In the blink of an eye our economy was transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care is one of the industries feeling the most strain – not just from surging capacities and PPE shortages, but also reduced revenue at hospitals and medical practices, and myriad other issues.
One of the big challenges is the rapid speed at which the COVID-19 pandemic, and society’s response to it are changing. Recognizing that we’re all on information overflow, we wanted to take a moment and provide a roadmap to some of our key insights from the past month.
Recently, our attorneys spoke directly to health care practice professionals about some of the programs available to assist with economic recovery, such as Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), employee retention credit and payroll tax referral and the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. You can listen to a replay of that discussion here.
But there have also been a number of developments via administrative order, rules changes and circumstance, as well as a heightened requirement to pay attention to cybersecurity issues in a work-from-home economy and impacts on foreign health workers.
We will provide continuous updates as events unfold – visit our COVID-19 response page for our latest insights. And with the Payroll Protection Program funding exhausted, we are watching for other funding programs and Congressional action applicable to health care professionals and small business.
Here’s a summary of our recent insights on the issues you need to know about. Please reach out to our Health Care Industry Team leaders Justin Runke and Tom Garry with any questions.
Health Care blog posts
- State Seeks Unused Ventilators and Protective Equipment on Voluntary Basis, Expands Surge Volunteer Force
- Executive Order Removes Obstacles to Executing Health Care Proxies
- Legislature Shields Health Care Workers from Liability in COVID-19 Pandemic
- Patient Right to Privacy Called into Question During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Relaxed HIPAA Compliance Emerges During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Emergency Measures Proposed to Address Impacts of COVID-19 on Foreign Health Care Workers
Other Topics of Interest
- Department of Justice Creates Task Forces in all 93 U.S. Attorney Districts to Investigate COVID-19 Criminal Activity
- Integrity and Oversight Processes in CARES Act Warrant Careful Review
- Essential Businesses Required to Provide Face Masks Under New Executive Order
- 12 Ways to Ensure Strong Cybersecurity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- How to Cope with a Crisis
This alert does not purport to be a substitute for advice of counsel on specific matters.
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