Powers is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and continues to provide updates on the latest news and guidance coming out of the administration. We encourage you to regularly check this page to find the latest insights from our professionals as well as links to essential outside resources.

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COVID-19 Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions – UPDATE: May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions – UPDATE: May 22, 2020

This updated article provides links to, and briefly summarizes, legislation and federal agency guidance designed to ease the burden on higher education institutions. Powers has updated this article to incorporate […]...

Diagnostic Services in the era of COVID-19: The New Landscape

Diagnostic Services in the era of COVID-19: The New Landscape

While the impact of the COVID pandemic on elective surgery has received significant attention from the lay media, the impact of the crisis on diagnostic imaging and diagnostic testing—although likely […]...

Hospital Billing of Telehealth Visits During COVID-19 Pandemic

Hospital Billing of Telehealth Visits During COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated May 12, 2020 In an Interim Final Rule published on March 31, CMS authorized physicians to bill for telehealth visits as if they were office visits in response to […]...

Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities Face New Transparency Requirements in the Age of COVID

Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities Face New Transparency Requirements in the Age of COVID

Designing a Coherent Policy Consistent with Resident Privacy Rights and New Federal and State Requirements As the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) […]...

CMS Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Waivers

CMS Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Waivers

Click here to download a PDF of this article. On April 30, 2020, CMS issued a display copy of an Interim Final Rule (IFR) to clarify certain policies and make […]...

Powers to Host Webinar on Indian Tribal Telehealth Opportunities

Powers to Host Webinar on Indian Tribal Telehealth Opportunities

Powers attorneys from the Indian tribal governments and health care groups will host a free webinar next week on Indian tribal telehealth opportunities, including recent opportunities presented by the CARES […]...

Medicare Telehealth Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Medicare Telehealth Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Rebecca Burke, Esq. and Megan La Suer, Esq Current as of May 4, 2020 Click here to download a PDF of this article. Over the last several weeks, Powers […]...

Resources on Coronavirus and EEO Laws Applicable to People with Disabilities

Resources on Coronavirus and EEO Laws Applicable to People with Disabilities

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have compiled relevant information for employers […]...

Provider Program for Uninsured Reimbursement Begins

Provider Program for Uninsured Reimbursement Begins

On April 27, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened the COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal, where providers can sign up for reimbursement for testing and treating uninsured patients […]...

CMS Announces Suspension of Advance Payment Program and Reevaluation of Accelerated Payment Program

CMS Announces Suspension of Advance Payment Program and Reevaluation of Accelerated Payment Program

On April 27, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is suspending its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers and reevaluating the amounts that […]...

Summary of Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

Summary of Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

To stay up to date on the latest news and insights from the Powers Law Firm, please visit our COVID-19 resource page here. Click here to download a PDF of […]...

HHS Opens CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal

HHS Opens CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced $30 billion in immediate relief funding to providers […]...

CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19 — April 14, 2020

CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19 — April 14, 2020

On April 14, 2020, CMS held another call in a series of “Office Hours” on COVID-19 payment questions. CMS Office Hours provides an opportunity for providers on the frontline to […]...

CMS Fields Questions on Post-Acute Care, Rural Health, and COVID-19 Specimen Collection

CMS Fields Questions on Post-Acute Care, Rural Health, and COVID-19 Specimen Collection

On April 9, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focused part of its “Office Hours on COVID 19” on answering providers’ questions on a wide range of […]...

CMS Provides Answers on Coding and Payment for Telehealth Services in the Era of COVID-19

CMS Provides Answers on Coding and Payment for Telehealth Services in the Era of COVID-19

On April 9, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focused part of its “Office Hours on COVID 19” on answering providers’ questions on coding and payment challenges […]...

Summary of ED’s Updated and Consolidated COVID-19 Guidance

Summary of ED’s Updated and Consolidated COVID-19 Guidance

This article has been revised to include additional and updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.  Please click here to view the most recent version. This updated article provides […]...

COVID-19: Federal Legislative Response Overview

COVID-19: Federal Legislative Response Overview

As of early April 2020, the United States Congress has passed three major pieces of legislation to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and bolster the American economy. Together, these […]...

