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WEBINAR SERIES RECAP | Ending the Public Health Emergency + Post-Pandemic Check-Up

Client Alert, Multimedia

Some may take the position that the rest of the country already returned to a new “normal” following the COVID-19 pandemic. But healthcare providers continue to implement COVID protocols and navigate the ever-changing healthcare regulations at both the federal and state levels. It is important for healthcare providers to take time for a “Healthcare Check-Up” with the start of 2023 and the ending of the Public Health Emergency (“PHE”).

BMD Healthcare and Employment + Labor Attorneys presented this 6-part series on the ending of the PHE.

Telehealth Updates

Originally Aired April 5, 2023

Telehealth became an extremely popular method of providing service during the PHE. However, with the PHE ending, do you know whether your telehealth practice will be ending with it? Learn about the many changes that are on the horizon for telehealth including the elimination of audio-only services for some payors, documentation requirements, medical necessity and consent requirements, ongoing OIG audits, and tele-behavioral health in this webinar hosted by BMD Partner Ashley B. Watson

Medicaid Updates

Originally Aired April 12, 2023

There will no longer be any expansion of Medicaid so many may lose their coverage. This makes the No Surprises Act very important because many will be paying cash (and will not be covered). Find out how this will impact you in this webinar hosted by BMD Member Daphne L. Kackloudis.

Licensure Requirements

Originally Aired April 19, 2023

Waivers of licensure requirements to address the PHE are (if not already based on the state) coming to an end, including those creating telehealth or moonlighting flexibilities. Some states have already taken action to adopt permanent revised licensure laws, including adoption of multi-state licensing compacts.  Others have reverted back to full licensure requirements.  Find out about how the closure of the PHE affects professional licensure requirements in this webinar hosted by BMD Member Jeana M. Singleton.

Payment for COVID Testing / Treatment

Originally Aired April 26, 2023

Payment for COVID testing, vaccines, and treatment is changing. Insurance companies will no longer be required to pay 100% as they are under the FFCRA. Government will no longer pay for the vaccines or testing. Patients will be required to pay out of pocket for the treatments and testing. Vaccines will be subject to copayment and deductible requirements. You will also learn about FDA and emergency use for vaccines. This webinar is hosted by BMD Vice President Amanda L. Waesch.

Employers + COVID

Originally Aired May 3, 2023

Learn about updated employer requirements for the vaccine mandate and time off for COVID. Learn details of the CDC guidance and policies and what states are requiring. Find out what documents you should review to make sure they are up-to-date with the ending of the PHE. This webinar is hosted by BMD Partner and Co-Chair of the Employment and Labor Law Group Bryan Meek.

PHE Recap

Originally Aired May 10, 2023

This webinar highlights the key points from each webinar on telehealth, Medicaid, Licensure Requirements, Payment for COVID testing/treatment, and Employers & COVID. This webinar is hosted by BMD Attorneys Ashley B. Watson, Daphne L. Kackloudis, Jeana M. Singleton, Amanda L. Waesch and Bryan Meek.

Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Rule Changes: Part 2

New rule changes for Certification of Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistants (CDCA)

Board of Pharmacy Rule Changes

Board of Pharmacy made changes to rules effective on March 4, 2024

Counselor, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board Rule Changes

The Counselor, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board has proposed changes to the Ohio Administrative Code rules discussed below. The rules are scheduled for a public hearing on April 23, 2024, and public comments are due by this date. Please reach out to BMD Member Daphne Kackloudis for help preparing comments on these rules or for additional information.

Latest Batch of Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Rules: What Providers Should Know

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board recently released several new rules and proposed amendments to existing rules over the past few months. A hearing for the new rules was held on February 16, 2024, but the Board has not yet finalized them.

Now in Effect: DOL Final Rule on Classification of Independent Contractors

Effective March 11, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has adopted a new standard for the classification of employees versus independent contractors — a much anticipated update since the DOL issued its Final Rule on January 9, 2024, as previously discussed by BMD.  In brief, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) creates significant protections for workers related to minimum wage, overtime pay, and record-keeping requirements. That said, such protection only exists for employees. This can incentivize entities to classify workers as independent contractors; however, misclassification is risky and can be costly.