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Ohio to License Home Health Care Agencies
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

Home health care is one of Ohio’s fastest-growing occupations. To date, the agencies providing skilled home health care, non-medical home health/personal care services, and non-agency providers of nonmedical home health/personal care services have been unlicensed in Ohio...

President Biden Announces OSHA Standards Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations or Weekly Tests for Companies with 100+ Employees
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

President Joe Biden announced Thursday, Sept. 9, that in the coming weeks, companies with 100 or more employees will be required to ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or test negative for COVID-19 at least once a week.[1] Additionally, employers must provide employees time off to get vaccinated and to recover from any side effects. Press Secretary Jen Psaki previewed the forthcoming requirements in her briefing to the press on Thursday...

Border Closure for Foreigners is Extended until September 30
Carey, September 2021

Kindly note that Decree No. 221, of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security, was published today, extending the validity of Supreme Decree No. 102, of 2020, of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security, which provides for the temporary closure of places authorized for the entry and exit of foreigners, due to public health emergency of international importance given the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (2019-NCOV) , until September 30, 2021...

Telepharmacy: The Future of Digital Healthcare
Kudun and Partners, August 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when hospitals have increasingly experienced a shortage of beds and medical staff to take care of patients, telepharmacy has emerged as one of the most effective ways to reduce the number of people visiting not only the hospitals themselves but also pharmacies and health clinics. Telepharmacy is the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients remotely by registered pharmacists and pharmacies using telecommunications...

$784M Fraud Charge Against Telemedicine Company Highlights Importance of Evaluating Telehealth Arrangements
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2021

Telemedicine and telehealth are newer and ever-expanding components of health care.[1] There are many viable arrangements for companies who wish to engage in telemedicine and/or telehealth and these arrangements can offer many benefits to the patients they serve.  However, companies and licensed individuals who provide services should be careful to understand the state and federal regulatory framework under which they operate...

No Surprises Act Implementing Regulations Answer Some Questions, Leave Others Pending
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2021

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management recently issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) implementing portions of the No Surprises Act enacted in December 2020...

Infringement Found for Football Teams’ Facemasks
Veirano Advogados, August 2021

The manufacturer of the official facemask for the Brazilian Football Confederation filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties. The manufacturer of the official facemask for the men’s and women’s teams of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties...

Mandatory Vaccinations – Care Homes and Beyond - Part 1
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

One issue which many employers are currently grappling with is whether to make vaccination against COVID-19 compulsory for employees returning to the workplace. In a 2-part article we consider this issue in the context of care homes and other workplaces. Care home employers In Part 1 of this article, we look at the situation for care home employers...

New COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for California State Employees and Health Care Workers
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) recently issued new public health requirements in response to the increasing number of hospitalizations and ICU patients in California caused by the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant...

Reopening Oregon's Offices in the Midst of the Delta Variant 
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, August 2021

Update: On July 28, 2021, an Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Revenue Reduction Score, Direct Borrower Forgiveness Process, and Appeals Deferment was posted. That Interim Final Rule conforms the applicable PPP rules to provide that a timely appeal by the PPP borrower of a final SBA loan review decision extends the deferment period of the PPP loan until the Office of Hearings and Appeals’ decision becomes final.  See below: “Consequences of an Appeal...

National Surrogacy Week 2021
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

It’s National Surrogacy Week this week (2-8 August 2021) and the aim is to raise awareness and celebrate surrogacy and all the amazing work being done by professionals involved. The focus this year is on surrogacy choices in the UK to highlight organisations that can assist in a surrogacy journey. Surrogacy is a path to parenthood, which otherwise may not have been available to some...

Restrictions for Queensland Care Workers Based on COVID-19 Vaccination Status
MinterEllison, August 2021

From 4 August 2021, there are differing restrictions placed on the ability of workers in locked down areas in Queensland to attend work in a hospital, aged care or disability setting, even if that work would ordinarily be essential work. Importantly, the Direction is one of the first in Australia to draw a distinction between a vaccinated person (being a person who has received the prescribed doses of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination) and an unvaccinated person...

