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On May 12, the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued an Order Waiving Restrictions on Pharmacists Ordering and Collecting Specimens for COVID-19 Tests, under the authority of California Governor Newsom’s March 30 Executive Order.
Stephanie Trunk will present during the ABA International Law Section’s 2020 virtual annual meeting. She will discuss how different jurisdictions address consumers’ demand for affordability of prescription drug and medical devices.
The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) recently confirmed that the deadlines for reporting adverse actions against licensees have not been extended, despite the COVID-19 emergency.
Since March 31, DCA has issued waivers pursuant to California Governor Newsom’s March 30 Executive Order, temporarily easing licensing requirements for PAs, NPs, CNMs, pre-licensure nursing programs and students, and other health care professionals, during the COVID-19 emergency period.
DCA's Order Waiving Postgraduate Training License Deadline, effective as of May 6 under the authority of California Governor Newsom’s March 30 Executive Order, is the latest in a series of healthcare licensing waivers issued since March 31.
Partner Anne Murphy authored an article for The Governance Institute titled "The Governing Board’s Role in Assessing Possible Hospital Closure or Downsizing.”
Below are six reimbursement issues that health care providers should be on “high alert” for as the COVID-19 crisis persists.
On May 4, California Department of Consumer Affairs issued another order waiving additional requirements for pre-licensure nursing programs and nursing students under Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations (Code).
The California Court of Appeal recently overturned a $13 million jury verdict against the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in a gender discrimination lawsuit brought by a physician faculty member.
Healthcare partner Stephanie Trunk has been selected by JD Supra to receive a 2020 Readers’ Choice Award in the healthcare category.
The Daily Journal named health care litigation partner Debra Albin-Riley a 2020 Top Health Care Lawyer in California. An April 22 article highlights Debra’s administrative litigation work in complex medical staff peer review hearings, and in serving as lead trial counsel in related court litigation.
On April 17, 2020, the California Attorney General released Opinion No. 15-301, clarifying the deadlines for peer review bodies to file reports to certain licensing agencies pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 805 (805 Reports).
CMS issued an MLN Matters Special Edition Article on April 17, 2020, regarding waivers for rural health clinics (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) permitting flexibility during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).
Health Care Counsel Susanna Hathaway Murphy was recently quoted in Part B News on the recent COVID-related development of health care providers seeing patients strictly via telehealth as the pandemic rages on.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has issued additional health professional licensing waivers to help the healthcare industry better respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
To address provider shortages, CMS issued a declaration on April 9, 2020, setting forth new “Blanket Waivers,” which, among other things, allow practitioners to practice across state borders (if permitted by the state) and at the top of their license.
Corrective Action Toolbox Webinar
When a practitioner does not meet the medical staff’s standards, leaders have a wide variety of remedial and corrective action choices. Join us for a discussion on some of those surprisingly numerous options.
Recognizing the need to make health services available during the current state of emergency, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-43-20 (the “Order”) on April 3, 2020.
On March 30, 2020, in response to the continued spread of COVID-19, California Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-39-20, authorizing temporary adjustments to certain standards related to staffing and licensing requirements for healthcare facilities, providers, and professionals.
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In part two of our discussion, we talked with Aaron Jacoby and Oliver Spurgeon about how the new legislation is helping practitioners, including those on the frontlines fighting the pandemic.
The recently passed CARES Act makes critical investments in telehealth and medicare reimbursements. We talked with Aaron Jacoby and Douglas Grimm about the impact the CARES Act will have on key components of the health care industry.
Health Care Practice Group Co-Leader Douglas Grimm was recently quoted in an International Business Times article discussing the potential destabilization of the US healthcare system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Partner Anne Murphy authored an article for The Governance Institute titled "Healthcare Board Oversight During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The article highlights key organizational approaches and risk areas for hospital and health system governing boards to consider during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Health Care Co-Leader Lowell Brown was recently quoted in a Modern Healthcare article. The article reports on the increasing trend of prominent health systems to redeploy specialists who don't typically treat infectious diseases to care for patients battling COVID-19.