Articles and Blogs

Year: 2020

Creating COVID-Only Skilled Nursing Facilities: Advantages and Disadvantages

[04/09/20]

Posted on April 9, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recently issued new recommendations to state and local governments and skilled nursing facilities (“facility”) to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Two states also recently announced they will pay facilities a premium to identify as COVID-only facilities.... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – April 8, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/08/20]

Posted on April 8, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Wednesday, April 8 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ Congressional Outlook Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader... READ MORE

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Zooming into Risk During COVID-19

[04/08/20]

Posted on April 8, 2020 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

In the midst of the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency and with 43 states issuing stay-at-home orders, both business and personal connectivity has become increasingly dependent on video-teleconferencing (“VTC”) platforms, such as Zoom, in order to stay connected. Unfortunately, these VTC platforms may be extremely vulnerable to hacking attempts by malicious actors and other... READ MORE

Temporary Suspension of Medicare Sequestration and Increased DRG Payments Under the CARES Act: But What About Medicare Advantage?

[04/08/20]

Posted on April 8, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Section 3709 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (“CARES Act”) temporarily suspends Medicare sequestration for the period of May 1 through December 31, 2020. As a result, health care providers can expect to receive an increase in fee-for-service Medicare payments by approximately 2% as compared to what they would... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – April 7, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/07/20]

Posted on April 7, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Tuesday, April 7 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ CMS Provides More Information on CARES Act Funding At the White House... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – April 6, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/06/20]

Posted on April 6, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Monday, April 6 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ Congressional Outlook The House and Senate remain in recess until at least... READ MORE

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OIG Announces AKS Enforcement Discretion for Arrangements Covered by Blanket Stark Waivers

[04/06/20]

Posted on April 6, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 3, 2020, OIG released a Policy Statement indicating OIG will exercise its enforcement discretion not to impose administrative sanctions under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) for certain financial arrangements related to a COVID-19 purpose that are covered under the Blanket Stark waivers issued by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health... READ MORE

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Paid Sick Leave: DOL’s Temporary Regulations for FFCRA

[04/06/20]

Posted on April 6, 2020 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Just as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) went into effect on April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its “Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (“Temporary Rule.”) This Temporary Rule was published in the Federal Register on Monday, April 6, 2020, and provides some... READ MORE

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OIG Reports on Hospitals’ Experiences in Managing COVID-19 Crisis

[04/06/20]

Posted on April 6, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a report summarizing OIG’s interviews with hospital administrators across the country on COVID-19. The interviews, which Hall Render summarized in a previous alert, were conducted between March 23 through March 27 and focused on three... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – April 4, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/04/20]

Posted on April 4, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Saturday, April 4 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ Congressional Outlook The House and Senate remain in recess until April 20.... READ MORE

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