Gov. Reynolds Deputy Chief of Staff Joins BrownWinick

By: BrownWinick | 09.15.2021

  BrownWinick Law is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Paige Thorson as a member to the firm. Thorson compliments the firm’s established government relations, insurance, health care, and energy and natural resources practices. Prior to joining BrownWinick, Thorson served as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Kim Reynolds where she oversaw the governor’s Read…

An Update on Vaccine Incentives: Can Employers Raise Health Insurance Premiums for Unvaccinated Employees? 

By: Jackson O'Brien | 09.13.2021

  Last week, BrownWinick provided an update on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, including anticipated requirements from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). It is expected that these requirements will apply only to certain larger employers, although the anticipated rule is still in its early stages. Prior to last week’s announcement Read…

Company with 100+ Employees? Prepare for the Most Stringent Vaccine Requirements Yet.

By: Jordan Nickerson | 09.10.2021

  On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced an updated national COVID-19 strategy that includes the most sweeping vaccine requirements to date. Of note, under the strategy, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) is developing a rule that will mandate all large employers to either: (1) require their workforce to be Read…

Nickerson Selected to the UnityPoint Health-Des Moines Young Advisory Council

By: BrownWinick | 02.26.2021

  BrownWinick would like to congratulate attorney Jordan Nickerson for being selected to the UnityPoint Health-Des Moines Young Advisory Council (YAC). Jordan recently began his three-year term on the council, where he brings not only a passion for helping others but a strong background in health law. The Young Advisory Council at UnityPoint Health – Read…

New CMS COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

By: Drew Larson | 09.01.2020

  On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly filed an unpublished Rule related to COVID-19 testing requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities. The Final Rule is scheduled for publication on September 2, 2020 and will go into effect immediately. CMS issued a memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors on Read…

Updated Guidance and FAQs for Phased Easing of Restrictions for Iowa Long-Term Care Facilities Released

By: BrownWinick | 06.15.2020

  The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) has updated the Iowa Guidance on Phased Easing of Restrictions for Long-Term Care Facilities (Guidelines). They have also issued an accompanying FAQ document which clarifies the guidance as it applies to long-term care facilities, and answers some questions related Read…

Guidelines Issued for the Phased Easing of Restrictions for Iowa’s Long-Term Care Facilities

By: BrownWinick | 06.10.2020

  The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) began implementing guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the phased reopening of Iowa’s long-term care facilities on March 13, 2020. On June 4, 2020, IDPH and IDA issued the Iowa Guidance on Phased Read…

Iowa Dental Board Issues Third FAQ to Assist Dentists with Practice Re-Openings

By: Drew Larson | 05.18.2020

  The Iowa Dental Board (the Board) has issued a third FAQ to address questions received in response to the “Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice” and the first and second FAQs previously released. The new FAQ addresses questions from dentists about various topics, including: use of half facepiece respirators, defining “potential exposure” Read…

Iowa Dental Board Issues New FAQ to Clarify Guidance for Dental Practice Re-Openings

By: Jonathan Napier | 05.11.2020

  With many dental offices reopening or preparing to reopen for elective procedures this week, the Iowa Dental Board (the Board) has issued a second FAQ to address questions received in response to the  “Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice” issued last week. The original FAQ is also still available for reference. The Read…

Dental Services to Resume in Iowa on May 8th

By: BrownWinick | 05.07.2020

  On May 6th, Governor Reynolds issued a new proclamation allowing Iowa dentists to resume providing services as of 5:00 a.m. on May 8th, if certain requirements are met. Those requirements are: Dental services are provided in compliance with the Iowa Dental Board Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice approved and adopted by Read…