On May 23, 2020, the PA Department of Health (DOH) revised its guidance for ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs) to require ASFs that intend to provide COVID-19 testing to patients and staff to hold the appropriate CLIA certification and state laboratory permit to perform such testing.

For specific information on what CLIA certification is required, please see the DOH’s guidance on … Continue Reading

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is keenly aware of the need to protect employees of dental practices returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  On May 11, 2020, OSHA issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect dental industry workers from exposure to COVID-19.  OSHA’s alert is consistent with the … Continue Reading

In Guidance issued May 8, 2020 and May 9, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has now permitted medical and dental practices across the Commonwealth to re-engage in the provision of non-urgent or elective care, with certain limitations.

Medical practices may now resume non-urgent and elective care “only when appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is available and telemedicine is … Continue Reading

In the continued fight against opioid addiction, Pennsylvania enacted a new law, effective November 27, 2019, that requires prescribers in Pennsylvania to implement additional steps prior to treating a patient’s chronic pain with a controlled substance containing an opioid, including the implementation of an Opioid Treatment Agreement.  The new law can be accessed here: Act 112 of 2019.… Continue Reading

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued revised Guidance effective April 27, 2020, permitting ambulatory surgery facilities (ASFs) to resume the performance of elective procedures, if the ASF makes an affirmative decision that it is able to do so without jeopardizing the safety of patients and staff or the ASF’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.  

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Shortly after the State of New York relaxed its direct physician supervision requirements in response to the rampant spread of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (“COVID-19”), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published revised standards for its direct physician supervision requirements on March 30, 2020 and April 9, 2020.

March 30, 2020 CMS Guidance

  • The revised standards allow physicians to
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Shortly after the State of New York relaxed its direct physician supervision requirements in response to the rampant spread of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (“COVID-19”), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published revised standards for its direct physician supervision requirements on March 30, 2020 and April 9, 2020.

March 30, 2020 CMS Guidance

  • The revised standards allow physicians to
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***UPDATE:  Effective as of May 8, 2020, the PA DOH as issued revised Guidance permitting dental practices to resume non-urgent and elective care with limitations.  See our post here.

Effective as of March 21, 2020, the PA DOH has issued guidance on what medical procedures are permitted in ASFs.  The DOH also updated its order regarding dental procedures.  This Continue Reading

Electronic Health RecordsBeginning on October 24, 2019, every licensed health care practitioner in Pennsylvania (excluding veterinarians) will be required to electronically prescribe controlled substances (regardless of the dosage) by sending the prescription directly to a pharmacy via the Internet.  Faxes will not qualify as an electronic transmission under the Law.

The primary goals of Act 96 of 2018, passed by the … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania’s Patient Test Result Information Act, which is set to take effect December 23, 2018, requires diagnostic imaging services providers that identify a “significant abnormality” in their test results to directly notify the patient or his/her designee within 20 days of the completed test, its review and its delivery to the ordering health care practitioner.  The new law defines the … Continue Reading