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  1. The coronavirus as opportunity

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 7. April 02, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: April 02, 2020 

    The effect of the coronavirus has revealed glaring weaknesses in the global supply chain. Chief among them is the lack of a stockpile of necessary medical supplies, caused by the reliance on one or two countries (e.g., China) for the vast majority of manufacturing, which has become untenable...

  2. AI helping to combat coronavirus

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 7. April 02, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: April 02, 2020 

    The possibility of an overwhelming burden on health care facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic has given companies developing commercial artificial intelligence (AI) solutions an opportunity to show their quality. AI can help sort through medical files and potentially identify patients in need of critical care, or patients who may contract the coronavirus...

  3. Legal and compliance developments and the coronavirus

    Compliance Today - June 2020  | Authors: Gabriel L. Imperato, Romain Balard  | Published: June 2020 

    On January 31, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar declared a public health emergency.[1] Following President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act and emergency determination under the Stafford Act, the Secretary of HHS was allowed to issue waivers of certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements pursuant to Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.[2] As a result, on March 13, 2020, the Secretary of HHS authorized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to take waivers and modifications.[3] The...

  4. Telemedicine and the coronavirus crisis: Key legal issues for providers to consider

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Author: Robin M. Singh  | Published: August 2020 

    The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has affected all areas of life and healthcare delivery...

  5. CMS reveals new HCPCS code for coronavirus lab tests

    Compliance Today - May 2020  | Published: May 2020 

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 6, 2020, in a special edition of MLN Connects[1] that the agency has taken “additional actions to ensure America’s patients, healthcare facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)...

  6. Data privacy concerns in the age of the coronavirus

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 7. April 02, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: April 02, 2020 

    Last issue, we discussed the Italian Data Protection Authority (DPA) guidance[1] regarding the health data of employees. The DPA stated the responsibility for handling health data lies with public entities—not employers. Since then, several other DPAs in Europe have come out with guidance for companies about how to handle the movement and security of personal data. Under the GDPR, health data are considered to be sensitive. In an advisory brief sent out to organizations around the world, Cordery Compliance outlined the general stance toward health data,[2] ways in which organizations can gain consent to process the data and concerns regarding...

  7. Helping organizations achieve compliance in the wake of the coronavirus

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Authors: Kimberly Gillespie, Henry C. Fader  | Published: August 2020 

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020, the healthcare industry responded on many levels to help communities and save lives. To support this extraordinary effort, federal and state governments released numerous guidelines, directives, rules, Q&As, and regulations to remove barriers standing in the way of patient care at a time of national crisis. Many of these initiatives relaxed or countermanded policies, procedures, and accrediting standards, in all levels of care, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and telehealth. Over time, however, we expect many of these initiatives to further morph and/or unwind. This will be challenging...

  8. Coronavirus having an unprecedented effect on global supply chains

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 5. March 05, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: March 05, 2020 

    The coronavirus is now on every continent except for Antarctica, and there is still no cure for nor vaccine against the virus. The disruption the virus is causing and will continue to cause to the global supply chain has no precedent. In a commentary piece for The Wall Street Journal, Yossi Sheffi, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Transportation and Logistics, suggests the coronavirus is having a bigger effect on the global supply chain than the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome of 2003, the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, and the floods that ravaged Thailand...

  9. COVID-19 emergency preparedness kit

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Catherine Boerner  | Published: July 2020 

    As compliance professionals, I am sure all of you have discussed with your families a COVID-19 emergency preparedness family plan. My husband and I did it early on. We discussed where someone would quarantine (our master bedroom) and what they would need. I ordered a finger pulse oximeter, blood pressure wrist cuff, extra thermometers, and extra batteries. We didn’t buy extra toilet paper, but we bought extra bottled water, vitamin water, Gatorade, chicken noodle soup, and made a list of possible meals and filled the freezers with food...

  10. OSHA releases revised COVID-19 guidance

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: August 2020 

    The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released revised guidelines regarding enforcement actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] There are two major changes: increasing in-person inspections as noncritical businesses start to reopen and requiring businesses to treat the coronavirus as a reportable illness during recordkeeping...

  11. Coronavirus challenging work processes, supply chains, health care systems, and more

    CEP Magazine - May 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: May 2020 

    The world has emerged as generally unprepared for a global pandemic. Certain countries, such as South Korea and Taiwan, have demonstrated an ability to mobilize health care systems and communities to contain and handle the virus, whereas other countries, such as Italy and the United States, have been blindsided by the scope of the virus...

  12. Seven Codes for COVID-19 Lab Tests

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 17. May 04, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: May 04, 2020 

    In an MLN Matters article (SE20011),[1] CMS listed three CPT and HCPCS codes for COVID-19 testing that trigger the use of the CS modifier, but there are now seven COVID-19 tests,[2] said Chris Anusbigian, a specialist senior manager with Deloitte & Touche in Detroit. “I’m not sure if CMS has updated its edits,” she said. Hospitals are holding their claims pending clarification. The newer codes are HCPCS codes U0003 and U0004 and CPT codes 86328 and 86769. Contact her at canusbigian@deloitte.com...

  13. Cheat Sheet: Parsing COVID-19, Related Codes

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 15. April 20, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: April 20, 2020 

    Deloitte Advisory developed this chart explaining how to code diagnoses for COVID-19 and (potentially) related respiratory illnesses before and after April 1. There wasn’t a specific diagnosis code for the novel coronavirus before then, so coders should use B97.29, said Leslie Slater, specialist leader for Deloitte Advisory in New York City. “As of April, we have a new code that’s specific to COVID-19,” U07.1 (see story, p. 1).[1] Contact Slater at leslater@deloitte.com...

