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The European Commission is Ready to Provide Ad Hoc Antitrust Guidance to Allow Cooperation Necessary in the COVID-19 Crisis

In a joint statement on the application of EU and national competition law during the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) crisis, the European Competition Network (ECN) recognized that competitors, supplier and distributors may need to cooperate with each other to ensure the supply and fair distribution of scarce products to all consumers. For example, a few … Continue Reading

HHS OIG says “Ditto” to HHS Blanket Stark Waivers for Purposes of the Anti-Kickback Statute

On April 3, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) released a policy statement to align its enforcement of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) with HHS’s recent Blanket Waivers of Stark (Blanket Waivers) during the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously reported, HHS issued the Blanket Waivers to allow for … Continue Reading

Financial Lifelines, Waivers and Other Support for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

In just the past week, the federal government has issued a flurry of legislative and regulatory aid packages, programs and rule changes for hospitals and health systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are designed to give emergency financial support and to cut through regulatory roadblocks to delivering care during the crisis. The federal … Continue Reading

UPDATED: CMS Expands Accelerated and Advance Payment Program

On March 28, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an expansion of its Accelerated and Advance Payment Program (the Program). The Program is designed to help providers with “significant cash flow problems resulting from…unusual circumstances of the hospital’s operation.” 42 U.S.C. § 1395g (e)(3). Usually deployed during times of natural disasters, … Continue Reading

CMS Issues Blanket Stark Law Waivers in Connection with COVID-19 Emergency

On March 30, in connection with the national COVID-19 emergency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued waivers (the “Waivers”) for certain provisions of the federal physician self-referral law, commonly referred to as the “Stark Law.” To ensure there will be sufficient capacity to handle the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS … Continue Reading

US Department of Labor Publishes Further Guidance Concerning Paid Sick Leave and Paid FMLA Leave under FFCRA; Finally Clarifies Small Business Exemption

Since the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) became law last week, the US Department of Labor (DOL) has been publishing and updating guidance concerning the public health emergency paid sick leave and emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave required under the law.  See a summary here by Daniel Pasternak in our Employment … Continue Reading

The CARES Act Throws a Lifeline to Hospitals and Providers Confronting the COVID-19 Pandemic

On Friday, March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted into law. The CARES Act provides broad relief to the many sectors of the economy reeling from the effects of COVID-19, including provisions aimed at giving critical financial and operational relief to hospitals and other providers on the front lines … Continue Reading

EC’s New State Aid Developments in the Wake of the COVID-19 Outbreak

Both the European Union (EU) and national governments have sought to respond rapidly to the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The European Commission (EC) is responding to the increasing need for companies to receive urgent financial support by adopting new State aid tools and emphasizing its ability to approve aid quickly. In recent days, … Continue Reading

FCC Rules Coronavirus Triggers “Emergency” Exception for TCPA Purposes in Certain Cases

On March 20, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGAB) declared that “the COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an ‘emergency’ under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and that consequently hospitals, health care providers, state and local health officials, and other government officials may lawfully communicate information about the novel coronavirus as well … Continue Reading

HHS Expands Coverage for Telehealth in Response to COVID-19

On March 17, 2020, in response to the national COVID-19 public health emergency, divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined a series of policy changes regarding telehealth services. In an effort meant to expand the capacity of the healthcare system and protect seniors who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19, the … Continue Reading

New Regulatory Directives: HHS Waives Certain Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP Requirements for Providers

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic a state of emergency, invoking section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (Stafford Act). On January 31, 2020, Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) Alex M. Azar II declared COVID-19 a public … Continue Reading

For Employers: Coronavirus and US Safety and Health Law

The coronavirus, and the illness caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19, are dominating headlines, stock markets and daily conversation.  They are also raising many questions—and employers in the U.S. are facing one such critical question:  How do we help ensure the health and safety of our employees?  Squire Patton Boggs helps provide some answers here.… Continue Reading

COVID-19 and US Health Insurance – New Regulatory Directives

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a rapidly spreading global health problem. Over the past week, state and federal regulators have issued guidance and imposed requirements on health insurance companies and managed care plans (health insurers) to broaden and tailor coverage to COVID-19. This alert serves as a guide to assist our clients with understanding the … Continue Reading

COVID-19 and EU State Aid Rules-The EU considers exceptional measures to give aid to companies in crisis.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is hurting the world’s economy, through severe disruption of financial markets, supply chains and work forces. In the EU, member states to varying degrees are contemplating measures to support companies hardest hit by the impact of the virus on the economy, including government loans, tax credits or deferral of tax payments. … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Resource Center

In December 2019, a new strain of coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization (‘WHO’) has named this strain COVID-19. WHO declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said on 3 March 2020 that while the world economy is … Continue Reading

Advisory Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Legal Issues in the US

While the coronavirus remains a developing situation, it has begun affecting the United States in major ways. With cases now reported throughout the U.S., every organization should have a plan of action in place concerning the coronavirus. While every business faces unique considerations, the following guidance should be considered as organizations are working to address … Continue Reading

Saved by the Gel?

UPDATE: Saved by the Gel…again? Since our original post, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) issued a statement March 5 that it will be monitoring reports of changes to sales and pricing practices for coronavirus-related products. The CMA will consider direct enforcement action in appropriate cases if it has evidence that businesses have broken … Continue Reading
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