WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2020) – Please follow the links below to updated COVID-19 alerts provided by our friends at Duane Morris.
- CMS Announces New Rules and Waivers of Federal Requirements for Hospitals and Clinicians Responding to COVID-19
- Crisis Standards of Care Guidelines to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
- SBA and Treasury Release FAQs on Paycheck Protection Program Loans
- Personal Data Protection During the COVID-19 Health Emergency in Mexico
COVID-19 CE Course
WASHINGTON, DC (April 8, 2020) – Power-Pak C.E. has just released a continuing education course on the Coronavirus – COVID-19: An Update for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians on the Frontlines. This course is free to all pharmacy professionals and provides important information on COVID-19. Please click here to visit the Power-Pak C.E. Coronavirus Resources page.
Summary of Small Business Loan Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
WASHINGTON, DC (April 6, 2020) – Please click here to read a summary on the Small Business Loan Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided by our friends at Powers, Pyles, Sutter, & Verville PC.
CMS COVID-19 News Alert: Nursing Home Guidance, Medicaid Waivers, Telehealth, and Medicaid FAQs
WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2020) – Here is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions taken in response to the COVID-19 virus, as part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, click herewww.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the CMS News Room and Current Emergencies Website. CMS updates these resources on an ongoing basis throughout the day; the information in this document is current as of April 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM.
Changes to Pharmacy Rules Governing Automated Storage and Delivery Systems Due to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2020) – In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some state boards of pharmacy are suspending or modifying certain pharmacy rules to allow for the expanded use of patient-accessible remote automated pharmacy systems, including the dispensing and delivery of prescription drugs. Please click here to read an update from our friends at Quarles & Brady.
SBA Releases Loan Application for Paycheck Protection Program
WASHINGTON, DC (April 1, 2020) – On the evening of March 31, 2020, the Small Business Administration released the loan application for the Paycheck Protection Program and an information sheet containing loan guidelines. Please click here to read additional information provided by our friends at Duane Morris.
Privacy and Security Considerations for Telehealth Use
WASHINGTON, DC (April 1, 2020) – The expanded use of telehealth and other virtual care services during the COVID-19 pandemic offers opportunities to protect patients and providers. However, the increased reliance on telehealth is not without data privacy and security considerations. Our friends at Quarles & Brady discuss these data privacy and security considerations here.
COVID-19 Personnel and Safety Issues
WASHINGTON, DC (March 31, 2020) – It is an understatement to see that what the country is experiencing is unprecedented – there is no playbook on how to respond. The law is frantically trying to catch up with events unfolding on the ground. Our friends at Brown & Fortunato, P.C. has provided this white paper to NASP that presents information and ideas designed to help pharmacies navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
CARES Act Updates
WASHINGTON, DC (March 31, 2020) – The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act” was signed into law by President Trump this past weekend. It is the largest stimulus bill in the history of the United States and will have a profound effect on all of us. While some of the details are not yet clear, we do know that the CARES Act provides tangible relief to a variety of groups. Please read our special summary that focuses on the issues important to NASP members provided by our friends at Brown & Fortunato, P.C.
In addition, Powers has released two memorandums on the CARES Act. The first memorandum focuses on the impact on the health care sector. The second memorandum summarizes the key provisions pertaining to the nation’s economic sector.
Marriott Offering Discounted Rates for Medical Professionals
WASHINGTON, DC (March 30, 2020) – Marriott International invites first responders and support staff providing medical, relief, and support services to book designated hotels nationwide as a part of a community caregivers program. This will provide health care and relief professionals, and those supporting them, a place to say in close proximity to hospitals and government buildings as they aid in COVID-19 response efforts. This rate will help expedite the booking process and will be available from March 26, 2020 through June 30, 2020, at participating hotels. For stays that are longer than 30 days (or to book a block of rooms) you can email CVHelp@Marriott.com or call the Marriott National Group Sales, Coronavirus Helpline at 888-206-9600. To book individual rooms (for up to 30 days) go to Marriott.com and use the code QWO under special rates. You will need to show proper ID (company/medical, government, military, or relief organization) upon check-in.
Resources & Alerts from Duane Morris
WASHINGTON, DC (March 26, 2020) – Our friends at Duane Morris are working around the clock to monitor COVID-19 related developments and issuing alerts on emergency measures via their COVID-19 Strategy Team. Please follow the links below to view their latest alerts:
- Expect Delays in Merger Reviews by FTC and DOJ During COVID-19 Restrictions
- Virginia Governor Orders Closures and Occupancy Restrictions on All Nonessential Retail Businesses
- D.C. Mayor Closes All Nonessential Businesses and Prohibits Large Gatherings
- U.S. Antitrust Agencies Announce Expedited Procedures and Guidance for COVID-19 Public Health Efforts
How to Remain Connected with Your Loved Ones When You Cannot See Them in Person
WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2020) – To read tips on how to stay connected to family and friends during this time, please click here for an article from Northwestern Mutual.
Some Inspiration in a Time of Isolation
WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2020) – Our friends at United Talent Agency have shared a selection of podcasts from their speakers to motivate and inspire you during this time of uncertainty. We hope that these bring a small bright spot to your day:
- Marcus Luttrell – Team Never Quit
- Sahara Rose – The Highest Self Podcast
- Sadie Robertson – WHOA That’s Good Podcast
- Esther Perel – Where Should We Begin?
