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RCPA members are invited to join the next Member Update Webinar on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 1:30 pm. Please register here to attend this webinar and get the latest updates on COVID developments and protocol, legislation affecting providers, and other industry-related news. The agenda will be issued prior to the webinar; members are asked to submit any questions or concerns that they would like covered during this webinar to tmiletic@paproviders.org. We look forward to your participation.

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On July 19, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced the renewal of the national Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration of the PHE will remain in effect for 90 days unless renewed again, which HHS has done (five times). The PHE status enables the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to keep in place many waivers of Medicare rules.

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Advisory Board, established under section 1252 of the Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C.A. § 300d-52), will hold their next virtual public meeting on August 6, 2021. Due to health concerns related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the virtual public meeting will be held by means of Microsoft Teams from 9:00 am–1:00 pm.

Meeting materials will be sent out before the virtual public meeting. Contact Nicole Johnson with any questions. To join the Microsoft Teams virtual public meeting, call (267) 332-8737. The conference ID is 800547238#.

The Department of Health’s (DOH) Head Injury Program (HIP) strives to ensure that eligible individuals who have a TBI receive high quality rehabilitative services aimed at reducing functional limitations and improving quality of life. The Board assists the Department in understanding and meeting the needs of persons living with TBI and their families. This quarterly virtual public meeting will provide updates on a variety of topics, including the number of people served by HIP. In addition, meeting participants will discuss budgetary and programmatic issues, community programs relating to traumatic brain injury, and available advocacy opportunities.

For additional information, or for persons with a disability who wish to attend the virtual public meeting and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to do so, contact Nicole Johnson, Division of Community Systems Development and Outreach at (717) 772-2763, or for speech and/or hearing-impaired persons, contact V/TT (717) 783-6514 or the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654-5984.