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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Early last week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed sweeping legislation offering civil and criminal immunity to certain health care professionals and health care facilities battling COVID-19, retroactively effective March 9, 2020.

The new law does not apply to health care services or procedures performed by health care professionals that are unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency (including, but not … Continue Reading

Early last week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed sweeping legislation offering civil and criminal immunity to certain health care professionals and health care facilities battling COVID-19, retroactively effective March 9, 2020.

The new law does not apply to health care services or procedures performed by health care professionals that are unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency (including, but not

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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 (4/27/20): Last week, HHS provided that $50 billion of the PHSSEF Relief Funds is allocated for general distribution to Medicare facilities and providers impacted by COVID-19, based on eligible providers’ 2018 net patient revenue. The first $30 billion tranche was automatically distributed in the beginning of April (see below). The second $20 billion tranche of PHSSEF Relief Funds will Continue Reading

***UPDATE: Providers who have been allocated a payment from the initial $30 billion tranche of PHSSEF Relief Funds must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions within 30 days of payment. On April 16, 2020, HHS provided a link on its CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Webpage to the CARES Act Provider Continue Reading

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 Commonwealth’s purchase of such … Continue Reading

***UPDATE:  To reflect pertinent and helpful material for our clients in various states throughout the country, this post has been updated with further information.

Over the last few weeks, State Governors and Governmental Authorities (including State Boards of Medicine) have issued orders and guidance permitting temporary out-of-state licensure for physicians in light of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

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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.” (See:  CDC Guidance for Health Continue Reading