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Fall 2021 Issue of Arkansas Hospitals Magazine Now Available Online

Posted on 10/22/2021
The latest edition of Arkansas Hospitals magazine is now available online. The special focus for the issue is the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Reminder: PRF Phase 4 and ARP Rural Payment Application Due Oct. 26

Posted on 10/22/2021
We are nearing the deadline to apply for federal COVID-19 relief funding. The package includes $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for ...

CDC Expands Eligibility & Increases Flexibility for COVID-19 Booster Doses

Posted on 10/22/2021
Following the FDA’s authorization and ACIP recommendation, the CDC yesterday expanded the groups eligible for COVID-19 booster doses to include higher-risk individuals who received an initial Moderna series 6+ months ago, and all ...

ADH Shares Additional Information on Booster Shot Eligibility

Posted on 10/8/2021
The Arkansas Department of Health has updated their vaccine webpage to include information about groups eligible for a Pfizer booster shot, in addition to those listed in CDC guidance. In particular, the updated ADH page includes ...

ADH Updates on Acquisition and Use of Monoclonal Antibody Therapies

Posted on 10/8/2021
Earlier today, the Arkansas Department of Health hosted a Monoclonal Antibody Therapy update call. Several important updates were provided ...

Provider Relief Fund Applications Open

Posted on 10/1/2021
As of September 29, hospitals and other health care providers can apply for $25.5 billion in provider relief funds. The package includes $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP)...

Governor Asa Hutchinson Reinstates Public Health Emergency

Posted on 7/30/2021
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced in a press conference held Thursday that, in response to increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations, he is reinstating Arkansas's public health emergency...

Arkansas Hospital Association Issues Statement Supporting COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Hospital

Posted on 7/27/2021
The Arkansas Hospital Association (AHA) today issued the following statement supporting COVID-19 vaccine requirements for health care workers...

White House Vaccinations Coordinator Visits AHA

Posted on 7/23/2021
White House Vaccinations Coordinator, Dr. Bechara Choucair, made a visit to the AHA this week to speak...

HHS Announces $103 Million from American Rescue Plan to Strengthen Resiliency and Address Burnout in

Posted on 7/21/2021
Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of an estimated $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding opportunities to help reduce burnout and promote mental health among the health workforce...

HRSA Funds Distributed to Small Rural Hospitals to Support COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Efforts

Posted on 7/21/2021
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program this week provided states $398 million from the American Rescue Plan Act...

Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal Now Open

Posted on 7/9/2021
The Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal opened fully on July 1. Providers who received one or more PRF payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, between April 10, 2020 and June 30, 2020...

FDA and CDC Issue Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

Posted on 7/9/2021
Pfizer announced on Thursday that they would seek FDA authorization for a third dose of their vaccine to be available as a booster. Yesterday evening, the FDA and CDC issued a joint statement...

CDC Masking Guidance Remains the Same for Hospitals & Health Care Facilities

Posted on 5/14/2021
Yesterday, the CDC released revised masking guidance for members of the public who are fully vaccinated. Their guidance for hospital visitors and employees has not changed ...

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Now Approved for Ages 12-15

Posted on 5/12/2021
Following Wednesday’s meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’(ACIP), the CDC now recommends that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine be used among individuals ages 12 to 15, and providers may begin vaccinating them right away. .

New & Updated COVID-19 Information

Posted on 1/29/2021
New news and resources for health care providers

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.

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 ...

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.