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Some Is Good, But More (Reporting) Is Better – 9 Key Points on the New Skilled Nursing CDC COVID-19 Reporting Regulations

[05/01/20]

Posted on May 1, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released 279 pages of interim final regulations to add a new provision at 42 CFR 483.80(g)(1), to require facilities to electronically report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) information about COVID-19 in a standardized format specified by CMS. What... READ MORE

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OSHA Adopts Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19

[04/17/20]

Posted on April 17, 2020 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On April 13, 2020, OSHA issued instructions and guidance to Area Offices for handling COVID-19-related complaints, referrals and severe illness reports (“Plan”). The Plan’s objective is to ensure safe conditions for workers while also taking measures to protect its own personnel. The Plan sets forth interim procedures that allow flexibility and discretion for its... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – April 10, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/10/20]

Posted on April 10, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Friday, April 10 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 Delivers Initial $30 Billion in CARES Act Provider Funding HHS announced... READ MORE

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FEMA Restricts Export of PPE in Temporary Final Rule

[04/10/20]

Posted on April 10, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 10, 2020, FEMA published a temporary final rule giving the Agency the authority to block the export of critical PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic, including masks, respirators (and their filters and cartridges), non-sterile gloves and surgical gloves. The rule is effective until August 8, 2020. Prioritization and Allocation of Certain Scarce or Threatened... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – April 9, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/09/20]

Posted on April 9, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Thursday, April 9 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 Releases New Waivers for Health Care Facilities COVID-19 Response CMS issued... READ MORE

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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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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 3, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/03/20]

Posted on April 3, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Friday, April 3 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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Today in Washington – March 24, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[03/24/20]

Posted on March 24, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Tuesday, March 24 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 Negotiations in the Senate over the third stimulus bill continued... READ MORE

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USP Publishes Guidance on Conserving PPE in Sterile Compounding and Compounding Hand-Sanitizer During COVID-19 Pandemic

[03/23/20]

Posted on March 23, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (“USP”) Compounding Expert Committee published resources in response to reported shortages of gowns and personal protective equipment (“PPE”) as well as shortages of alcohol-based hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the expectation is that compounders continue to follow applicable USP standards, we anticipate... READ MORE

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