Tagged: COVID-19

Coronavirus Lawsuits Against Healthcare Providers are on the Rise

Among its many impacts, the coronavirus pandemic has already spawned hundreds of employment and health-related lawsuits, with even more litigation likely as businesses continue to bring back workers and increase operations.  Many of these lawsuits have been aimed at employers in the healthcare sector and relate to workplace safety, retaliation, and wrongful termination or wrongful...

CMS Provides Additional COVID-19 EMTALA Guidance for Hospitals

On March 9, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum describing hospitals’ continuing obligations with respect to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (“EMTALA”) during the COVID-19 public health emergency (“PHE”). Check out our previous blog post on this topic here. Last week, in response to a growing number...

CMS Issues Explanatory Guidance on Stark Law Blanket Waivers

As we explained in our prior blog post, on March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued certain blanket waivers of sanctions under the federal physician self-referral law (or “Stark Law”) for “COVID-19 Purposes” (the “Stark Blanket Waivers”), which are available here. On April 21, 2020, CMS issued explanatory guidance, available...

The “War” Between Out-of-Network Providers and Insurers Spreads Into COVID-19 Territory

ERISA litigators know that a war has been raging between “out-of-network” medical providers, on one hand, and the entities that insure and administer group health plans, on the other (collectively, “Insurers”). For years, out-of-network providers have been suing plans and Insurers claiming they were “underpaid” for their medical services, often to the tune of millions...

HHS Releases Notices of $30 Billion to Healthcare Providers and Suppliers

On Mach 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CARES Act, providing in part for $100 billion in relief funds to eligible health care providers and suppliers affected by COVID-19.  The funding is intended to support healthcare-related expenses, including lost revenue, attributable to the pandemic. Many providers and suppliers received notice on Friday, April 10 that...

OIG Initiatives to Ease Provider Burdens Related to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has taken numerous steps to minimize regulatory burdens for providers who need to make their primary focus delivering patient care during the COVID-19 national emergency. These steps, along with recent steps taken by other agencies to provide temporary regulatory flexibility, provide further...

Medicare Payment Rules Changed to Allow Broad Use of Remote Communications Technology

On Monday, April 6th the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) adopted an interim final rule to change a wide range of Medicare payment policies during the COVID-19 public health emergency so that Medicare providers and suppliers have flexibility to furnish services to beneficiaries using remote communications technology. As healthcare providers implement infection prevention...

Stark Law Blanket Waivers Related to “COVID-19 Purposes” Announced

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid and drastic changes to health care delivery in the United States, including as it relates to arrangements between health care providers and physicians that may implicate the federal physician self-referral law, or “Stark Law.” On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued much-anticipated...