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What you need to know about CMS’s recovery of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments

Nicole Jobe April 16, 2021

In March of 2020, CMS expanded the COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments Program to additional Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Permanent changes finally coming to telehealth

Mackenzie Wallace April 8, 2021
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CMS has finalized a rule that expands Medicare coverage for telehealth services. This final rule, along with other new rules and waivers by the federal government, state governments and private payors, has significantly expanded access to and coverage of virtual health care services in response to the public health emergency. READ MORE

HHS provides updated guidance on Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements

Nicole Jobe February 3, 2021
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On January 15, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it has amended the reporting timeline for those who received Provider Relief Fund payments exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate. Additionally, pursuant to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, HHS revised the methodology for calculating lost revenues. READ MORE

Additional updates to the Provider Relief Fund

Nicole Jobe October 28, 2020
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On October 22, HHS updated its reporting guidance to revise the methodology for calculating lost revenue and expanded the eligibility requirements for the Phase 3 distribution. This blog updates our blog posted earlier this week on these topics. READ MORE

Provider Relief Fund updates: Phase 3 distribution and reporting requirements

Nicole Jobe October 26, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services has opened the portal for Phase 3 of Provider Relief Funds, which will include an additional $20 billion in distributions. The distributions will be made available to an expanded group of providers. READ MORE

State Emergency Declarations: When do they expire and what impact do they have for health care facilities and providers?

September 21, 2020
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, states across the country have issued emergency declarations or disaster proclamations. It is important to track the expiration of a state’s emergency declaration to ensure appropriate compliance with various legal requirements. READ MORE

HHS provides update for Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements

Nicole Jobe August 24, 2020
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Recipients of aid from the Provider Relief Fund are required to submit reports detailing how the funds were used, but detailed instructions and a data collection template have not yet been released. This article outlines what we know about the reporting deadlines while recipients await further guidance. READ MORE

Be on the lookout for frequent changes being made to the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund FAQs

Nicole Jobe June 11, 2020
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The Department of Health and Human Services has updated its FAQs regarding the Provider Relief Fund contained in the CARES Act. It is important to monitor these changes because HHS has changed its position on certain issues and such changes could impact a provider’s ability to retain the funds. READ MORE

10 potential benefits for physicians under the CARES Act

Nicole Jobe April 15, 2020
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The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act includes several provisions that could provide relief to physicians as a result of the pandemic. READ MORE

Blog Browse: Federal agencies announce expedited antitrust procedures for COVID-19 public health efforts

Nicole Williams April 2, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division — the two federal agencies responsible for enforcement of federal antitrust laws — issued a joint statement recognizing that dealing with the COVID-19 crisis will require “unprecedented cooperation…among private businesses.” The joint statement details procedures and guidance aimed at collaborations of businesses working to protect the health and safety of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Follow Up: Impact of Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Who is considered a “health care provider” or “emergency responder”?

Jim Fogle April 2, 2020
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Previously, we discussed the impact of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on medical practices and health care providers. Specifically, the Act allows medical practices and other health care entities to exclude any employees who are “health care providers” or “emergency responders” from the new emergency provisions. In follow-up guidance, the Department of Labor recently clarified the definition of “health care provider.” READ MORE

Impact of Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Focus on medical practices and other health care providers

Jim Fogle March 27, 2020
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act establishes new emergency medical and sick leave benefit requirements for employers with 500 or less employees. However, health care entities have the right to exclude their some of their employees, with certain stipulations. READ MORE

Blog Browse: Coronavirus legislation may impact your paid leave and FMLA obligations

Chuck Poplstein March 18, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act we first reported on earlier this week has now passed the Senate after technical corrections by the House of Representatives and has been sent to the President for signature. This bill creates several significant paid leave requirements for employers. Even employers not usually covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may be required to offer FMLA leave and paid sick time for employees who must miss work for coronavirus-related reasons. READ MORE