January COVID GAO Report Available


The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on January 28 entitled Critical Vaccine Distribution, Supply Chain, Program Integrity, and Other Challenges Require Focused Federal Attention (GAO-21-265). This review of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic is GAO’s fifth comprehensive report since June 2020 about the implementation of the CARES Act. In the report, GAO made several recommendations (focused around areas like COVID-19 testing, vaccines and therapeutics, and the medical supply chain) to federal agencies to improve the ongoing response and recovery efforts in the areas of public health and the economy.   

Note that there is a summary of the Provider Relief Fund allocations and disbursements, as of December 31, 2020, on page 54. You will see a detailed table of awards by provider type, including skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Page 58 includes the start of a section specifically on nursing homes and the continued COVID-19 challenges faced by these providers. McKnight’s also provided a brief overview of portions of the report you can find here.