Governor Beshear Renews Emergency Prescription Refill Order

On November 4, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear renewed the Executive Order allowing Kentucky pharmacists to dispense emergency refills up to a 30-day supply of any non-scheduled medication for Kentucky residents. The Order also allows pharmacists to temporarily operate a pharmacy in an area not designated on a pharmacy permit. This order became effective November 5th for 30 days. Simultaneously, Governor Beshear renewed the Executive Order requiring face coverings in certain public spaces.  

HHS Announces Additional CARES Act Funds for Nursing Homes

On August 7, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that nursing homes and long-term care facilities will receive an additional $5 billion in payments from the Provider Relief Fund. $2.5 billion will support increased testing, staffing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs, and establishment of COVID-19 isolation facilities. The remaining $2.5 billion will be linked to nursing home performance, which will consider the prevalence of COVID-19 in the nursing home’s local geography and the facility’s ability within this framework to control COVID-19 spread and related fatalities among its residents.

Personal Protective Equipment Supplies Running Low

Recent surges in COVID-19 cases are straining health care providers’ already low supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). Despite efforts to increase production and distribution of PPE since the COVID-19 public health emergency began, as well as efforts such as decontaminating N95 masks to extend the useful life of PPE, shortages of disinfectant wipes, N95 masks, medical gowns, and other PPE are occurring as hospitals and nursing homes encounter the current increasing wave of infections. More information is available here.