Shoosmiths Response to COVID-19
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) we continue to undertake a series of measures to: 1. protect our employees; 2. provide continuity of support to our clients; and 3. work with critical elements of our supply chain to enable us to fulfil 1 and 2 Shoosmiths senior leadership, including our Chairperson, CEO, COO, business support Directors and business unit heads, are meeting as and when required to consider and act upon developments regarding COVID-19...

New Monetary Penalties for Some Skilled Nursing Transfers, Discharges, and Readmissions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

Key Points Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 133, which creates a $750 per day civil money penalty for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) that do not comply with a transfer, discharge, or readmission hearing decision within three calendar days. AB 133 also requires an SNF to submit a certification of compliance to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), attesting it has complied with the hearing officer's order...

New Bill Pumps the Breaks on Health Care Consolidation in Oregon (updated 07/28/2021)
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

On July 27, 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that will make it more difficult for health care entities in Oregon to consummate mergers and similar transactions...

Protected Frontiers Plan Enters into Force Today
Carey, July 2021

As of today, July 26 the Chilean borders will open so that all those who have a “Mobility Pass” can exit the country, although current restrictions for non-resident foreigners have been maintained. The is subject to modification in view of the development of the Covid-19 outbreak in the national territory...

The U.S. Breaks with Canada in Response to COVID-19 and Cross-Border Travel Restrictions 
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

Since March 2020, the United States and Canada have agreed upon mutually reciprocal COVID-19 related travel restrictions. U.S. and Canadian officials mutually determined that “non-essential” travel between the U.S. and Canada “poses additional risk of transmission and spread of the virus associated with COVID-19 and places the populace of both nations at increased risk of contracting the virus associated with COVID-19...

Rural Businesses and Easing COVID-19 Restrictions in Scotland
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The Scottish Government has published its route map out of lockdown, legislating five levels, each imposing increasingly tougher restrictions. As at 19 July, the whole of Scotland moved to Level 0, with cautious optimism that most legal restrictions might be removed entirely in August. However, in the meantime, the move to Level 0 does not mean that everything returns to how it was pre-pandemic – there will remain a level of restrictions and compliance points that must be met...

Health Care Noncompetes Are Under Attack
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order entitled “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” One key element of the executive order is to address noncompete covenants that the White House characterized as stifling competition between companies. Section 5(g) encouraged the FTC to draft rules which seek to “curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility...

Interstate License Compacts Arrive to Ohio for Physicians, Nurses, and Audiology/Speech-Language Pathologists
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Health care practitioners are seemingly subject to a constantly growing laundry list of regulatory requirements. However, the Ohio General Assembly has reduced the administrative burden on certain professionals seeking licensure in multiple states through the enactment of interstate license compact legislation...

End of the Lundbeck Saga and New Rules for Medical Devices in Norway
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

In 2013, the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, which at the time only held limited secondary patents related to certain antidepressants, was fined EUR 93.7 million by the European Commission for having entered into settlement agreements in 2002 whereby Lundbeck paid generic manufacturers for not challenging its patents. The payments corresponded to the profits that the generic manufacturers could have made if they had successfully entered the market...

COVID-19's Lasting Impact on Long-Term Care Assets
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

COVID-19 came upon us all like a tsunami, leveling life as we knew it and causing an entirely new paradigm of behavior to be necessary. No segment of the population was hit harder than seniors, both in our communities and in senior care facilities. Long-term care facilities were on the frontlines of the battle, being one of the first industries to be required to wholly alter traditional behaviors to try to stop the inevitable spread of this deadly virus...

Executive Order Targets Hospital Consolidation Non-Competes
Waller, July 2021

President Joe Biden is issuing an executive order today that aims to increase competition in the U.S. economy...

Ohio Adopts Hospital Licensure System
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Until now, hospital licensure was absent from Ohio’s regulatory scheme. However, Ohio’s final budget bill, which became effective on July 1, 2021, introduced a new hospital licensure system.[1] Under the final bill, Ohio hospitals have three years to become licensed by the Ohio Department of Health (the Department)...

What Should Businesses Do About the Recommendation to Wear Masks in Indoor Public Spaces Until Fully Vaccinated?
Lawson Lundell LLP, July 2021

B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry,[1] and the Public Health Agency of Canada,[2] have recommended that individuals who are not fully vaccinated[3] continue wearing masks in indoor public spaces. At the same time, public authorities are providing little to no guidance on how or when businesses can continue mask requirements...

 

 

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