In a severe act, Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf has ordered all health care providers, facilities, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to report their inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE), certain pharmaceutical drugs and other medical resources to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) by Monday, April 16, 2020.  The purpose of the reporting is to facilitate

****The DOH has now revised its Order to permit dental practices to resume non-urgent and elective care with limitations.  See our recent post here.

On March 26, 2020, the DOH revised its Order on dental emergency procedures in Pennsylvania to make it consistent with the CDC’s recommendations for such procedures.  Link to revised Order

The CDC has issued and updated specific guidance on the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic for health care professionals on its website (accessible here: CDC Coronavirus – Health Care Professionals) and has advised health care facilities and clinicians (including physicians and dentists) to “prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks.”

Fellow Fox Rothschild LLP attorneys Margaret J. Davino, Salvatore J. Russo and Nawa A. Lodin generously contributed this post.

On March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) broadened access to Medicare telehealth services to allow Medicare patients to receive more services from their doctors without travel to a health care

***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

**For General Guidance on COVID-19 for Dental Practices, please see our post Coronavirus Resources for Physicians and Dentists.

Dentists should also be aware of the following guidance:

  • State Governors have issued directions to all industries regarding the outbreak.  Know what your Governor has said about dental practices (or health care practices in general).
  • The

With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the significant governmental actions being taken at federal, state and local levels, physicians and dentists around the country are seeking guidance on how to continue to treat patients while ensuring that the health of their employees and patients is protected.

Whether your practice is open or

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

Any practice (whether medical, dental or orthodontic) that provides patients with the opportunity to log-on to the practice’s website for scheduling, bill payment or other information should note that, as of July 1, 2019, the patient’s login credentials (i.e., username/email address in combination with a password or answer to a security question) will be considered

The New Jersey Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act (the “Law”), New Jersey’s “surprise” medical billing law, went into effect on August 30, 2018.  Among other things, it requires licensed health care professionals in New Jersey (including, but not limited to, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners) that bill health benefits plans