On February 25, 2021, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted 2021 Wisconsin Act 4 (the “Act”), which, in part, grants immunity to business entities from civil liability related to COVID-19 exposure, with certain exceptions.

Specifically, the Act immunizes certain entities from civil liability for any act or omission in the course of performance or provision of the entity’s function or services, that leads to death or injury to an individual or damages caused by an act or omission resulting from or relating to exposure directly or indirectly to COVID-19 (or its variants), or conditions associated with the infectious disease.  However, civil immunity does not extend to acts or omissions that are reckless, wanton conduct, or intentional misconduct.
Continue Reading Wisconsin Business Entities Granted Civil Immunity for COVID-19 Exposure

As mandated by President Biden’s January 21 Executive Order, OSHA has announced a National Emphasis Program (NEP) designed to protect workers from contracting COVID-19.  On March 12, 2021, OSHA announced its new national emphasis program that targets high-risk establishments in high-risk industries for programmed inspections and provides a heightened focus on employers that retaliate against employees who report or complain about unsafe working environments. In conjunction with the NEP, OSHA also issued an updated Interim Enforcement Plan to provide guidance on the policies and procedures it will employ to reduce and eliminate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. The issuance of the NEP is a strong indication that OSHA enforcement activity will increase in the short term.
Continue Reading OSHA Enforcement Activity Relating to COVD-19 Exposures Expected to Increase Under New NEP and Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan

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

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Live Webinar | Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT 

Please join Husch Blackwell as we go virtual with our Health Law Conference. The series will include a range of important topics relevant to the healthcare industry and will be moderated by Curt Chase, leader of the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences and Education team; Hal Katz, American Bar Association, Health Law Section, Chair; and Tom Shorter, American Health Law Association, President-Elect Designate. The webinar programs will be offered every Thursday through November 19.

Healthcare providers of all sizes have received portions of the recently available federal funds. Healthcare organizations that receive these funds will need to provide accountability for their use to ensure compliance. In our fourth session, a panel will discuss various avenues to manage enforcement risk.
Continue Reading Health Law & Innovation Virtual Series – Session IV Risk Management: Uncharted Waters

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Live Webinar | Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT

Please join Husch Blackwell as we go virtual with our Health Law Conference. The series will include a range of important topics relevant to the healthcare industry, and will be moderated by Curt Chase, leader of the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences and Education team; Hal Katz, American Bar Association, Health Law Section, Chair; and Tom Shorter, American Health Law Association, President-Elect Designate. The webinar programs will be offered every Thursday through November 19.
Continue Reading Health Law & Innovation Virtual Series – Virtual Health: Who Will Be Leading Tomorrow? CMS, Consumers, COVID-19?

Thursday, October 8, 2020 – Live Webinar | Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT 

Please join Husch Blackwell as we go virtual with our Health Law Conference. The series will include a range of important topics relevant to the healthcare industry, and are set to be moderated by Curt Chase, leader of the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences and Education team; Hal Katz, American Bar Association, Health Law Section, Chair; and Tom Shorter, American Health Law Association, President-Elect Designate. The webinar programs will be offered every Thursday through November 19.

Our second session on October 8 will include a discussion on various aspects of how and why physician-hospital alignment models may change post-COVID-19. REGISTER NOW
Continue Reading Health Law & Innovation Virtual Series: Session II Developing Strategies Around Hospital and Physician Integration

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

In June of 2020, Husch Blackwell alerted non-profit healthcare organizations and higher education institutions of the availability of FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program disaster relief funds pursuant to then published FEMA Guidance.  We have been assisting clients with navigation of their FEMA fund requests, and due to newly published Guidance, we recommend that such organizations closely evaluate potential claims depending upon when the expenses arise to understand which guidance applies.

Continue Reading Updated Guidance on FEMA Public Assistance

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