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Today in Washington – June 18, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

Posted on June 18, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Thursday, June 18 Update

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Congressional Outlook

  • Yesterday, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing to consider which telehealth expansion provisions should be continued once the coronavirus public health emergency ends. Most agreement was reached over continuing to pay doctors for telehealth visits regardless of the patient’s location and keeping the new types of covered services eligible for reimbursement. Although the cost of  expanding telehealth has always been the biggest hurdle for Congress, the committee’s chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, indicated that coronavirus expansions provisions could be included in health care-related legislation that will come up later this year.

DOL Issues OSHA Guidance for Employers on Re-opening Non-Essential Businesses

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued guidance to assist employers re-opening non-essential businesses.

HHS Awards Funds to Train Health Workforce

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration announced the distribution of $107.2 million to 310 recipients to increase the health workforce in rural and underserved communities.

From the FDA

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