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CMS Guidance Ends Waivers for COVID-19

Doctor Holding FilesOn April 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an update to the COVID-19 emergency declaration blanket waivers for specific providers. The memorandum, which was issued by the Director of the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group, details the numerous changes that will take place within 30 or 60 days of the memorandum’s publication. Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Health Care Reform, Hospitals, Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid

Update to CMS Guidance on Shared Health Care Facilities

Doctor Video Call MeetingThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently released updated guidance regarding hospital co-locations arrangements. After nearly two years of deliberations and revisions, the final Guidance for Hospital Co-location with Other Hospitals or Health Care Facilities (the “Final Guidance”) was released on November 12, 2021 and took effect immediately upon publication. The Final Guidance is meant to address how CMS and other state agency surveyors will evaluate how hospitals share their space, services, and staff. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Hospice, Hospitals, Medicaid Planning, Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid

Licensing Flexibility Codified through SB 759

Man on Leg RehabilitationOn December 27, 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 759 into law, which took effect immediately. SB 759 allows individuals without a license for the practice of a health profession to perform certain limited duties. For example, students in a health profession training program may perform duties assigned while training. Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Health Care Reform, Licensing, News

Impact of Biden's EO on Healthcare Industry

Prescriptions on Pharmacy ShelfOn July 9, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) on Promoting Competition in the American Economy where he seeks to address many facets of the American economy and promote a more competitive marketplace. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform

Update on Relaxed Visitation Restrictions and Implementation Requirements for Residential Care Facilities

Visitor with Elderly WomanOn March 2, 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (“MDHHS”) issued an Emergency Order that relaxes the visitation requirements for residential care facilities. The December 8, 2020 MDHHS Order involving residential care facilities was rescinded. The March 2, 2021 Order (the “Order”) became effective immediately. Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Health Care Reform, Hospice, Long-Term Care, News

HIPAA Compliance Considerations During the Pandemic

HIPAA Compliance COVIDThis article has been updated with new information since it was originally published on November 16, 2020.

As health care providers continue to face new challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for providers to maintain compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). Although the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has loosened some requirements to allow health care providers flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of the patient protections under the HIPAA Privacy Rule have remained intact. Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Cybersecurity, Electronic Health Records, HIPAA

Significant Changes to Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Finalized

Gavel and StethoscopeThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently issued two highly-anticipated final rules (collectively, the “Final Rule”) to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Physician Self-Referral Statute (“Stark”) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”). According to HHS, the Final Rule was intended to provide greater flexibility for healthcare providers to participate in value-based arrangements, ease unnecessary compliance burdens, and maintain safeguards to protect patients and Federal healthcare programs from fraud and abuse. The Final Rule will become effective on January 19, 2021. Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Health Care Reform

Extension of Visitor Restrictions for Health Care and Residential Care Facilities

Executive OrderOn July 23, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-156, which extends the current restrictions limiting the visitors allowed at health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities. Executive Order 2020-136 and its predecessors initially imposed these restrictions on visitors permitted to such facilities. Executive Order 2020-156 extends the restrictions through August 31, 2020. Read More ›

Categories: Hospice, Hospitals

Scope of Practice, Delegation, and Supervision Requirements for Health Professionals Caring for COVID-19 Patients Reinstated

COVID TestingIn response to the improvements in hospitals’ and health care professionals’ capacity to care for COVID-19 patients, Governor Whitmer has rescinded Executive Order 2020-61, which temporarily suspended the scope of practice, supervision, and delegation restrictions for many health care providers during the initial surge of cases in March. Read More ›

Categories: Hospice, Hospitals, Licensing

Updates to Michigan Nursing Home COVID-19 Regulatory Requirements

Nursing HomeThrough Executive Order 2020-136, Governor Whitmer has extended the duration of restrictions on the entry of visitors into health care facilities and residential care facilities. These restrictions were originally imposed through Executive Order 2020-72 and extended through Executive Order 2020-108. Executive Order 2020-136 now extends the restrictions through July 24, 2020. Read More ›

Categories: Hospice, Hospitals

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Best Lawyers® 2021

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 2021 edition. Firm-wide, 44 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 2021, click here.