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  • COVID-19 & HIPAA Bulletin:  Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties

    Topics: Announcements, Federal News,

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidance regarding the enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The guidance offers numerous flexibilities to covered entities and business associates under the law during the declared public health emergency and nationwide emergency.

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  • DOL Defines Health Care Provider for FFCRA Leave Provisions

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    The US Department of Labor recently issued an FAQ document regarding the expansions of paid sick and family leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The document indicates that state governors have the authority to designate Direct Support Professionals as health care providers for the purposes of the exemption from these provisions, which amend the Family and Medical Leave Act to extend these benefits more broadly during the COVID-19 national emergency. DOL will be issuing implementing regulations.

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  • President Signs Largest Stimulus Package in History

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    The President has signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), a $2.2 trillion bill largely focused on economic stimulus related to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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  • CMS Issues Covid-19 FAQ

    Topics: Announcements, Federal News,

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the Medicaid.gov website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  CMS has invited states to submit questions to CMS through their state leads, which CMS has used to formulate this first set of FAQs.

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  • CMS Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Home Health Agencies and State Survey Agencies

    Topics: Announcements, Federal News, HCBS, Medicaid,

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued additional guidance to home health agencies in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The memoranda were developed from frequently asked questions the agency has received about interacting with patients amid COVID-19. The guidance offers information to healthcare workers on the screening, treatment and transfer procedures to follow when interacting with patients.

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