The deadline for SBA COVID-19 EIDL Loans is approaching, and the Small Business Administration is encouraging all eligible to apply ASAP, especially for the Supplemental Targeted Advance. Applications for the up to $5,000 Supplemental Targeted Advance loan will be processed until the end of day, December 31st and no later so applicants are encouraged to apply by December 10th. Those applying for the up to $10,000 Targeted EIDL Advance and COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) have until December 31st. These loans will continue to be processed after that date. Applicants may apply for all three loans if eligible, but should note that “advances” do not have to be repaid while the COVID-19 EIDL is not forgivable. These loans are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To view the COVID-19 EIDL Loan FAQ, click here. Click here to apply.
On Thursday, September 9th, a COVID-19 vaccine mandate was announced for federal workers and government contract workers. In addition to the federal worker rules, there have been several other directives out of U.S Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Labor Department, including a mandate from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and another from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Under the rules from HHS, CMS is requiring that workers employed by Medicare and Medicaid-certified healthcare organizations get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, OSHA has issued an emergency temporary standard that is requiring employees in work settings with over 100 workers to be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine or be tested weekly. On November 4, 2021 CMS issued an emergency regulation implementing the vaccine mandate. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), "the CMS rule will apply to dentists working in Medicare or Medicaid facilities such as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, nursing homes and federally qualified health centers, but not private dental offices". They further note that employers are required to allow for paid time off for vaccination and recovery. State mandates for health care workers may be broader than the federal vaccine mandate. The AAPD concurs with the ADA that dental professionals are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, but that vaccinations should not be mandated.
Check out these selected resources to keep up to date on the new mandates and more:
Guidance for Documenting Employee COVID-19 Vaccinations (ADA login required)
Originally published September 16, 2021
Children age 5-11 years old can now get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine following the vaccine’s FDA authorization and review by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC. The CDC continues to endorse a layered approach to prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic that includes vaccination, physical distancing, mask-wearing among other precautions for health care facilities.
To learn more about the new vaccine recommendation, click here to read COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens. To read the FDA press announcement on the COVID-19 Vaccine authorization for children age 5-11, click here.
The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the availability of 25.5 billion dollars of additional Provider Relief Funds (PRF) for health care providers for lost revenue and costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase 4 payments to providers, including a bonus payment to those serving Medicaid/CHIP and Medicare patients, are based on the losses and expenditures between July 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Additional funds are available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for providers serving rural patients on Medicaid/CHIP and Medicare, and these funds can be applied for on the same application. The application opens on September 29th.
HHS has also announced that there will be a 60 day reporting grace period for period 1 reporting for providers impacted by recent disasters. To read the the Phase 4 Provider Relief Funds announcement from HHS, click here. Click here to visit the Provider Relief Fund Application and Attestation Portal, and here to access the PRF Reporting Portal.
The American Dental Association created a detailed FAQ to help guide dentists through the phase 4 funding process. The resource includes information on eligibility, application and reporting processes, but also explains what to do if your 3rd payment was calculated incorrectly, provides a list of expenses and revenues lost that qualify for reimbursement, addresses a common tax-related question, and more. Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions: HHS Provider Relief Fund.
AAPD COVID-19 Resources
AAPD has provided additional resources regarding infection control, practice and staff management, emergency care, office closures/limited services and COVID-19 status.