- Dan Harris – Ten Percent Happier
- Dr. Phil McGraw – Phil in the (blanks)
Resources & Alerts from Duane Morris
WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2020) – Our friends at Duane Morris are working around the clock to monitor COVID-19 related developments and issuing alerts on emergency measures via their COVID-19 Strategy Team. Please follow the links below to view their latest alerts:
- Mix of Statewide Emergency Rules and Local Advisories Dominate Florida’s Reaction to COVID-19
- Nonessential New York State Court Litigation Put on Hold in Response to COVID-19
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Award Contracts to Convert Existing Buildings into ICU-like COVID-19 Treatment Facilities, Starting in New York
- New Jersey Orders Citizens to Stay Home Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Sign-Up for a Special NORD Webinar
WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2020) – Please join our friends at NORD for a special webinar for a guide on living with a rare disease and maintaining your physical and mental health during COVID-19. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 31st from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST and you can register for the webinar here.
Privacy and Cybersecurity Considerations and Opportunities Related to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, DC (March 24, 2020) – Increased precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 have forced unprecedented reliance on technology and remote connectivity. This rapid and significant shift raises enhanced privacy and cybersecurity concerns, especially in the highly regulated health care industry. Read more as we discuss key takeaways and considerations for planning and responding to privacy and cybersecurity issues as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. Please click here to read the Health & Life Sciences Alert from Quarles & Brady.
Mental Health Resources Available During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, DC (March 24, 2020) – Access to mental health services continues to be a challenge for many and during this time of great uncertainty, anxiety is rising along with feelings of loneliness and coronavirus induced trauma. NASP thanks The Midwest Business Group on Health for providing the information on the following resources that are available during this time:
- CDC Coronavirus Disease Managing Anxiety and Stress
- SAMHSA Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation
- AFSP Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- Mental Health America and COVID-19 Information and Resources
- A daily live stream hosted at 11am daily by the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner, Allison Arwandy M.D. is available on Facebook and Twitter.
- MBGH member Faegre Drinker has created an extensive action guide for employers and additional information is available on their website.
- Strategies to encourage social connectiveness from WELCOA can be found on their blog and on their COVID-19 webinar series.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
WASHINGTON, DC (March 24, 2020) – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) goes into effect April 2, 2020 and remains in effect until December 31, 2020. For employers, the two significant provisions of FFCRA are the introduction of a new federal Paid Sick Leave Law and the expansion of FMLA. Please click here to read an update of FFCRA provided by Frier Levitt, LLC.
HRSA Unveils New 340B Flexibilities During COVID-10 Crisis
WASHINGTON, DC (March 23, 2020) – As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the Health Resources & Services Administration Office of Pharmacy Affairs has taken unprecedented steps to provide 340B Program participants with additional flexibility to help meet surging patient demand. Please click here to read more.
The Department of the Treasury and the IRS Extend April 15 Tax Deadline
WASHINGTON, DC (March 23, 2020) – In response to President Trump’s Emergency Declaration, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS have granted a 91-day extension to certain taxpayers to file their 2019 Federal income tax returns and to make their 2019 Federal income tax payments and 2020 first quarter estimated income tax payments. Read more about the extension and what taxpayers should be aware of.
CVS Caremark Operational Updates
WASHINGTON, DC (March 23, 2020) – As we continue to monitor PBMs and how they are partnering with specialty pharmacies and continuing to work with specialty pharmacies to ensure patients receive their much needed and life-saving medications, we have received some additional information specific to CVS Caremark concerning policies put into place during the Covid-19 national emergency. Please click here to read the updates.
WASHINGTON, DC (March 23, 2020) – ASHP is dedicating its resources to support members and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to view the ASHP COVID-19 Resource Center. They have also created an online Connect Community discussion board to provide a peer-to-peer resource. In addition, ASHP has provided this document on the Assessment of Evidence for COVID-19 Related Treatments.
CMS Releases FAQs on Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief Related to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2020) – CMS has released FAQs on Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief related to COVID-19 including toll-free hotlines that are able to provide expedited enrollment and answer questions related to COVID-19 enrollment requirements. To keep up with the ongoing Coronavirus Task Force efforts please visit www.coronavirus.gov. For a complete and updated list of CMS actions, guidance, and other information in response to COVID-19, visit CMS’ Current Emergencies Website.
CMS Guidance on Minimizing Face-to-Face Contact for Medication Delivery/Dispensing and Patient Signature Requirements
WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2020) – Please click here to read the CMS memo on minimizing face-to-face contact for medication delivery and patient signature requirements.
Board of Pharmacy Responses to COVID-19 Outbreak
WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2020) – Quarles & Brady’s Health & Life Sciences practice group is monitoring actions by Boards of Pharmacy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here for an overview of Board of Pharmacy responses by each state.
Telehealth Prescribing & COVID-19: DEA Eases Requirements for Prescribing Controlled Substances
WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2020) – The DEA has announced that the public emergency exception to its telehealth prescribing requirements for controlled substances is activated. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the DEA is allowing prescriptions for controlled substances to be written based on a telemedicine visit. Please click here to read this update by Quarles & Brady.
Critical Infrastructure Guidance
WASHINGTON, DC (March 19, 2020) – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a memorandum on the Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response. Please click here to read the memorandum.
HHS HIPAA Waivers in Response to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, DC (March 18, 2020) – The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has waived certain requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) in response to the COVID-19 national public health emergency. These waivers promote greater flexibility with respect to HIPAA privacy and security rules. Thank you to our friends at Bass Berry & Sims for making this information available. To read the entire message, please visit this link.