BPHC Bulletin: Health Center Program COVID-19 Update 3-25-2020

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We appreciate all that you are doing to address the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), particularly among the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

We will send additional bulletins regularly as we have new information available.

Latest News

  • Missed yesterday’s “Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates” call? Here’s a recording. We’ll post a transcript of the call soon. NOTE: People using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in these files. For assistance, contact HRSAAccessibility@hrsa.gov.
  • Yesterday, HHS, through HRSA, awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers across the country with funding provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. HRSA-funded health centers may use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. See a list of award recipients.
  • We continually update our Health Center Program COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage. Yesterday and today, we added more than a dozen questions on topics including:
    • The release of fiscal year 2020 COVID-19 funding.
    • HRSA expectations around demonstrating compliance during the COVID-19 emergency.
    • FTCA coverage of telehealth visits with non-patients.
    • HIPAA flexibilities for providing telehealth using technologies like FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, or Skype.
    • Possible effects of COVID-19 on Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting, Quality Improvement Awards, accreditation, training and technical assistance events, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

Upcoming Event

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement, will hold a webinar tomorrow.  

Flattening the COVID-19 Curve: Latest Update
(Thursday, March 26)
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Visit NACHC's website to register


If you have questions about the Health Center Program and COVID-19, please contact Health Center Program Support online. Select “Coronavirus Inquiries (COVID-19)” as the issue type—the third option on the “Health Center or EHBs Question” screen.

You can also call Health Center Program Support at 877-464-4772, option 2, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday (except federal holidays).