On March 10, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance for nursing homes to safely expand visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a January 14, 2021 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (“Fifth Circuit”) vacated a $4.3 million Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) fine against the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (“M.D. Anderson”), finding the penalty "arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law."
On December 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) amended the current declaration triggering federal immunity under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act.
On November 30, 2020, the State of Ohio announced a new grant program to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by improving indoor air quality at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day care centers.
Two additions and a clarification of Ohio’s immunity legislation were enacted when the General Assembly recently passed House Bill 151. It grants temporary qualified civil immunity to health care isolation centers during a disaster or emergency and temporarily authorizes emergency medical technicians to perform certain emergency medical services in hospitals.
Today, October 29, 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released an interim final rule (IFR) delaying the compliance date for new “information blocking” requirements previously set to take effect on November 2.
On October 8, 2020, two weeks after Governor DeWine announced it during a COVID-19 press conference, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) posted the new order for indoor visitation for “homes” as defined under Ohio Revised Code 3721.01, including residential care/assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will distribute an additional $20 billion from the Provider Relief Fund, which was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act).
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have recently expanded or transitioned into the manufacture and distribution of products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including face masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), and hand sanitizer.
On Thursday, July 23, 2020, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar officially renewed the declaration that a Public Health Emergency (PHE) exists in connection with COVID-19.
On May 28, 2020, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) issued a decision in Columbus City Schools Dis. Bd. of Edn. v. McClain, et al. (May 28, 2020), BTA No. 2018-649 that reverses real property tax exemptions for permanent supportive housing facilities.
Establishing and maintaining a unified medical staff is not without its challenges and hurdles. This Health Care Alert outlines some considerations health systems should evaluate when contemplating a unified medical staff structure.