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

By: Sarah Wilson | 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  On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly filed an unpublished Rule related to COVID-19 testing requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities.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: BrownWinick | 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: BrownWinick | 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…

HHS Begins Distribution of Second Round of CARES Act Funding for Health Care Providers

By: BrownWinick | 04.27.2020

  The United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has begun distributing an additional $20 billion of funding for health care providers appropriated in the CARES Act.  HHS distributed the first $30 billion of funding between April 10 and April 17, 2020. That distribution was based on providers’ 2019 Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements. HHS began Read…

Providers Now Eligible to Receive Medicare Reimbursement for COVID-19 Care Provided to the Uninsured

By: BrownWinick |

  Beginning on April 27, 2020, health care providers can begin applying to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to receive Medicare reimbursement for COVID-related care provided to uninsured persons. HHS allocated a portion of the $100 billion Provider Relief Fund to reimburse healthcare providers for COVID-related treatment of the uninsured. According Read…

The CARES Act and Health Care: Federal Funding Authorized to Support Health Care Workforce Programs

By: Sarah Wilson | 04.13.2020

  Sections 3401-3404 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economics Security Act, more commonly known as the CARES Act, provide for federal funding to be used for health professions workforce programs, geriatrics workforce enhancement programs, and nursing workforce development. These programs are generally focused on increasing access and availability of care to underserved populations. Additionally, Read…

CARES Act Provider Relief

By: BrownWinick | 04.11.2020

  The CARES Act provides $100 Billion in relief to hospitals and other healthcare providers.  Beginning Friday, April 10th, the first $30 Billion of these funds were provided directly to Medicare participating healthcare providers.  These funds were automatically deposited based on a calculation of 2019 Medicare fee for service claims.    These funds are not subject to Read…