Putting a Plan Into Action: A Conversation With Gloria Brooks on Building End-of-Life Partnerships

As many hospices begin the hard work of exploring how collaboration can benefit their organizations, it can be helpful and inspiring to hear how others have walked the same path. In today’s episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske talks with Gloria Brooks, who traveled this road as she led Arbor Hospice and its board through its affiliation with Hospice of Michigan.

Gloria provides great insight into what it takes to make transformational change and successfully navigate through the issues that matter. She now helps hospices across the country build end-of-life partnerships through her consulting business called G. Brooks & Associates. Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy the conversation. Tune into the full episode: https://bit.ly/3u1yOVn

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Continue Reading Legal Considerations and Future Vaccine Mandates—How to Prepare for the Federal Vaccine Mandate

Theresa Langley joined AHLA’s Speaking of Health Law podcast to discuss how the pandemic has changed the lives of working moms. She discusses what life was like before the pandemic and how everything changed in March 2020, the transition to remote work and school, and challenges related to childcare. She also shares tips and strategies that she has used to adjust to work and life during the pandemic and discuss how to transition back to the office and classroom. Tune in here: https://apple.co/39f4f50

On September 10, the Biden-Harris Administration, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced that $25.5 billion in relief funds will be distributed to healthcare providers through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The American Rescue Plan (ARP) will provide $8.5 billion in funding and an additional $17 billion will be distributed as Phase 4 Provider Relief Funds (PRF). Continue Reading Healthcare Providers to Receive $25.5 Billion in Relief Funds

As reported in a previous blog post, the Texas 87th Legislature passed S.B. 809, an Act adding Chapter 81A entitled “Coronavirus Disease Public Health Emergency Reporting” to the Texas Health and Safety Code. This Act requires “health care institutions” who received federal relief funds under the CARES Act, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, or the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to report the amounts received to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. As directed in the Act, HHSC has issued proposed rules regarding the reporting requirements, comments were due September 3, 2021.

The Act defines “health care institution” as an entity listed in Texas Health and Safety Code 74.001(11). Continue Reading Update: Texas HHSC Issues Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements – October 1, 2021 Deadline

An Attorney’s Perspectives for Hospice Boards

Hospice boards today need to be well-versed in a number of areas that directly or indirectly address legal issues. In this three-part Hospice Governance Academy Spotlight Interview, Bill Musick, President of Integriti3D, talks with Meg Pekarske, a partner at Husch Blackwell and host of the podcast, “Hospice Insights: The Law and Beyond.” They discuss the most pressing issues for hospice boards, ensuring that compliance plans are effective, and how to prepare for the future. Continue Reading Hospice Governance Academy Spotlight Interview: An Attorney’s Perspectives for Hospice Boards

Millions of women (and men) across Texas could be impacted by a new law that took effect on September 1 – but not the one you likely have in mind. In an unexpected move from a typically very pro-business state, the Texas Legislature passed and Governor Abbott signed two bills (Senate Bill 45 and House Bill 21) that significantly expand sexual harassment protections for employees in Texas, making the state’s laws more robust than federal employment laws in some respects.

The changes to the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act apply prospectively to actions occurring on or after September 1, 2021, and expand liability to employers of any size in Texas as well as individuals and increase the time limit for filing a sexual harassment charge. The key changes affecting Texas employers (including those with no physical presence, but employing remote workers in the state) are discussed below.

Continue Reading #Y’allToo: Texas Expands Protections for Employee Sexual Harassment

By October 1, 2021, hospices will need to update their election addendum form to address a change made by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the final rule. The government has provided much-needed clarification and flexibility to certain aspects regarding the addendum. When should hospices provide the addendum to patients? What should hospices do if a patient refuses a signer’s discharge prior to signing the addendum? In this episode we answer these questions and discuss other key changes related to the addendum announced in the final rule: https://bit.ly/3zx5SGJ Continue Reading Parsing Out Changes in the Election Addendum Made by the Final Hospice Wage Index Rule

An Attorney’s Perspectives for Hospice Boards

Hospice boards today need to be well-versed in a number of areas that directly or indirectly address legal issues. In this three-part Hospice Governance Academy Spotlight Interview, Bill Musick, President of Integriti3D, talks with Meg Pekarske, a partner at Husch Blackwell and host of the podcast, “Hospice Insights: The Law and Beyond.” They discuss the most pressing issues for hospice boards, ensuring that compliance plans are effective, and how to prepare for the future.

Segment 2: Ensuring an Effective Compliance Program

The Office of Inspector General expects that boards have oversight for compliance issues, be aware of them, and generally be informed of the healthcare regulatory environment. In this segment, Meg Pekarske discusses how a board can understand from an industry perspective if it has a good compliance program. She’ll detail the following:

  • How to set the stage
  • Developing an audit plan
  • Involving the compliance officer

Watch live at: https://bit.ly/2W1CZ6x

Foreshadowing the next four years, on August 12, 2021 the NLRB’s new General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo released her own doctrinal “wish list” in Memorandum GC 21-04.  The list detailed an exhaustive list of cases and issues that Abruzzo mandate go through her office “to determine whether current law ensures that employees have the right to exercise their fundamental Section 7 rights both fully and freely.” Visit Husch Blackwell’s Labor Relations Law Insider to learn more about cases and subject matters identified in the GC memo that impact healthcare employers: https://bit.ly/3g00wMe