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: 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 […]...

Powers Attorneys to Host Webinar on Telehealth & COVID-19

Powers Attorneys to Host Webinar on Telehealth & COVID-19

On Friday, April 3, Powers will host a free webinar on telehealth issues, with a focus on recent changes as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the addition of […]...

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

The spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has had an unprecedented impact on higher education institutions across the country. Schools are closing campuses, sending students home, and transitioning their […]...

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....