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Telehealth Flexibility Updates: HIPAA, DEA, and CMS
May 12, 2023
The Covid-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) officially ended on May 11, 2023. But what does that mean for telehealth, a field that expanded exponentially during the PHE? Fortunately, many of the flexibilities will remain intact, at least temporarily. This client alert presents a brief overview of the timelines that providers need to follow, but for a more comprehensive review of telehealth flexibilities and when they will end
Blog Post, Multimedia
Ending the Public Health Emergency - Medicaid Updates
April 14, 2023
Watch the recording from week two of our Ending the Public Health Emergency webinar series!
Brennan Manna Diamond
Ending the Public Health Emergency - Telehealth Updates
April 10, 2023
BMD's Ashley Watson shares telehealth updates to be aware of during the ending of the Public Health Emergency
Brennan Manna Diamond
Did You Receive More than $750,000 in Provider Relief Funds?
November 24, 2020
The Provider Relief Funds (“PRF”) - authorized under the CARES Act - has been a vital tool for health care providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. These funds have allowed providers to stay open and continue to offer care during these pressing times. While helpful, these funds do come with several important obligations. First, fund recipients are required to comply with certain record-keeping requirements as well as comply with certain balance billing prohibitions. See our Client Alert. Second, fund recipients are required to report their intent, use of funds, and other data elements, which helps promote transparency to the federal government. Please see our Client Alert on provider relief fund reporting requirements. Third, and perhaps a new concept for many providers, fund recipients of more than $750,000 must undergo a “single audit” to ensure program compliance and appropriate use of funds.
Amanda Waesch & Kevin Cripe
Ohio House Passes Bill 679 Establishing & Modifying Telehealth Service Requirements
July 6, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Ohio Department of Health, Department of Medicaid, and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services issued emergency rules expanding telehealth services and increasing access to healthcare while the public was under a stay-at-home order. On June 10, 2020, the Ohio House of Representatives favorably (91 votes for and 3 votes against) passed House Bill 679 (“HB 679”), establishing new and modifying existing requirements regarding the provision of telehealth services in Ohio. This bill essentially turns the various administrative emergency rules into law and will fundamentally change the way healthcare is delivered in the state.
Kevin M. Cripe
Congress Passes Another Round of Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses
April 24, 2020
On April 24, 2020, President Trump signed into law another round of coronavirus relief aimed at helping small businesses during this public health emergency. The bill contains a total of $484 billion in additional aid. The majority of funds in this bill are dedicated to replenishing the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), which gives small businesses loans to cover payroll costs that could be forgiven if specific requirements are followed. Congress initially funded the PPP in March with $350 billion, but this amount was exhausted as of April 16, 2020.
FFCRA Update: Implementation Date Accelerated from April 2 to April 1
March 26, 2020
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020, and provides several responses to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including providing for free coronavirus testing, giving a boost to funding for state unemployment compensation (subject to states waiving work search requirements and the waiting week), and leave for employees affected by coronavirus through the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. The FFCRA also provides refundable tax credits for employers providing the required paid family and sick leave to employees in connection with this public health emergency.
Jeffrey C. Miller and Russell T. Rendall
Northern District Court of Ohio Closed to the Public Until May 1
March 24, 2020
Northern District Court of Ohio Closed to the Public Until May 1, 2020.