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Provider Relief Fund: Changes in Calculation Result in Potential Overpayment

Funding HealthcareThe Provider Relief Fund was established through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) to support health care providers facing lost revenue and increased expenses relating to COVID-19. Within the Provider Relief Fund, certain amounts are allocated for various types of providers. For example, there are specific allocations to hospitals, rural hospitals, and providers treating uninsured patients for COVID-19. Additionally, $50 billion was allocated for general distribution to providers. Of the $50 billion, the first $30 billion was quickly disbursed to facilities and providers who received Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements in 2019. The remaining $20 billion of the general distribution was distributed beginning on April 24, 2020. Read More ›

Categories: Hospice, Hospitals, Medicare

MDHHS Issues Guidance on Patient Care for Michigan Health Care Providers

Virtual Health ScreeningOn May 3, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) provided guidance on the best practices for continued compliance with Executive Order 2020-17. Executive Order 2020-17 implemented temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures as of March 21, 2020. Executive Order 2020-17 required all hospitals, freestanding surgical outpatient facilities, dental facilities, and state operated outpatient facilities (collectively, “covered facilities”) to temporarily postpone all non-essential medical and dental procedures until the state of emergency in Michigan is lifted. Currently, the state of emergency is set to continue through May 28, 2020 under Executive Order 2020-68. Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Health Care Reform, Hospice, Hospitals

CMS Guidance for Home Health Agencies to Minimize Spread of COVID-19

Coronavirus Health CareOn April 23, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidance on infection control and prevention of COVID-19 for Home Health Agencies (HHAs). CMS provided initial guidance on March 10, 2020, which addressed the concerns of COVID-19 and provided answers to practical questions impacting HHAs. In this update, CMS has expanded the COVID-19 guidance and regulations to apply to Religious Nonmedical Healthcare Institutions (RNHCIs). Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Medicare/Medicaid

Reporting, Transfer, and Discharge of COVID-19 Affected Long Term Care Facility Residents

Assisted LivingThis blog has since been updated with new information since its original publication. Due to rapidly changing laws and regulations surrounding COVID-19 matters, please consult your attorney and/or advisor for the latest information before taking any action.

On April 15, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-50 which provides protection for residents of long-term care facilities and guidance on the reporting, discharge and transfer of COVID-19 patients. Long term care facility residents are particularly susceptible to the rapid spread of COVID-19. The enhanced restrictions and regulations of Executive Order 2020-50 aim to protect both residents and employees of long term care facilities from the virus, while ensuring residents receive the care they need. The restrictions of Executive Order 2020-50 currently continue through May 13, 2020. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Hospitals, Long-Term Care

Federal Assistance to Providers and Required Coverage of COVID-19 Testing by Insurers

COVID-19 TestingThis blog has since been updated with new information since its original publication. Due to rapidly changing laws and regulations surrounding COVID-19 matters, please consult your attorney and/or advisor for the latest information before taking any action.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) require insurers to cover diagnostic testing for COVID-19 without any cost-sharing or prior authorization requirements. The Trump Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recognize that financial barriers that deter individuals from receiving testing for COVID-19 must be eliminated, since testing is critical to slowing the spread of the virus. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform, Medicaid Planning, Medicare/Medicaid

Extension of Health Care Facility Visitor Restrictions – Executive Order 2020-37

People Leaving HospitalOn April 5, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-37 which extends restrictions on the entry of individuals into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities. Previously, Executive Order 2020-07 prohibited visitors that were not necessary to the provision of medical care, to support the activities of daily living, or to exercise the power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for an individual under the facility’s care from these facilities. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Hospitals

CMS Implements Infection Control Surveys for Nursing Homes

Helping Senior in Nursing HomeNursing homes are potential hotspots where COVID-19 can quickly spread to vulnerable individuals. Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington became the epicenter of the outbreak in Washington after the virus spread rapidly among residents. Life Care Center is not the only nursing home affected, as the CDC reported on March 23, 2020 that 147 nursing homes in 27 states have at least one COVID-19 positive patient. Recognizing the need to keep nursing home residents and healthcare workers safe, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has implemented an enhanced, focused inspection process for nursing homes to combat the spread of COVID-19. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Medicare/Medicaid

Provider Requirements Waived by CMS due to COVID-19

Medicare FormIn response to COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued blanket waivers of certain requirements so that hospitals and health care systems have the flexibility needed to manage potential surges. The waiver of these requirements is retroactively effective as of March 1, 2020 and lasts until the end of the emergency declaration for COVID-19. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Hospitals, Medicare/Medicaid

Two Emergency Orders Affecting Health Care Services Related to COVID-19

patient in hospital bedOn March 29, Governor Whitmer signed two emergency executive orders in response to the urgent need for help from as many health care professionals as possible in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Hospice, Hospitals

CMS Releases Guidance on Shared Space Arrangements

Doctors and Patients TalkingLast year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued long-anticipated draft guidance concerning shared space and co-location arrangements between hospitals and other providers. The guidance is meant to clarify how CMS and state agency surveyors will evaluate a hospital’s space sharing or contracted staff arrangements when assessing the hospital’s compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs). Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Health Care Reform, Hospitals, Medicare/Medicaid

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Best Lawyers® 2020

Congratulations to the attorneys of the Health Care practice group at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2020 edition. Firm-wide, 42 lawyers were listed. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation and as lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Health Care practice group members listed in Best Lawyers are as follows:

To see the full list of Foster Swift attorneys listed in Best Lawyers 2020, click here.