New Jersey Department of Health Issues Guidance on the Resumption of Elective Surgeries

As a follow-up to yesterday’s blog post, the New Jersey Department of Health (“NJDOH”) issued its guidance on the resumption of elective surgeries in hospitals and licensed ambulatory surgery centers.  As we mentioned yesterday, the Division of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”) issued guidance addressing the resumption of (1) medically necessary or therapeutic services and (2) elective procedures in the office setting. 

New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs Issues Order on the Resumption of Elective Surgeries

On Friday, May 15, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy executed Executive Order No. 145, which allows for the resumption of elective surgeries, both medical and dental, starting Tuesday, May 26 at 5:00 a.m. The Order required the New Jersey Department of Health (“NJDOH”) and the Division of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”) to issue policies by Monday, May 18, to address where, when and how these surgeries can resume.

CMS Makes Second Round of Sweeping Regulatory Changes and HHS Updates the Grant Relief Program

CMS Makes a Second Set of Sweeping Regulatory Waivers

On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") issued a press release announcing another round of sweeping regulatory changes giving physicians, hospitals and other healthcare organizations greater flexibility in responding to COVID-19.  These new changes build on the broad changes CMS issued in March 2020 as outlined in our previous Update.

HHS Issued $20 Billion in Grants Subject to Application Requirements and CMS Suspends Accelerated and Advance Payment Program

$20 Billion in Grant Money

In our previous update, we noted that CMS issued $30 billion out of the $100 billion in grant money under the CARES Act (the “Provider Relief Fund”).  As of April 24, 2020, CMS issued the $30 billion, and providers were not required to engage in any activity or application to get those funds, with the exception of attesting to the terms and conditions within thirty (30) days of receiving the funds through the Provider Attestation Portal.

Coronavirus – CMS Guidance Part Three

This update follows our previous updates regarding COVID-19 on March 12 and March 18.  Needless to say, both federal and state governments have taken significant steps since March 18.   As detailed below, besides the stimulus bill that is currently pending, there has been additional guidance issued on the expansion of telemedicine and the relaxation of the HIPAA rules.