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Today in Washington – March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[03/31/20]

Posted on March 31, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Tuesday, March 31 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.​ HHS, FEMA Create Supply Chain Task Force HHS and the Federal Emergency... READ MORE

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OIG Issues COVID-19 Message Minimizing Burdens on Providers

[03/31/20]

Posted on March 31, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 30, 2020, OIG released a message to health care providers reinforcing OIG’s continued focus on aggressively pursuing bad actors exploiting the COVID-19 crisis but also praising the hard work and dedication of the frontline providers who are serving heroically in this crisis. This is in follow-up to our previous COVID-19-related guidance pertaining... READ MORE

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CMS Issues New Blanket Stark Waivers for COVID-19 Purposes

[03/31/20]

Posted on March 31, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued blanket waivers of several Stark Law requirements related to COVID-19 physician arrangements. These waivers are welcome news to hospitals, health systems and other providers that have been tackling challenging physician contracting, compensation and staffing issues over the past month. Timeframe The... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – March 30, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[03/30/20]

Posted on March 30, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Monday, March 30 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 Updates Waivers & Flexibilities Late this afternoon, CMS updated the waivers... READ MORE

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Testing! Testing! CMS Issues Guidance to Help Laboratories During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[03/30/20]

Posted on March 30, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In an effort to ensure that America’s clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS issued a memo providing guidance during these uncertain times. In their discretion, CMS issued guidance on: (1) how pathologists may review pathology slides remotely; (2) the expedited review of CLIA applications; (3) the use of one... READ MORE

COVID-19’s Implications for EMTALA Compliance

[03/30/20]

Posted on March 30, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly across the United States, emergency departments regardless of hospital size or location are being inundated with patients seeking emergency care. Providers have begun to question how they can fulfill their obligations to perform emergency screenings, stabilization and transfers in compliance with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act... READ MORE

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CMS Activates Accelerated Payment Program Nationwide as Part of COVID-19 Response

[03/29/20]

Posted on March 29, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 28, 2020, CMS published a Press Release announcing an expansion of its existing accelerated payment program (“APP”) to help providers and suppliers access emergency funding needed to support operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Press Release includes a Fact Sheet with details about eligibility, funding amounts, processing and how the funds are... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – March 27, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[03/27/20]

Posted on March 27, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Friday, March 27 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 Despite a last minute procedural objection from Rep. Tom Massie... READ MORE

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Tax and Monetary Relief in Response to COVID-19

[03/27/20]

Posted on March 27, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

COVID-19 is taking the world by storm, and in Washington D.C., our legislators have been working day and night to find methods of monetary assistance and relief for families, individuals, and businesses as the country prepares for a temporary freeze in the economy. Here is a quick highlight of the tax and general business... READ MORE

Latest Stimulus Bill Includes Over $100 Billion in Health Care Industry Relief: Providers Should Start Preparing Now

[03/27/20]

Posted on March 27, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 25, 2020, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748) (“CARES Act” or “Act”). The CARES Act contains numerous provisions aimed at the response to the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, including $100 billion in reimbursement to hospitals and other health care entities for COVID-19-related expenses and lost... READ MORE

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