  14. Call to arms: Coronavirus presents an opportunity to get supply chain risk management right

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 6. March 19, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: March 19, 2020 

    There is not a media outlet in the world that isn’t carrying a story about the new coronavirus and its effects on peoples’ daily lives. A primary focus of a number of reports and articles is the effect the coronavirus is having on economic conditions[1] and, more specifically, supply chain management. The effects are indeed dramatic. Supply chains, from electronics to toys to automobiles to pharmaceuticals, are experiencing dramatic decreases in supply and demand[2] as factories go offline and consumers pare back purchases...

  15. COVID-19: Into the unknown

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Author: Jay P. Anstine  | Published: August 2020 

    From scheduling patients to care delivery to reimbursement, healthcare is an industry functioning on a daily basis under highly technical processes and a mountain of regulations. Generally speaking, privacy professionals can serve to support leadership as they navigate these operational challenges with respect to protected health information (PHI). In this strange new world of COVID-19, there has been no shortage of opportunities to consult leaders on issues such as media access to PHI, safeguarding PHI with a remote workforce, and appropriate sharing of test results. While this list is not intended to be exhaustive, these are some issues you’ve encountered...

  16. IRF monitoring during COVID-19

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: John Falcetano  | Published: July 2020 

    COVID-19 has forced compliance professionals across the nation to take steps to protect themselves while still monitoring for compliance. Many compliance professional now work remotely to prevent contracting the contagious virus. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several regulatory waivers to ease the burden on providers and allow them to focus on patient care. This month I will focus on inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) compliance monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect of some CMS waivers...

  17. AI applications and solutions for COVID-19

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 8. April 16, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: April 16, 2020 

    Medical sciences-focused online news company STAT released a list of ways AI can help hospitals deal with COVID-19[1] on March 31. The guide included measures that hospitals can implement immediately, as well as solutions that health care facilities should consider installing in the future. Below are some suggestions for the hospitals, as reported by the Becker Hospital Review:[2]...

  18. COVID-19 Oversight Website to Carry Reports, Audits

    Report on Research Compliance Volume 17, Number 6. May 21, 2020  | Author: Theresa Defino  | Published: May 21, 2020 

    Pandemic.oversight.gov might not have quite the zing or simple elegance of USAspending.gov, but maybe the name will grow on research compliance officials. In the coming months, they may be spending a lot of time on this new website, created as part of monitoring efforts for the trillions of dollars in federal funds to fight COVID-19...

  19. Force majeure provisions in light of COVID-19

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 8. April 16, 2020  | Author: Karen Kroll  | Published: April 16, 2020 

    With the COVID-19 pandemic prompting myriad business closures, many suppliers and their customers are reviewing the force majeure provisions within their supply chain contracts. Force majeure, which translates to “superior force,” recognizes that an event that’s outside anyone’s control and unavoidable—such as a natural disaster—can make it impossible for a party to fulfill its obligations under a contract. Perhaps not surprisingly, the clause is sometimes called an “act of God” provision...

  20. SEC eases regulatory rules during COVID-19 pandemic

    Compliance Today - June 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: June 2020 

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made slight regulatory changes[1] that could ease the burden for publicly traded companies. The changes deal primarily with disclosures, deadlines, and certain time-consuming requirements that are changed or suspended until midsummer 2020...

  21. Chart: Billing for COVID-19 Lab Tests, Specimen Collection

    Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 29, Number 22. June 15, 2020  | Author: Nina Youngstrom  | Published: June 15, 2020 

    Here are codes for COVID-19 lab tests and specimen collection, with some tips, and guidance on when to use the QW modifier,[1] said Chris Anusbigian, a specialist senior manager with Deloitte & Touche in Detroit. Contact her at canusbigian@deloitte.com...

  22. COVID-19 Pandemic Security Strategies, Checklist

    Report on Patient Privacy Volume 20, Number 7. July 09, 2020  | Author: Jane Anderson  | Published: July 09, 2020 

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, health care organizations have been overwhelmed, trying to manage telework, telehealth and ward off increasing threats to their protected health information.[1] But security professionals also are finding organizations are adapting and implementing strategies to safeguard protected health information. Still, there is always more they could do, and the experts recommend a variety of tactics to keep health care entities safe in the coming months, as the pandemic continues...

  23. Teladoc visits skyrocket during COVID-19

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

    Teladoc Health, a New York-based telemedicine company, reported a 60.8% year-over-year increase in US paid membership in the first quarter of 2020.[1] Although the surge is driven by COVID-19 and may taper off after the pandemic has subsided, the numbers show that people are willing to access medical help online and post-pandemic visits to portals such as Teladoc may maintain higher levels going forward...

  24. Compliance with the new COVID-19 business assistance loans

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Published: July 2020 

    By Gabriel L. Imperato, Esq., and Romain Balard, Esq...

  25. The coronavirus provides an opportunity to hone crisis response plans for the next big challenge

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance Volume 3, Number 4. February 20, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: February 20, 2020 

    The coronavirus that has, at the time of writing, infected more than 40,000 people around the world and killed more than 1,000,[1] is also ravaging international trade and global supply chains. Companies with manufacturing operations in China have shut down factories, told employees to stay home, pulled expat employees out of country and issued varying degrees of shutdown orders that could extend deep into February...