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Supreme Court Allows Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2022

On Jan. 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States lifted the injunction on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) vaccine mandate (Mandate).[1] Previously, injunctions were imposed by district courts in Missouri and Louisiana, and affirmed on appeal by the Eighth and Fifth Circuits, respectively, thereby prohibiting enforcement of the Mandate in 24 states...

Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement of OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Standard for Large Employers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2022

On Jan. 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued an order blocking enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring (among other things) employers of 100 or more employees to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or ensure unvaccinated employees are tested for COVID-19 weekly...

Ohio Third District Court of Appeals Holds Filing an Additional Condition Request Does Not Toll the Statute of Limitations in a Workers’ Comp Claim
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2022

Over the years, employers have become accustomed to the practice of an injured worker filing a request for compensation (typically an initial award or increase in permanent partial disability) or medical treatment days before the applicable statute of limitations in order to keep the claim alive. It has long been held that an application for such benefits tolls the statute of limitations while that issue is adjudicated before the Industrial Commission...

Esther’s Law Allows Surveillance in Ohio Nursing Homes
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2022

On Dec. 22, 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed “Esther’s Law,” allowing long-term care residents to install and use video cameras and recording devices in their rooms. The law is named for Esther “Mitzi” Piskor, who was a victim of elder abuse at a nursing home in Cleveland. Esther’s Law is intended to combat elder abuse and neglect and will likely lead to increased enforcement actions against Ohio nursing homes and long-term care facilities...

Health Care Workers with Substance Use Disorder Histories Can Now Seek Ohio Licensure Without Discipline
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

With yet another recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, the need for additional health care practitioners in the state of Ohio continues to grow. Recognizing that this shortage will not be resolved in the near future, the Ohio General Assembly has eliminated another barrier for physicians with a prior history involving a substance use disorder to seek licensure in Ohio...

CMS Plans to Regulate Pharmacy Benefit Manager DIR Fees
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

On Dec. 14, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unexpectedly issued a letter to U.S. Senator Ron Widen (D-OR)[1] indicating that CMS plans to use its “administrative authority to issue proposed rulemaking” addressing price concessions and direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have increasingly charged to specialty and retail pharmacy providers in Medicare and other pharmacy benefit programs in recent years...

Ohio Permanently Expands Use of Telehealth Services
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telehealth across Ohio and the United States was steadily increasing. However, out of necessity over the last two years, telehealth has expanded exponentially in order to reduce risks of COVID-19 transmission to practitioners and patients alike. Nearly overnight, the health care community was forced to change the way services were accessed, delivered, and received...

OIG Report Highlights Focus on Fraud with Genetic Tests
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

On Dec. 21, 2021, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a Health & Human Services (HHS) OIG Data Brief on genetic tests provided under Medicare Part B. The goal of the OIG in reviewing this data was “to analyze nationwide trends in genetic tests provided and payments made under Medicare Part B.”[1] As a result of this analysis, the OIG determined that there is a significant risk of overuse and misuse of genetic testing...

OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate is Back Following Sixth Circuit Decision
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

On Dec. 17, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ended the injunction preventing enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).  The ETS requires that large employers must implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate or testing protocol...

Pennsylvania Releases New Recovery Home Licensure Regulations
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

On Dec. 11, 2021, The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will issue final regulations launching a new licensure and certification process for drug and recovery homes doing business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each individual drug and recovery home operating in Pennsylvania must obtain a license and demonstrate compliance with the final regulations within 180 days of their issuance...

Ohio House Bill 176 Enlarges the Scope of Practice for Athletic Trainers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

Ohio has more than 2,300 athletic trainers. H.B. 176, signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine on Oct. 27, 2021, updates the scope of practice for athletic trainers for the first time since 1991. These changes to Ohio’s athletic trainer scope of practice may create new opportunities for your business, facility or practice.  Beginning Jan. 25, 2022, athletic trainers will be able to enter into collaboration agreements with physicians and podiatrists...

The Death of Chevron? Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Medicare cuts to 340B Reimbursement
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

On Nov. 30, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments from a coalition of hospital plaintiffs who are challenging Medicare’s nearly 30% reduction in outpatient drug reimbursement rates for 340B Program-participating hospitals...

Division of Examinations Observations: Investment Advisers’ Fee Calculations
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

On Nov. 10, 2021, the SEC Division of Examinations issued a Risk Alert regarding an advisory fees examination initiative (the Initiative). The Division of Examinations conducted 130 examinations of investment advisers focused on advisory fees, predominantly those charged to retail investors. This Risk Alert supplements the Advisory Fee Risk Alert issued by the Division of Examinations on April 12, 2018...

