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Today in Washington – June 2, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[06/02/20]

Posted on June 2, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Tuesday, June 2 Update Our Federal Advocacy Team is dedicated to providing frequent COVID-19 updates as they develop. Going forward, these updates will be distributed as developments warrant instead of nightly. These updates along with other resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website​. Note – ​we believe this is... READ MORE

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Indiana Lawsuit Seeks to Prevent Employer from Denying Paid Leave Under FFCRA

[06/02/20]

Posted on June 2, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

As expected COVID-19 related litigation steadily increases, a lawsuit recently filed in the Northern District of Indiana presents a novel approach regarding the potential applicability of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) to large employers who are otherwise not covered under the FFCRA. The employer, with more than 500 employees, was not... READ MORE

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The FAQ Carousel: HHS Continues with More Updates to CARES Act Relief Fund FAQs

[06/01/20]

Posted on June 1, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) continues to update its Provider Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). The latest revisions are dated May 26 and 29, 2020 and include new FAQs and modifications to existing FAQs. HHS also modified two of the FAQs by deleting potentially significant language without marking those FAQs... READ MORE

Attention: Employers with Multi-State Locations…Prepare to Juggle Federal, State, County and Local Return-to-Work Requirements

[06/01/20]

Posted on June 1, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

As Safer-at-Home transitions to Safe-at-Work, two new issues have emerged for employers: (1) Can I require everyone to return to the workplace?; and (2) What new operational considerations are presented as my employees return? The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Health Safety Act, historically the stepchild of employment safety standards, is suddenly front... READ MORE

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Employees Are Returning to Work…or Are They? The Impact of EPSLA and/or EFMLA on Return to Work

[06/01/20]

Posted on June 1, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

As Shelter-in-Place Orders are relaxed, employers are able to resume varying degrees of pre‑COVID‑19 operations subject to a myriad of state, county and sometimes city government recommendations and/or requirements. However, covered employers remain subject to the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLA”). Both of... READ MORE

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GME Cap Space Travels Easier Under 2021 IPPS Proposed Rule

[06/01/20]

Posted on June 1, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 29, 2020, CMS published its 2021 IPPS Proposed Rule (“Proposed Rule”). If adopted, the Proposed Rule would change CMS’s funding methods for graduate medical education (“GME”), giving additional flexibility to hospitals that train residents who are affected by a hospital or residency program closure. Comments on the Proposed Rule are due on... READ MORE

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Hospitals Fear Pandemic May Threaten Their Eligibility to Participate in the 340B Drug Program

[05/29/20]

Posted on May 29, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In a March 20, 2020 letter to HHS Secretary Azar, 340B Health, a membership organization consisting of more than 1,400 nonprofit hospitals in the 340B drug pricing program, advised the Secretary that its member hospitals fear the COVID-19 public health emergency could have a “material impact” on hospital admissions and payor mix, which, in... READ MORE

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CMS Stabilizes Graduate Medical Education Payments in COVID-19 Rule and Extends Deadlines for FTE Cap Agreements

[05/29/20]

Posted on May 29, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Teaching hospitals, teaching physicians and other providers will have additional flexibility to respond to the COVID‑19 public health emergency (“PHE”) under an interim final rule with comment period (“Rule”) that CMS published on May 8, 2020. The Rule should work to stabilize teaching hospitals’ graduate medical education (“GME”) payments during the COVID‑19 PHE, and... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – May 29, 2020

[05/29/20]

Posted on May 29, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

**We had a request to alphabetize the states instead of dividing by region. Going to test this out for a couple weeks, so if you have feedback either way, just let us know. Want to make this as user-friendly as possible for everyone! ** NATIONAL 22% of Physician Assistants Furloughed, Others Redeployed 5 ways... READ MORE

Information Blocking and Interoperability Regulations: A Few Key Points

[05/29/20]

Posted on May 29, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

A pair of final rules were published May 1, 2020, by HHS. The first rule issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (“ONC”) relates to the 21st Century Cures Act information blocking provisions and the ONC Health IT certification program (“Info Blocking Regulations”). The second rule issued by CMS relates... READ MORE

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