May 20, 2020
The Health Resources and Services Administration will provide $225 million to over 4,500 Rural Health Clinics across the nation for COVID-19 testing.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released additional blanket waivers that will modify the data collection and reporting period for ground ambulance organizations.
- CMS also released information on billing codes for COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory tests.
The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission sent letters giving companies that are permitting COVID-19 pandemic-related scam robocalls 48 hours to cut off traffic to Americans. Please be wary of the following scams:
- Fake COVID-19 Refunds—The scam robocall says: “We cannot provide services due to COVID-19 but you have been charged $399.Press 1 to claim a refund.”
- Social Security Administration COVID Scam—The scam robocall says: “This is a call from [the] Social Security Administration; during this difficult time of coronavirus, we have to suspend your SS account.”
- Loan Interest Rate Reduction Scams—The scam robocall campaigns state:“Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you may be entitled to no payments on your mortgage, credit card debt or medical bills;” “Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you may be entitled to no payments on your student loans;” and “Due to the lockdown, we are helping people to pay with zero percent interest rates.
Google and Apple joined forces to create an exposure notification application programming interface that can be incorporated into an app built by a public health agency seeking to notify Americans about possible exposure to COVID-19. Use of this technology is opt-in only and voluntary, but can help trace transmission of COVID-19 to slow the spread.
Until next time, this is your doctor's note.
Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.