Hospice & Palliative Care

The FDA could approve two COVID-19 vaccines within a matter of days. However, drug makers have tried to keep expectations in check about how much vaccine they can deliver immediately and over the next few months as they grapple with supply chain and manufacturing challenges. In Safety Law Matters, we write about limited and

Register today to join our very own Healthcare lawyers, Jenna Brofsky and Timothy A. Hilton, and Husch Blackwell Labor and Employment and Health and Safety lawyers Brittany M. Falkowski and Avi Meyerstein as they present various issues and action steps employers should consider as they develop plans involving the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. While there

With all that 2020 has brought, the Information Blocking Rule that came out of the Cures Act was under the radar of many hospices. Thankfully, HHS extended the compliance date for the Rule to April 5, 2021, from November 2, 2020. With this additional time, hospices need to evaluate how they will achieve compliance; what

Hopefully you had an opportunity to attend our recent Health Law & Innovation Virtual session titled “Stimulus Relief Funds: Strings Attached.” Here are program materials that will be helpful to you:

Cheat Sheet for CARE’s Act Provider Relief Funds
PowerPoint Presentation
Provider Relief Fund General Distribution FAQs (As of 10/28/2020)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services | CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

If you miss some of the webinar, want to review some of the material or have a colleague who missed the program? The webinar recording is now available for viewing at your convenience. Simply register using the following link and you will have access to the recorded webcast. https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2637091/918529162DBD1A80B6B8A27F1431372C
Continue Reading Health Law & Innovation Virtual Series – Stimulus Relief Funds: Strings Attached

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Medicare hospice benefit, we stand at an important reflection point to evaluate end-of-life care and map its future. In this new series, we gather leaders and thinkers from a range of disciplines to explore our needs at the end of life, how they have changed over time and how care models need to adapt. We will consider our societal relationship to mortality and what impact the growth of Hospice & Palliative Care has had on how we meet the challenges of death and loss. Our guests will share their perspectives on the policy, legislative and healthcare delivery changes needed to enhance how we care for those with life-limiting conditions and ensure wellness at all stages of life. We hope you enjoy these insightful conversations and that they inspire positive change in how we care for one another at the end of life. 
Continue Reading Perspectives on End of Life Care: An Exploration of Its Past, Present and Future – A Conversation with Dr. Janet Bull

In the wake of a record number of Covid-19 cases and with flu season around the corner, Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Secretary Designee Andrea Palm issued a new emergency order on October 1, 2020. Emergency Order #2 is designed to help address an anticipated surge in healthcare staffing needs.

Continue Reading Emergency Order #2 Targets Staffing Demands in Wisconsin Healthcare Facilities

September was another busy month as hospices and other providers try to keep pace with the government’s constantly evolving rules and standards around various COVID-19 federal relief programs. In this episode, Meg Pekarske, Tom O’Day and Andrew Brenton hone in on recent key changes to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid leave requirements and Provider Relief Fund compliance reporting requirements, and discuss what these changes may mean for hospices. Tune in at: https://lnkd.in/ecgV5xD
Continue Reading COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series: The Government Yet Again Updates Rules for FFCRA Paid Leave and Provider Relief Fund Reporting

On September 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released long-awaited details about upcoming reporting requirements for certain providers that accepted funding of one or more payments exceeding $10,000 from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Key aspects of HHS’ new PRF reporting guidance are summarized in today’s legal alert.
Continue Reading HHS Releases New Details on Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske is joined by colleague Stephanie Kaiser for a rich conversation on what it means for a hospice board to carry out its fiduciary duties and how this relates to the role and responsibilities of hospice executives. Through counseling and training boards across the country, Stephanie has gained unique insights on the inner workings of boards, and breaks down what good governance looks like in action. Stephanie debunks common misconceptions on what defines a “good” board and provides practical tips on how hospice executives can and should engage and inform their boards. We also discuss when boards and individual members are liable and how to guard against such claims.
Continue Reading Working Together: Tips for Ensuring A Compliant Relationship Between You and Your Hospice Board