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: BrownWinick | 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…

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

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  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…

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

By: Sarah Wilson | 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…

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…

HIPAA Fee Limitations for Record Requests

By: Sarah Wilson | 11.21.2019

Health care providers and staff commonly receive medical record requests from current or former patients of their practice for a variety of reasons. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) allows for patients to request copies of their own records, with a few limitations, but notably, the regulations also limit the amount Read…

Iowa Dental Board Phone Scam

By: Sarah Wilson | 10.29.2019

Iowa Dental Board Phone Scam 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 Read…

Rental Deposit Provision of IURLTA Does Not Apply to Continuing Care Retirement Communities

By: Thomas Johnson | 08.13.2019

Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, Casey Sievert, and BrownWinick attorney, Thomas Johnson The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (IURLTA) does not apply to entrance fees of a continuing care retirement community. The Iowa Supreme Court held that the legislature did not intend for Iowa Read…

Iowa Dental Board Releases Regulatory Update on Electronic Prescribing Mandate

By: Sarah Wilson | 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…