A Doctor's note on Coronavirus

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Washington, April 23, 2020 | comments


April 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

On the Floor of the House of Representatives today, Iexpressed mysupport for additional funding to the Paycheck Protection Program and requested Congressstop wastingtime in providing support for the American people.


National Update:
The Food and Drug Administration issued temporary guidance on repackaging or combining propofol drug productsduring the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Health Resources and Services Administration is awarding nearly $5 million to Poison Control Centers so that they can increase outreach and education to reduce the risk of COVID-19 related poisonings.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance regarding implementation of the CARES Act provision to temporarily suspend the two percent payment reduction for Medicare Advantage, Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, and Medicare-Medicaid Plans from May 1 to December 31, 2020.

  • CMS also released a toolkit with resources to help guide states as they work to achieve broader telehealth coverage for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new guidance regarding personal protective equipment to help health care professionals make decisions in light of the global supply shortages.

The Treasury Department released guidance and a FAQ documentabout the $150 billion in funding for states and certain local governments to help cover unexpected costs resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Texas Update:
According to a University of Texas at Austin model, there is a 64 percentprobability that Texas has already seen its peak in first-wave COVID-19 deaths.

Until next time, this is your doctor's note.
Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

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