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Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Adopts First-in-Nation Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Standards

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Adopts First-in-Nation Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Standards Introduction After much debate, the Safety and Health Codes Board of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (“DOLI”) passed, and Govern… Read More
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HHS Final Rule Concerning Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Adopted; CARES Act Changes to Follow

In August 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) proposed a new rule that would amend provisions of 42 CFR Part 2 governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records. Shortly thereafter, Mellette PC publishe… Read More
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State Agency Guidance Evolves on Nursing and Assisted Living Facility Re-Opening

State Agency Guidance Evolves on Nursing and Assisted Living Facility Re-Opening As Virginia continues to progress through phased re-opening, Virginia long-term care facilities are balancing and considering the mental and physical health dangers pose… Read More
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2020 Overhaul to COPN Results in Process Changes and Promises

Long awaited revisions to Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need (“COPN”) process take effect July 1, 2020. These revisions come after years of efforts by healthcare professionals, advocates, and health care plans to reform the process by which… Read More
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CMS Pivots to Enforcement of Infection Control Deficiencies in Nursing Facilities

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and long-term care residents are at enhanced risk, infection control procedures and practices in nursing facilities are back under the microscope. As part of its renewed emphasis on proper infection control in nursin… Read More
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CMS Releases Guidance to Re-Opening of Nursing Facilities

As states and localities begin the long process of re-opening, they need to be particularly cognizant of the unique challenges facing at risk locations like nursing facilities. With those challenges in mind, CMS recently released guidance and an acco… Read More
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Changes to Nursing Home Reporting Requirements Due to COVID-19

Introduction CMS recently published a new interim final rule with comment period as part of its continued response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The rule imposed temporary changes in many health care provider services and included addition… Read More
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Governor’s Executive Order 60 Clarifies Certain Immunity from Liability Available to Health Care Providers during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 60 (“EO 60”) on April 28, 2020, with the intent to clarify certain statutory grants of immunity to health care providers from liability for injuries or deaths that occur during the provider’s respon… Read More
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Governor Announces Licensing Flexibilities for Health Care Professionals in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In continuing to respond to the healthcare needs of Virginians during the state of emergency declared under Executive Order 51, Governor Ralph Northam has issued Executive Order 57, which affects the licensing of health care professionals. Effective… Read More
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CMS to Issue Guidance to Nursing Homes on Increased Reporting and Notification Requirements of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Consistent with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) goals to enable and guide health care facilities in responding to the 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), CMS issued a memorandum on April 19, 2020 providing notice of… Read More
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