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COVID-19 Regulatory Updates

by Susan McCullah

Jun 26, 2020 2:37:29 PM

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Here is an up-to-date list of important changes and extensions being allowed that our healthcare clients may find valuable. Remember, these are subject to change at any time. 

June 1, 2020: Arizona

A face-to-face encounter is not required before Home Health services can begin. 

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June 1, 2020: Mississippi

Will temporarily waive written consent required under home and community-based service programs and permit documented verbal consent as an alternate.

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May 29, 2020: Alaska

Modifies the deadline for initial and annual level of care determinations.

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May 28, 2020: Vermont

  • State Plan Amendments related to the COVID-19 public health emergency, submitted after the last day of the quarter may have an effective date in the previous quarter, but no earlier than the effective date of the public health emergency.  
  • CMS is waiving public notice requirements applicable to the state plan amendment submission process.  
  • Temporarily allow services to be provided in settings that have not been determined to meet the home and community-based settings criteria.

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May 22, 2020: North Dakota 

  • Will temporarily allow payment for 1905(a) personal care services rendered by legally responsible individuals.
  • Will temporarily waive written consent required under home and community-based service programs and permit documented verbal consent as an alternate. 

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May 22, 2020 Texas

  • Modifying the allowed time frame for initial eligibility evaluations and assessments of home and community-based services. 
  • Modifying the deadline for initial and annual level of care determinations, under both 1915(c) and 1915(k).

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May 26, 2020: New Hampshire

  • Postponing deadlines for re-validation of providers who are located in the state or otherwise directly impacted by the emergency
  • Temporarily allowing payment for 1905(a) personal care services rendered by family caregivers or legally responsible individuals.
  • Temporarily allowing services to be provided in settings that have not been determined to meet the home and community-based settings criteria.

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June 1, 2020: North Carolina

NC Department of Health and Human Services issues request for qualifications from vendors to provide covid-19 testing and contact tracing.

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May 26, 2020: Michigan

Licensed physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and pharmacists are authorized to administer a COVID-19 test without additional state license.  Read more here...

May 20, 2020: Georgia

The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy has adopted an emergency rule temporarily waiving the practical examination from the licensing requirements.  All applicants for pharmacist licensing must successfully pass the NAPLEX and jurisprudence examination (MPJE) administered by NABP.  An individual is not eligible to take the examinations for licensing until such individual has graduated from an approved college or school of pharmacy, completed all internship requirements, and has a complete pharmacist application with no deficiencies pending with the Board.  
Any applicant who has previously taken and failed the Georgia practical exam will not be eligible for licensing under this emergency rule. 

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5/20/2020: New Hampshire

Continuing education requirements are waived for licensees who are scheduled to renew between 3/13/2020 - 12/31/2020. All other licensees may complete their CE requirements through remote instruction until 12/31/2020. 

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5/21/20: West Virginia

The WV BOP has worked with WV DHHR Bureau for Public Health and the State Health Officer to provide Guidance with the appropriate contacts and pathways to follow for a pharmacist/pharmacy who decides to undertake the provision of COVID-19 testing at his/her pharmacy. 

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June 2, 2020: New York

Temporary suspension and modification of education law and regulations to the extent necessary to allow a questionnaire administered through an asynchronous electronic interface or electronic mail that is approved by a physician licensed in the State of New York to be sufficient to establish a practitioner-patient relationship for purposes of ordering a clinical laboratory test.

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5/26/20: South Dakota

Suspend provisions requiring applicants to submit proof of completing examination requirements for physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, audiologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.  Must submit proof of examination to their respective licensing Board by November 30, 2020.

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Topics: COVID-19, Human Resources, regulatory changes

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.