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The 2022 Virginia General Assembly considered many health care-related bills during the course of the most recent session. Here are some of the more notable ones that became law July 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted: Changes to Health Record Privacy LawVirginia’s health record privacy law is revised to provide that an authorization for the disclosure...
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Two years after enacting the nation’s first COVID-19 safety regulations for employers, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board revoked the standard effective March 23, 2022. The Board adopted the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) recommendation that COVID-19 no longer posed a “grave danger” to employees. For most employers, this means the legal...
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The global pandemic created an urgent need to both safely access and deliver health care services. Telemedicine instantly met that need. Although many think of telemedicine services being provided on an outpatient basis during the pandemic, hospitals, especially rural ones, benefited greatly from the expansion of telemedicine services, especially under Medicare. However, Medicare (and accreditation...
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an interim final rule with comment period (IFR or Rule) effective Nov. 5, 2021 that requires certain Medicare- and/or Medicaid-certified health care providers and suppliers ensure their workers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Jan. 4, 2022. This includes physicians who practice in such providers. The...
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In recent years, balance billing from medical providers has attracted the attention of legislatures at both the state and federal level. On Jan. 1, 2021, Virginia’s balance billing law took effect that barred out-of-network providers from billing patients for emergency services, and barred balance billing for some prescheduled, nonemergency services at hospitals or other health...
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) June 10, 2021 to address the hazard posed to health care workers whose positions expose them to SARS-COVID-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The ETS provides guidelines for how these workplaces can reduce the risk of viral transmission to their employees. This standard applies...
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The new HIPAA “Safe Harbor” law H.R. 9898 became law on Jan. 5, 2021. It amended the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH Act”). This new safe harbor requires that, in the case of a data breach investigation, when calculating fines, evaluating audits or reviewing proposed mitigation steps, the Department of...
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The Virginia Board of Medicine is the regulatory arm of the Virginia Department of Health Professions and investigates any complaints made against a physician licensed in Virginia. As a physician, if you receive a notice in the mail, an email or call from the Virginia Board of Medicine, this notice must be given priority and...
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Audio and video monitoring of patients, also known as telesitting, is an effective tool to improve patient safety. But there are federal and state regulations to be considered when this form of telehealth is used in the patient care environment. More information can be found here. This item has been provided as an informational service and...
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued revised guidance Dec. 16, 2020 addressing COVID-19 vaccinations in the employment context. Information can be found here. This item has been provided as an informational service and does not constitute legal counsel or advice, which can only be rendered in the context of specific factual situations. If...
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