Billing News Jun 2020



Congress Introduces Bipartisan Bills to Improve Access to SARS-CoV-2 Testing

  • June 8, 2020

US Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) and Larry Bucshon (R-Indiana) introduced two new pieces of legislation Wednesday intended to improve access to SARS-CoV-2 testing and boost laboratory capacity.  One bill, titled The Diagnostic Testing for Public Health Labs Act, would require the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to offer...

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OIG Updates Its COVID-19-Related FAQ Guidance to Okay Certain Specimen Processing Payments by Laboratories

  • June 8, 2020

Publication by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) of responses to certain frequently asked questions (FAQs) received from the health care community regarding regulatory flexibility for providers that needed it to adequately respond to COVID-19 concerns. This flexibility specifically...

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FDA Oks 1st At-Home Collection Kit for Use with Multiple Labs, Coronavirus Tests

  • June 8, 2020

FDA has for the first time authorized multiple laboratories to test for coronavirus in nasal samples collected by consumers using an at-home kit. In an emergency use authorization issued Friday to Everlywell, FDA has permitted consumers to self-collect nasal specimens with the kit for analysis at designated, CLIA-certified...

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HHS Awards More Than Half a Billion Dollars Across the Country to Expand COVID-19 Testing

  • June 8, 2020

On May 7th the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $583 million to 1,385 HRSA-funded health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eight U.S. territories to expand COVID-19 testing. Nearly 88% of HRSA-funded health centers report...

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Connecticut DPH Reinstates Requirement That COVID-19 Tests Be Ordered by Physician or Other Authorized Practitioner and That Results Be Reported to the Ordering Practitioner

  • June 8, 2020

The new Acting Director of Public Health in Connecticut, rescinded a prior May 6, 2020, Department of Public Health (DPH) order that had eliminated the requirement that a request for collection or analysis of a COVID-19 specimen be made by a licensed physician or other licensed person authorized by law to make diagnoses, and...

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What Healthcare Providers Need to Know about the Information Blocking Rules

  • June 8, 2020

On March 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published final rules to implement the information blocking prohibitions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Information Blocking Rules). The Information Blocking Rules take effect on June 30, 2020, although compliance becomes mandatory, in part, beginning November 2, 2020....

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Washington, D.C. Adds Security Requirements in New Data Breach Notification Law

  • June 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. amended its data breach notification law (D.C. Act 23-268) on March 26, 2020, expanding the definition of personal information covered by the law and requiring businesses collecting data from D.C. residents to implement “reasonable security safeguards.” Because D.C. law already provides a private right of action for violations of...

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Vermont Updates Its Data Breach Notification Law

  • June 8, 2020

Vermont legislature also amended its data breach notification law, with significant overhauls including expansion of its definition of personal information, and the narrowing of permissible circumstances under which substitute notice may be applied. Bill S.110 amending Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act, V.S.A §§ 2330 & 2335, ...

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