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: Drew Larson | 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…

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…