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Surprise, Surprise!: CMS Issues the “No Surprises Act” in its Interim Final Rule Parts I and II

Introduction The No Surprises Act, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, prohibits surprise medical bills for patients when they seek emergency services or when patients receive certain services from out-of-network providers at in-netw… Read More
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More Reason to Jab: CMS Issues Emergency Regulation Requiring Most Health Care Employees at Medicare or Medicaid Certified Providers and Suppliers to Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

Introduction On November 5, 2021, CMS published a new Interim Final Rule revising the requirements of participation for Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers to include a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for provider and supplier st… Read More
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Reasonable and Necessary, Breakthroughs in Reverse; CMS Changes Course on Breakthrough Medicare Device Coverage and Definition of “Reasonable and Necessary”

Introduction On September 1, 2020, CMS published a new proposed rule designed to create a streamlined Medicare coverage pathway for new and innovative medical devices deemed “breakthrough” by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). Had the… Read More
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Getting Into the Gory Details: Detailed COVID-19 Information About Nursing Homes Publicly Available on CMS.gov

On September 21, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new feature on Medicare.gov to make it easier for people to check for COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing home staff and residents. This tool is a result o… Read More
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Virginia Board of Medicine Prioritizes Patient Access to Services in New Telemedicine Guidance Document

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses had to find new, evolving ways to continue to provide goods and services safely to their clients and patients. Health care providers were no exception; however, emergency federal and state telemedicin… Read More
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EEOC Gives Employers a Jab: The Employer’s Right to Require Vaccinations and to Give Them

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has maintained published guidance on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts existing US labors laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Title VII of the Civi… Read More
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The LTC Jab: CMS Publishes New Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements in Long-Term and Intermediate Care Facilities

On May 21, 2021, a new CMS Interim Final Rule went into effect that imposes COVID-19 vaccination requirements on Long-Term and Intermediate Care Facilities (LTCFs and ICFs-IID). This Client Advisory will address these new requirements and will highli… Read More
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The Beginning of the End? CMS Begins Ending Emergency COVID-19 Blanket Waivers

In response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, CMS implemented blanket waivers to several regulations to allow nursing facilities the flexibility necessary to respond to the pandemic. As the pandemic begins to wane, CMS expects to roll the Soci… Read More
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Seven Year Regulatory Cycle: Revisions to the State Medical Facilities Plan for Cardiac Catheterization and Occupancy Standards for Nursing Home Beds Effective March 31, 2021

Revisions to the State Medical Facilities Plan (“SMFP”)—to be replaced over the next 2 years by the State Health Services Plan (“SHSP”)—took effect March 31, 2021. These revisions (1) implement new review criteria for cardiac catheterizat… Read More
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The Designated Support Person: A Different Kind of DSP

Introduction Governor Northam recently signed into law a statute that will require certain licensed medical facilities in Virginia to always allow “designated support persons” to visit and assist patients with disabilities. This statute will be e… Read More
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