Observations from Examinations of Advisers who Provide Electronic Investment Advice
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

On Nov. 9, 2021, the SEC Division of Examinations issued a Risk Alert regarding investment advisers providing automated digital investment advisory services to clients (robo-advisory services and robo-advisers). These robo-advisers either exclusively provide online services or supplement their traditional investment advisory services by using proprietary software, third-party software, or a combination thereof...

Trademark Lawyer 2022 Cover Story: Protecting Your Brand from Counterfeits in the Age of Social Media
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

The 2022 edition of The Trademark Lawyer magazine is out, and Dinsmore intellectual property lawyer Sara Suleiman is the author of its cover story. She wrote about the five crucial actions companies must take to to protect their brands in the age of counterfeit goods sold on social media. An excerpt is below. The advent of social media has permanently transformed the way products and services are marketed and sold...

Division of Examinations Observations: Investment Advisers’ Fee Calculations
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

On Nov. 10, 2021, the SEC Division of Examinations issued a Risk Alert regarding an advisory fees examination initiative (the Initiative). The Division of Examinations conducted 130 examinations of investment advisers focused on advisory fees, predominantly those charged to retail investors. This Risk Alert supplements the Advisory Fee Risk Alert issued by the Division of Examinations on April 12, 2018...

Federal Court Pauses CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For Health Care Workers; Employers May Still Require Employee Vaccination
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) vaccine mandate (Mandate)[1] has been preliminarily enjoined[2] on a nationwide basis due to a Nov. 30, 2021, decision by Judge Terry A. Doughty of the Western District Court of Louisiana, Monroe Division. Among other conclusions, Judge Doughty stated that mandating vaccination of health care workers should be done by Congress, not a government agency, although he also questioned whether even Congress had such authority...

DEA Considering Regulation of Telepharmacy Practice
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2021

On Nov. 17, 2021, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (the Notice) concerning its potential development of telepharmacy regulations...

Landmark FDA Proposal Seeks to Open Hearing Aid Manufacturing Market and Provide Millions with Access to Care
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2021

On Oct. 19, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule that would establish a new category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. The rule came in response to President Joe Biden’s July 9 executive order, which among other things, calls for wide availability of low-cost hearing aids in order to promote economic competition...

CMS Removes All Nursing Home Visitation Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Decrease
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2021

In order to continue addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on nursing home residents, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a memo updating guidance for nursing home visitation. You can read the full memo here. Early in the pandemic, CMS implemented visitation restrictions to mitigate the risk of visitors introducing COVID-19 to nursing homes. Now, CMS is updating its guidance and allowing visitation for residents at all times...

National Labor Relations Board to Enforce Bargaining Duties to Accomplish COVID Vaccination and Testing Policies
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2021

On Nov. 10, 2021, the General Counsel’s Office of the National Labor Relations Board issued a guidance memorandum [OM 22-03] dictating employers and unions will be required to engage in decision bargaining over discretionary aspects of vaccination policies required by the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard mandating COVID vaccinations and testing. Under the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), employers must create Vaccination and Testing Policies by Dec. 6, 2021...

OIG Revises and Renames its Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2021

On Nov. 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) updated and renamed its Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol. Now called the Health Care Fraud Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP), the OIG’s revisions are the first changes to the SDP since 2013. We report on the key elements of these changes below...

Broadband Bonds and Carbon Capture Bonds: Two New Tax-Exempt Bond Categories in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2021

Two new categories of tax-exempt bonds were created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) (the Act) adopted by the House on Nov. 6, 2021: “Qualified Broadband Projects” and “Carbon Dioxide Capture Facilities...

CMS Requires COVID-19 Vaccine for Health Care Workers at all Facilities Participating in Medicare and Medicaid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2021

On Nov. 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released a new Interim Final Rule (IFR) regarding staff vaccination at facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The IFR requires covered employers to ensure that staff receive their first dose no later than Dec. 5, 2021 and achieve full vaccination no later than Jan. 4, 2022. The vaccine rule that was also released on Nov...

OSHA Publishes COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Companies with 100 or More Employees
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2021

On Nov. 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its highly anticipated emergency temporary standard (ETS) mandating employers of 100 or more employees to implement a COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirement. This standard implements the policy goals announced by the Biden administration in September...

 

 

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