Guidance Issued for Heath Care Providers to Address COVID-19 Demands

By: BrownWinick | 03.26.2020

  On March 24, 2020, the Iowa Attorney’s General’s Office issued guidance for health care providers related to the various proclamations issued by Governor Reynolds to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.  A copy of the guidance is available here.         Read…

Sweeping Telemedicine Expansion Ordered to Combat COVID-19

By: Jennifer Lindberg | 03.25.2020

The need for access to health care is growing by the day. As hospitals and clinics are seeing an extremely high volume of patients seeking treatment related to COVID-19, other care avenues must be considered. In addition to the increased need for treatment, public health officials are encouraging individuals, specifically those considered to be “high Read…

AHA Seeks to Simplify Contracting Process for Physicians and Suppliers to Meet Increased Staffing Needs Resulting from COVID-19

By: Jennifer Lindberg | 03.24.2020

  Hospitals are facing an increased need for flexibility in implementing new models of care as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. In order to appropriately staff their facilities, many hospitals are shifting resources in order to provide the high level of care required by the incoming patients.  In recognition of these new demands, the American Hospital Read…

Utilizing Medical Professionals with an Inactive License: An Option for Dealing with COVID-19

By: BrownWinick |

  On March 17, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation declaring a Public Health Disaster Emergency.  Section Ten of the Proclamation stated as follows: Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 147.10 and Iowa Admin. Code rules 653-9.13(6) and 9.14, rules 655-3.7(5), rules Read…

Governor Reynolds Signs Bill to Expand the Role of Physician Assistants in Iowa

By: Drew Larson | 03.19.2020

  On March 18, 2020, Governor Reynolds signed Senate File 2357, expanding the role of physician assistants in Iowa. A couple of key takeaways from this bill are that physician assistants now have prescribing rights, including prescribing of controlled substances and decreased physician supervision requirements. In signing this bill, Governor Reynolds stated in her news Read…

Coronavirus — Advance Planning is Key

By: BrownWinick | 03.10.2020

  As instances of the coronavirus are on the rise both nationally and across Iowa, it’s important for businesses to assess their contingency and disaster plans. Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a disaster proclamation following the Iowa Department of Public Health’s confirmation of 8 cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. The threat is real and requires Read…

Preparing for the Coronavirus: Getting Back to Basics

By: BrownWinick | 03.04.2020

Although there are currently no reported cases of the coronavirus in Iowa, now is a good time for all Iowa long-term care facilities to review their policies and practices relevant to disease control and emergencies. The recent news of the death of a long-term care resident in Washington and the exposure to other residents and Read…

Iowa Dental Board Phone Scam

By: BrownWinick | 10.29.2019

The Iowa Dental Board has released an alert to warn dental providers of a phone scam targeting providers. The Dental Board received information that a caller is impersonating a Dental Board investigator, calling from a spoofed phone number that appears to be a Dental Board phone number. The Dental Board issued the following statement in Read…

Iowa Dental Board Releases Regulatory Update on Electronic Prescribing Mandate

By: BrownWinick | 08.08.2019

The Iowa Dental Board released a regulatory update that beginning January 1, 2020, all prescriptions, unless exempted, must be transmitted electronically. This new electronic prescribing (“e-prescribing”) mandate will be regulated by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy as well as the provider’s professional licensing board. Read the full news release on the Iowa Dental Board website Read…

New Rules for ARNPs from the Iowa Board of Nursing

By: BrownWinick | 02.11.2019

Advanced registered nurse practitioners (“ARNPs”) will soon have new Iowa Board of Nursing (“the Board”) rules to comply with. The rules, ARC 4132C, have been adopted by the Board; however, they are currently undergoing the rulemaking process and are not yet finalized. ARC 4132C will replace the current rules found at 655 Iowa Administrative Code Read…