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

By: Amy Howells | 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: Amy Howells | 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: Amy Howells | 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: Adam Freed | 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: Adam Freed |

  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: Catherine Cownie | 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…

UPDATE – Do Health Care Providers Have Legal Immunity When Treating COVID-19 Patients?

By: Ingrid Johnson | 04.10.2020

  I previously wrote a blog discussing the lack of legal immunity for health care providers treating COVID-19 patients (read here).  However, since then, Governor Kim Reynolds, in coordination with the Iowa Department of Public Health (“IDPH”), issued the Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) Shortage Order due to PPE limitations.  This Order does include some immunity Read…

Do Health Care Providers Have Legal Immunity When Treating COVID-19 Patients?

By: Ingrid Johnson | 04.09.2020

  On April 1, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order granting legal immunity for health care providers treating patients with COVID-19.  This order granted immunity from civil liability for health care facilities, professionals, and volunteers for any injury or death that occurs while they are providing health care services in response to COVID-19.  Read…

Rapid Testing – What Employers Need to Know

By: Jennifer Lindberg | 04.08.2020

  The FDA is granting unprecedented flexibility to labs to develop and offer COVID-19 tests across the country.  As one example, Abbott recently announced a new test that may deliver results within 13 minutes.   This test, and others being developed, may be key components in the ability to widely test individuals outside of a hospital Read…