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…

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

By: Drew Larson | 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: BrownWinick | 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…

Letter from Vice President to Hospital Administrators

By: BrownWinick | 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: BrownWinick |

  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: BrownWinick | 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: BrownWinick | 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: BrownWinick | 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: Drew Larson | 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…