Letter from Vice President to Hospital Administrators

By: Catherine Cownie | 03.31.2020

  Below is the copy from letter Vice President Pence wrote to hospital Administrators. Click HERE to view to view the official letter.   Dear Hospital Administrator: On behalf of President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, I want to extend my gratitude for your tireless efforts to provide healthcare to Americans during Read…

COVID-19 and Essential Service Personnel Guidance

By: Catherine Cownie |

  The Iowa Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) provided guidance last week related to COVID-19 isolation requirements for essential service personnel.  Essential services personnel include: Healthcare providers; Law enforcement; Fire & EMS personnel; Long-Term Care personnel; Residential Support Facility personnel; and Public Health & Emergency Management personnel. The guidance provides information about when essential services Read…

CARES Act Provides Legal Protections for Volunteer Health Care Professionals Responding to COVID-19

By: Amy Howells | 03.30.2020

  To encourage and support nationwide volunteer efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus, Section 3215 of the CARES Act limits liability for volunteer health care professionals. Under this provision, the volunteer health care professional will not be liable under Federal or State law for any act or omission in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment Read…

CARES Act Provides Flexibility to Home Health Agencies and Hospice Providers

By: Adam Freed | 03.29.2020

  On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  While much focus has been given to the economic stimulus provisions of the CARES Act, the Act also provides certain flexibility to home health agencies and hospice providers.  Permanent Expansion of Certifying Professionals. Under current law, Read…

Public Health Proclamation: Takeaways for Health Care Providers

By: Adam Freed | 03.27.2020

  Governor Reynolds issued a proclamation on March 26, 2020 imposing new requirements on hospitals, nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, residential care facilities, hospice programs, and assisted living facilities, while also providing certain regulatory relief to these facilities.  The proclamation is the latest in a series of efforts by the Governor to combat the spread of Read…

COVID-19 Prompts Changes to Iowa Certificate of Need Requirements

By: Catherine Cownie | 03.26.2020

  On March 17, 2020, Governor Reynolds issued a moratorium of the Iowa Certificate of Need (“CON”) requirements for institutional health care facilities.  Included within the definition of institutional health care facilities are hospitals and nursing facilities.  Pursuant to the Governor’s proclamation, institutional health care facilities would not be required to seek CON approval for Read…

Guidance Issued for Heath Care Providers to Address COVID-19 Demands

By: Adam Freed |

  On March 24, 2020, the Iowa Attorney’s General’s Office issued guidance for health care providers related to the various proclamations issued by Governor Reynolds to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.  A copy of the guidance is available here.         Read…

Sweeping Telemedicine Expansion Ordered to Combat COVID-19

By: Jennifer Lindberg | 03.25.2020

The need for access to health care is growing by the day. As hospitals and clinics are seeing an extremely high volume of patients seeking treatment related to COVID-19, other care avenues must be considered. In addition to the increased need for treatment, public health officials are encouraging individuals, specifically those considered to be “high Read…

AHA Seeks to Simplify Contracting Process for Physicians and Suppliers to Meet Increased Staffing Needs Resulting from COVID-19

By: Jennifer Lindberg | 03.24.2020

  Hospitals are facing an increased need for flexibility in implementing new models of care as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. In order to appropriately staff their facilities, many hospitals are shifting resources in order to provide the high level of care required by the incoming patients.  In recognition of these new demands, the American Hospital Read…

Utilizing Medical Professionals with an Inactive License: An Option for Dealing with COVID-19

By: Rebecca Brommel |

  On March 17, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation declaring a Public Health Disaster Emergency.  Section Ten of the Proclamation stated as follows: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 147.10 and Iowa Admin. Code rules 653-9.13(6) and 9.14, rules 655-3.7(5), rules Read…