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  • Beware the Siren Song of the PPP

    UPDATE May 13, 2020:  With new guidance (FAQ 46) issued this morning, one day before the general safe harbor period expires, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has given many small businesses reason to breathe a bit more freely. The guidance indicates that certifications related to necessity will be deemed to have been made in good faith for all loans less than $2 million. For loans above $2 million, the guidance indicates that necessity certifications will be assessed and if found ...

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  • California Relaxes Telehealth Services Rules in Light of COVID-19

    By Procopio Partner Robert G. Marasco and Law Clerk Bella M. Olmedo Health care providers in California now have greater flexibility to provide telehealth services to patients pursuant to the executive order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on April 3, 2020.The order allows more flexible use of telehealth services for routine and non-emergency medical services by waiving certain state and privacy and security requirements for health care providers. This action is similar to the waiver ...

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  • California Governor Authorizes Expansion of Health Care Workforce and Facilities

    By Procopio Partner Robert G. Marasco and Rachael A. Harrington California health care facilities should now have additional flexibility to provide necessary and emergent care to patients during this ever-changing crisis in light of an executive order newly issued by Governor Gavin Newsom. The order seeks to “temporarily expand the health care workforce and allow health care facilities to staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds the state needs to treat COVID-19 patients....

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  • CMS Approves Additional Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers in Light of COVID-19

    By Procopio Partner Robert G. Marasco and Associate Rachael A. Harrington California is fighting for more flexibility in treatment options to best assist the healthcare providers in the state to battle the COVID-19 outbreak and get the best care to those in need.  Part of that fight is to seek additional waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”).  CMS has granted the following additional waivers in California: Medicaid Fee-For-Service Prior Auth...

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  • HIPAA: Disclosure of PHI during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    By Procopio Partner Robert G. Marasco and Associates Rachael A. Harrington and Julian J.G. Lean There is perhaps no industry more impacted by the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 than the health care industry. It’s natural for health care executives to focus on the immediate demands of diagnosis and care of patients and protection of their health care workers. It is worthwhile, however, to pause and recognize that lawmakers and regulators are making decisions that impact the health c...

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