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COVID-19 RESOURCES

Mellette PC is dedicated to keeping our clients abreast of the constant changes the health care landscape is currently undergoing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end please see the list of federal, state, and Mellette PC resources and a… Read More
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CMS Releases Updated Guidance on Nursing Home Resident Home Visits for the Holidays

Introduction On November 18, 2020, CMS released an alert to nursing homes, their residents, and the residents’ family members for those residents that may want to leave the nursing home temporarily to visit family and friends for the holidays or go… Read More
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VDH COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendation, Deadline TODAY

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, recently gave a presentation on COVID-19 vaccination options for long-term care facilities when a vaccine becomes available. Slides from that p… Read More
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Virginia’s New Independent Contractor Laws: Implications for Health Care Providers

Introduction During the 2020 session, the Virginia General Assembly enacted several new laws addressing the evolving employer-worker relationship in a gig economy. Although the appropriate classification of workers as independent contractors versus e… Read More
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CMS Releases Updated Guidance on Nursing Home Visitation

Introduction On September 17, 2020, CMS released updated guidance on visitation in nursing homes during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. This guidance supersedes all previous guidance CMS published on nursing home visitation. While previous guid… Read More
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CMS “Breaks Through” Medicare Coverage Delay and Defines “Reasonable and Necessary” in Proposed Rule

Introduction On September 1, 2020, CMS published a new proposed rule that would create a streamlined Medicare coverage pathway for new and innovative medical devices that are deemed “breakthrough” by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).… Read More
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CMS Imposes New Covid-19 Testing, Reporting, and Documentation Requirements—and Threats of Civil Money Penalties—on Nursing Facilities

Introduction A new emergency final rule with a comment period went into effect on September 2, 2020, making significant changes to the Infection Control Requirements for Participation for long-term care facilities. CMS has also published accompanying… Read More
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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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