The Morgan Lewis healthcare team continues to monitor the developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are acutely aware of what the healthcare service provider community is currently facing and are here to help. We are hosting two webinars a week to address the evolving unprecedented legal issues that arise from pandemic. The webinars will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Below we provide the webinars we have previously hosted, and we will keep our COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Update Webinars page updated with the latest webinars.
In managing the quickly evolving healthcare landscape during this current crisis, healthcare companies should be wary of fraudsters who attempt to divert critical resources. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) are alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the US president’s National Emergency Declaration, issued on March 13, set in motion several actions required of other agencies to provide the regulatory relief needed to ensure that healthcare providers have flexibility in responding quickly to the growing need in the United States.
First, the secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Waiver or Modification of Requirements under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act on March 13, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020 (1135 Waiver). The 1135 Waiver suspends certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements “only to the extent necessary, as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services” to meet the needs of those programs’ participants and to assure that providers furnishing care to such participants in good faith are reimbursed.
The Morgan Lewis healthcare team is keeping up to date on all of the developments surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). We have compiled a list of our recent publications for ease of access.
- COVID-19 Update: CMS Issues EMTALA Guidance for Hospitals
- CMS Issues Guidance to Hospitals on Emergency Treatment of COVID-19 Patients
- CMS Issues Guidance on COVID-19 for Hospice and Nursing Home Providers, Health Law Scan
- Tele-Tuesday: Congress’s Coronavirus Bill Includes Major Telehealth Changes, Health Law Scan
- How Hospitals Can Balance Public Health Concerns, Patient Privacy in Responding to Coronavirus
You may also be interested in some other publications throughout the firm:
- COVID-19 Relief Recommendations for the IRS, ML BeneBits
- IRS Modifies HDHP Rules in Response to Coronavirus Concerns, ML BeneBits
- Recent FDA Medical Device Developments in Response to COVID-19
- Responding to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Top-of-Mind Questions for Employers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): US Admissions from Europe’s Schengen Area Suspended for 30 Days
- Keep Immigration Requirements in Mind When Preparing Coronavirus Response Plans
All the firm’s materials will be posted on our resource page. We encourage you to take a look there as well. We will continue to update through Health Law Scan to keep you informed. If you have specific questions, we encourage you to reach out to your Morgan Lewis contact.
In this LawFlash, Morgan Lewis healthcare industry partner Susan Feigin Harris analyzes recent CMS guidance on Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) requirements and implications related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance, which provides advice concerning EMTALA screening, stabilization, transfer, and recipient hospital obligations, “reminds the industry of the rare circumstance in which EMTALA obligations may be waived.” Flexibility in managing EMTALA requirements regarding individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are also addressed.
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Morgan Lewis lawyers are here to help guide healthcare organizations through this fluid public health crisis. Please see our dedicated webpage on Responding to the Coronavirus for updates and developments as they unfold.
While US healthcare institutions are poised to respond to any outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), how should they prepare as employers for the questions and compliance challenges that arise in a public health crisis? In this LawFlash, our Labor, Employment, and Benefits team cautions that “employers must carefully balance concerns relating to employee and public safety with protecting employees from unnecessary medical inquiries, harassment, and discrimination—all while complying with immigration, leave, and medical privacy laws.” Recommending that “[r]esponsibility should be assigned to specific individuals or teams to assess the hazard, communicate with employees and the public, and implement appropriate security measures,” they detail important information that employers should know before responding to an outbreak situation.
Check out our Responding to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus page for all of the latest developments.