COVID-19 has not only taught us more about social distancing, testing and the FDA approval process than we ever wanted to know, it has brought us hundreds of pages of new legislation leading to new funding, new service lines and new regulatory guidance. On April 30, yet another round of “sweeping changes” to support the healthcare community were announced. There are too many nuances to delve into all of them here, but the press release and other related guidance that has been released to date can be found on the NOSORH COVID-19 Resources web page. A couple of items of note:

When delving into these new guidelines, if using sources other than the agency providing oversight, ensure they are trusted and have established credibility. Rely on the official guidance from the oversight body when possible.

With guidance coming so quickly, there are more questions than answers in some topic areas. The NOSORH website houses two pages dedicated to COVID-19:

  • The first is the SORH COVID-19 Response page. This page is dedicated to documenting the weekly SORH COVID-19 Learning Community calls and related materials.
  • The COVID-19 Resources page houses regulatory announcements and guidance as well as relevant resources and tools from members of our partner family. These resources are made available to assist in navigating the onslaught of new and revised guidance from our federal program partners.

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