerations."

IRS Extends Deadline for CHNAs

Posted on 7/14/2020
The IRS is expanding the July 15 extension of time for tax-exempt hospitals to meet their community health needs assessment (CHNA) obligations.

AHA 2020 Annual Meeting Canceled

Posted on 7/13/2020
The AHA is humbled and grateful for the innovative, proactive, and tireless work that our members have done in the past five months. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a whole host of challenges, and it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

HHS Announces Revised Federal Daily Reporting Requirements for Hospitals

Posted on 7/13/2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced significant changes to the process for hospitals to fulfill the agency’s request for daily data reporting on bed capacity, utilization, personal protect

WHO Acknowledges Possibility of Airborne Spread of COVID-19

Posted on 7/9/2020
The World Health Organization is acknowledging the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions — after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so.

Minority Health Research Funding Available to Support Health Conditions Secondary to COVID-19

Posted on 6/12/2020
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is accepting applications through Dec. 15 for funding to expand and improve digital health interventions to identify, treat and provide services...

HHS Announces Additional Distributions from CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

Posted on 6/11/2020
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional distributions from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund...

June 15 Deadline to Submit Hospital Direct and Non-Direct Care Worker Payments to DHS

Posted on 6/11/2020
This Monday, June 15 is the final day to submit requests for payment under the Hospital Direct and Non-Direct Care Worker Program...

Regional COVID-19 Support Groups Available to Health Care Workers

Posted on 6/9/2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers are dealing with increased stress. A supportive environment in which health care workers can discuss their experiences is essential to keeping the hospital workforce psychologically healthy...

Arkansas Blood Institute Seeks Help from Hospitals

Posted on 5/25/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has required everyone to adapt and overcome; blood donation is down everywhere, and those who conduct blood drives are seeking help from the health care field.