As part of federal efforts to stem the novel coronavirus' spread in America, CDC on Tuesday issued a directive stating that landlords through the end of 2020 cannot evict any "covered person" from a residential property for not paying their rent, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Maryland, and Texas.
- Georgia: As part of federal efforts to stem the novel coronavirus' spread in America, CDC on Tuesday issued a directive stating that landlords through the end of 2020 cannot evict any "covered person" from a residential property for not paying their rent. Renters covered under the directive include individual renters with annual incomes of less than $99,000 a year and couples with a combined income of less than $198,000 who provide evidence showing they sought federal housing support to help pay their rent, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters on the policy on the condition of anonymity, the Washington Post reports (Romm, Washington Post, 9/1; Fritze/Wu, USA Today, 9/1; Freking, Associated Press, 9/1).
- Maryland: CMS on Tuesday issued a proposed rule that seeks to accelerate the time between when FDA approves so-called "breakthrough" technologies and when Medicare begins to cover those medical devices. Currently, there is a lag time of about 17 months between when FDA approves breakthrough medical devices and when CMS issues Medicare coverage decisions regarding the devices, according to a 2018 study directed by Yale University Medical School, the Wall Street Journal reports. The proposed rule would create a new, accelerated pathway for those coverage decisions, under which Medicare would cover the devices immediately upon FDA's approval for a period of four years. After that period, "CMS may reevaluate" Medicare coverage for "the device based on clinical and real-world evidence of improvement in health outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries," the agency said (Armour, Wall Street Journal, 8/31; Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, 8/31; CMS release, 8/31).
- Texas: Doctors Hospital has named Emma Maria Montes-Ewing as its new CEO, making Montes-Ewing the first woman to serve as the hospital's CEO. Montes-Ewing previously worked as CEO of Scenic Mountain Medical Center and COO and assistant CEO of San Angelo Community Medical Center (KGNS, 8/31; Doctor's Hospital release, 8/9).