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Department of Health Professions Issues Temporary Waivers to Certain Board of Nursing Licensure Requirements in Response to State of Emergency

Introduction On March 19, 2020, the Director of the Department of Health Professions issued five temporary waivers in response to Governor Northam’s Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in Virginia. These waivers expire on June 10, 2020,… Read More
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Virginia DMAS Issues Guidance in Response to COVID-19 to Virginia Medicaid and FAMIS Program Providers

Introduction Following Governor Northam’s Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (“DMAS”) has issued a new guidance document that offers increased flexibility for provi… Read More
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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Expands Paid Sick Leave Requirements

Introduction The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. This bill enacts provisions that impose emergency paid leave requirements for employers in certain situations and allows fo… Read More
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CMS Temporarily Expands Access to Telehealth Services by Medicare Beneficiaries in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Introduction On March 17, 2020, CMS and OIG announced new measures and policies to ensure that Federal health care plan beneficiaries are receiving the vital health care services that they need during the COVID-19 public health emergency. CMS Telehea… Read More
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Mellette PC – Business as usual during local, state, and national emergencies

March 13, 2020 Client Advisory: Mellette PC – Business as usual during local, state, and national emergencies Our in-box continues to receive notices of COVID-19 related cancellation of events and closures of businesses, courts and offices. At this… Read More
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Client Advisory: CMS Takes Action to Prepare Health Care Facilities to Respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Threat

Introduction On March 4, 2020, CMS issued three new Quality, Safety, and Oversight memos intended to help ensure that America’s health care facilities are prepared to meet the threat posed by COVID-19. Two memos concerned suspension of survey activ… Read More
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Client Advisory: Is this Notice and Comment? Provision Buried in Massive 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Rule Gives CMS New Ability to Revoke or Deny Medicare Enrollment Following State Board Disciplinary Actions

Introduction Effective on January 1, 2020, the 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule provides numerous updates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) concerning Medicare payment rates, documentat… Read More
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Client Alert: Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers: The New, More Secure System for Medicare Beneficiaries

Starting January 1, 2020, all physicians, providers, and suppliers submitting claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for all services provided to Medicare beneficiaries, including Durable Medical Equipment, Home Health, and Hospice, mus… Read More
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Client Advisory: Program Integrity Enhancements or Compliance Nightmare? Changes to Providers’ Affiliation Disclosure Requirements

On November 4, 2019, a new final rule went into effect that dramatically expands affiliation disclosure requirements for enrolling and revalidating providers and suppliers in Federal health care programs. The new rule enhances CMS’s authority to de… Read More
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Client Alert: An Early Holiday Gift? The State Corporation Commission’s New Online Filing System

On December 9, 2019, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (“SCC”) launched a new online filing system. The new, modernized computer information system (“CIS”) will manage the Commission’s business entity and Uniform Commercial Code rec… Read More
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