Recent News and Industry Developments

SECTION 1135 HIPAA WAIVERS AND ENFORCEMENT ISSUES FOR COVID-19
News | SECTION 1135 HIPAA WAIVERS AND ENFORCEMENT ISSUES FOR COVID-19

March 19, 2020 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued two significant notices impacting standards under HIPAA in ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The first… Read more »

HHS ADVISES THAT IT IS COMMITTED TO NO ONE BEING LEFT BEHIND DURING THIS EMERGENCY
News | HHS ADVISES THAT IT IS COMMITTED TO NO ONE BEING LEFT BEHIND DURING THIS EMERGENCY

March 19, 2020 While the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has waived a number of requirements for health care providers in light of the ongoing emergency situation, on… Read more »

Time for Employer Action: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
News | Time for Employer Action: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 19, 2020 The United States Senate passed a modified version of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act’), on March 18, 2020, and President Trump quickly… Read more »

COVID-19 UPDATE: EXPANSION OF MEDICARE TELEHEALTH BENEFITS COVERS BROAD ARRAY OF SERVICES AND REDUCES RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL TO HEALTHCARE FACILITIES
News | COVID-19 UPDATE: EXPANSION OF MEDICARE TELEHEALTH BENEFITS COVERS BROAD ARRAY OF SERVICES AND REDUCES RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL TO HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

MARCH 18, 2020 THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES EXPANDED MEDICARE TELEHEALTH COVERAGE In addition to telehealth services already available to Medicare beneficiaries and their physicians (e.g., “virtual check-ins”), changes made today… Read more »

CMS UPDATES GUIDANCE TO NURSING HOMES REGARDING CORONAVIRUS
Advisories | News | CMS UPDATES GUIDANCE TO NURSING HOMES REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

March 17, 2020 On March 13, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Quality, Safety & Oversight memorandum (the “Memorandum”) addressing guidelines for Infection Control and… Read more »

CHANGES RESULTING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2020 RELAVANT TO HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS
News | CHANGES RESULTING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2020 RELAVANT TO HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS

MARCH 17, 2020 THE CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2020 Passed on March 4, 2020, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (the “Act”), allocates, among… Read more »

THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF PHARMACY RESPONDS TO ANTICIPATED COVID-19 CHALLENGES
Advisories | News | THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF PHARMACY RESPONDS TO ANTICIPATED COVID-19 CHALLENGES

March 16, 2020 BOARD OF PHARMACY UPDATES Pursuant to Chapter 3.2 (§ 44-146.13 et seq.) of Title 44, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy (the “Board”) issued its current position on… Read more »

CMS Makes Blanket Waivers Available to Health Care Providers to respond to COVID-19 Outbreak
News | CMS Makes Blanket Waivers Available to Health Care Providers to respond to COVID-19 Outbreak

March 16, 2020 Under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has the authority to issue blanket waivers when the President declares… Read more »

What Employers Need to Know About H.R. 6201 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Advisories | News | What Employers Need to Know About H.R. 6201 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 16, 2020 On March 14, 2020, the United States House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act’).  While this legislation guarantees free… Read more »

Section 1135 Waivers – Emergency and Disaster-Related Modifications to Federal Requirements
Advisories | News | Section 1135 Waivers – Emergency and Disaster-Related Modifications to Federal Requirements

March 13, 2020 In the event of a disaster or emergency, like the COVID-19 pandemic, Section 1135 of the Social Security Act (the “Act”) allows for the waiver of certain… Read more »

IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19 ON HOSPITAL COMPLIANCE WITH EMTALA
News | IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19 ON HOSPITAL COMPLIANCE WITH EMTALA

March 13, 2020 While virtually every aspect of life has been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has indicated that absent a Section 1135 waiver situation, it… Read more »

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