Webinar on Telehealth and COVID-19

Webinar on Telehealth and COVID-19

Powers attorneys Bill von Oehsen, Barbara Straub Williams, Peggy Tighe and Rebecca Burke hosted a webinar on telehealth issues, with a focus on recent changes as the result of the […]...

COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program Summary: Apply Today to Help Protect Your Small Business or Nonprofit

COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program Summary: Apply Today to Help Protect Your Small Business or Nonprofit

As of Friday, April 3, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting loan applications from lenders under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), enacted March 27th.  APPLY TODAY (or as […]...

Overview of CMS Stark Waivers

Overview of CMS Stark Waivers

On Monday March 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published blanket waivers to some of the Stark law requirements. The waivers are detailed and provide many examples […]...

Webinar on Medicare and Medicaid Telehealth Waivers in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar on Medicare and Medicaid Telehealth Waivers in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Powers attorneys Rebecca Burke and Megan La Suer hosted a webinar last week that discussed the impact of COVID-19 on Medicare and Medicaid telehealth waivers. The full PowerPoint presentation can […]...

Summary of Economic Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Summary of Economic Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress and the Trump Administration have taken several key steps to address the expanding public health crisis caused by the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, while at the same time […]...

Summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress and the Trump Administration have taken several key steps to address the expanding public health crisis caused by the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, while at the same time […]...

CMS Announces Accelerated and Advance Payments for Medicare

CMS Announces Accelerated and Advance Payments for Medicare

To alleviate cash flow problems, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is allowing Part A providers and Part B suppliers to request accelerated/advance Medicare payments....

Summary of Higher Education Provisions in the $2 Trillion Federal Economic Relief Package Known as the CARES Act

Summary of Higher Education Provisions in the $2 Trillion Federal Economic Relief Package Known as the CARES Act

The Powers education group released a memorandum today summarizing the higher education provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on Friday, March 27. The memorandum […]...

Powers Update Regarding COVID-19 Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions

Powers Update Regarding COVID-19 Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions

This article has been revised to include additional and updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.  Please click here to view the most recent version. The spread of the […]...

Legislative Memorandum on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Legislative Memorandum on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Powers legislative practice released a memorandum today summarizing the second emergency bill pass to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19), known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Click here […]...

Navigating Event Cancellations and Workplace Challenges Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

Navigating Event Cancellations and Workplace Challenges Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

As the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, nonprofit organizations are facing a number of difficult decisions regarding their upcoming conferences and events and their workplace policies. In most […]...

Legislative Memorandum on the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Act

Legislative Memorandum on the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Act

The Powers legislative practice group released a memorandum today that summarizes the emergency spending bill enacted by the Trump Administration to combat the coronavirus, as well as the series of […]...

Medicare Expands Coverage of Telehealth Services During Public Health Emergency; HIPAA Waiver Allows Use of Telephone Video Chat Apps

Medicare Expands Coverage of Telehealth Services During Public Health Emergency; HIPAA Waiver Allows Use of Telephone Video Chat Apps

In guidance released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on March 17, 2020, the Administration greatly expanded Medicare coverage of telehealth services to cope with the national public health emergency posed by COVID-19 describing broadened access to telehealth services under Medicare. This guidance and an accompanying set of FAQs implements legislation enacted on March 6, 2020 which, among other things, gave the Secretary of HHS discretion to waive statutory rural and site of service coverage restrictions on services provided via telehealth....

$2 Million SBA Disaster Loans Available for Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19

$2 Million SBA Disaster Loans Available for Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19

The emergency supplemental appropriations bill enacted on March 6 deemed the coronavirus a “disaster” such that amounts included in the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Disaster Assistance Loan Program, supported by $1 billion in loan subsidies, may now be utilized by small businesses and private non-profit organizations to obtain loans to cover financial losses incurred as a result of the ongoing emergency.  Information on how SBA will implement this provision and grant loans of up to $2 million is provided here....

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville Response to Coronavirus

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville Response to Coronavirus

Powers is monitoring the situation involving the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As our firm navigates this complicated challenge and remains open for business, we are taking measures to […]...

Coronavirus National Emergency

Coronavirus National Emergency

On Friday, the President declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act.  This declaration allows the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar to waive certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance programs and of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule throughout the duration of this emergency under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act....