Hospitals


CMS Issues Guidance on Blanket Stark Law Waivers During COVID-19 Crisis
April 1, 2020 | Geoffrey R. Kaiser | Ada Kozicz | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
On March 30, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued blanket waivers of certain requirements of the federal physician self-referral law (Stark Law), retroactive to March 1, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. A detailed discussion of the waivers may be found here. …
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CISA Guidance Clarifies “Essential Industry” for Healthcare
March 31, 2020 | Marc S. Ullman | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Pharmaceuticals
On March 28, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a much-needed update clarifying what constitutes “essential industry” during the national COVID-19 response. This updated Guidance is especially important as many of the individual state declarations of emergency refer to “essential industry” without any enumeration, or specifically reference DHS-CISA agency …
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NYS Halts All Non-Essential Construction
March 30, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy
On March 27, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order requiring all “non-essential” construction in the State to shut down, with the exception of (i) emergency projects necessary to protect the health and safety of building occupants; and (ii) projects that would be unsafe to shut down when incomplete, which may continue until they …
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CMS Releases 2020 Telehealth Policies
March 25, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated edition of its Medicare Learning Network Telehealth Services booklet. The publication, targeted at Medicare fee-for-service providers, outlines Medicare’s telehealth reimbursement policies for 2020. There is also a short summary of the expanded telehealth benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries during the current COVID-19 outbreak, …
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Rivkin Radler Launches Coronavirus Resource Center
March 24, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | HIPAA | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers | Telehealth
Rivkin Radler has launched a Coronavirus Resource Center on the firm’s website. All of the firm’s COVID-19-related articles and blog posts, across our many practice groups, are now compiled in one place for easy reference. We’ll continue adding to the Resource Center as the pandemic continues. …
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Cuomo Seeks to Increase Number of NYS Healthcare Workers
March 24, 2020 | Ashley (Osadon) Algazi | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued a number of Executive Orders aimed at temporarily facilitating the ability of healthcare professionals to practice in New York State and aid hospitals in the care and treatment of coronavirus patients. Gov. Cuomo has also been directly soliciting healthcare professionals from all forms of practice to supplement hospital …
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HHS Issues National Emergency Health Care Waivers
March 23, 2020 | Geoffrey R. Kaiser | Fraud and Abuse | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
Responding to the Coronavirus public health emergency, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) has waived certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including requirements relating to the Stark Self-Referral Law (“Stark”), the HIPAA privacy regulations and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). This action was taken …
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Emergency Executive Order Halts Elective Surgeries in NYC
March 18, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, on March 16 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an Emergency Executive Order ordering the closing of restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues, and suspending numerous regulations and laws that require public meetings and hearings within the City. The Order also includes a direction to …
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CMS Expands Medicare Telehealth Coverage
March 18, 2020 | Margarita Christoforou | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
In an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17 announced the expansion of Medicare coverage for telehealth nationwide, effective immediately. CMS will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries residing anywhere in the U.S. so that those who …
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CMS Website Compiles Emergency Waivers and Guidance
March 17, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a “Current Emergencies” page on its website that compiles links to the agency’s recent press releases and guidance regarding coronavirus in one place. CMS has already issued more than 30 press releases and guidance documents in March alone and there are too many to summarize, …
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