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HHS Announces Additional CARES Act Funds for Nursing Homes

On August 7, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that nursing homes and long-term care facilities will receive an additional $5 billion in payments from the Provider Relief Fund. $2.5 billion will support increased testing, staffing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs, and establishment of COVID-19 isolation facilities. The remaining $2.5 billion … Read more HHS Announces Additional CARES Act Funds for Nursing Homes

Kentucky Area Development Districts to Receive $6 Million in CARES Act Funding

On August 12, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear announced that $6 million in funding from the CARES Act will go to reimburse Kentucky’s fifteen Area Development Districts (ADDs) for costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Each ADD can expect approximately $392,000 to fund regional disaster economic recovery coordinates, develop disaster resiliency and recovery plans, improve short-term … Read more Kentucky Area Development Districts to Receive $6 Million in CARES Act Funding

Scammers Target Remote Workers with Fraudulent Termination Notices and Fake COVID-19 Tracing Phishing Emails

Cybercriminals are targeting remote workers with fraudulent phishing emails purporting to notify workers that their employment is being terminated. These emails provide clickable links for invitations to teleconference meetings or additional information concerning termination packages in an effort to trick people into downloading malicious software. Scammers are also sending fraudulent emails purporting to perform COVID-19 … Read more Scammers Target Remote Workers with Fraudulent Termination Notices and Fake COVID-19 Tracing Phishing Emails

Governor Beshear Issues New Order for Kentucky Bars and Restaurants and Extends Face Covering Order

By Kathie McDonald-McClure On August 10, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear extended the mask order for another 30 days.  He also announced a new order and revised specific requirements (Version 5.1) effective August 11, 2020 for Kentucky bars and restaurants.  Bars were allowed to reopen with 50% capacity and restaurants were allowed to increase their capacity … Read more Governor Beshear Issues New Order for Kentucky Bars and Restaurants and Extends Face Covering Order

New Orders and Guidance Coming for Kentucky Bars and Restaurants on August 10, 2020

By Kathie McDonald-McClure During his COVID-19 update on August 6, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear said that the state will have new guidance and an order for bars and restaurants before his 4:00 pm update on Monday, August 10th.  He said that the specifics have not yet been finalized.  Nevertheless, he gave bars and restaurants a … Read more New Orders and Guidance Coming for Kentucky Bars and Restaurants on August 10, 2020

Can Employers Limit Off-Duty Activities and Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Written by:  Meredith L. Eason Most employers have implemented new policies to comply with OSHA’s requirement to provide a safe workplace and to limit the spread of COVID-19.  These new policies typically include enhanced cleaning procedures, facemask and social distancing requirements, and limitations on business travel and in-person meetings.  Many employers wonder whether they can legally … Read more Can Employers Limit Off-Duty Activities and Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

First Provider Loans Through the Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs Come Due

As we previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs back in March 2020 to allow providers and suppliers to apply for advances on their Medicare payments to offset their costs and losses incurred at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, then curbed the programs in … Read more First Provider Loans Through the Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs Come Due

HHS Extends Deadline for Medicaid Providers to Request Relief

In June 2020, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and dental providers were able to apply to the Provider Relief Fund for funding of up to 2% of reported revenue from patient care. The initial deadline of July 20, 2020 was extended to August 3. Now, the Department of Health and Human Services has extended … Read more HHS Extends Deadline for Medicaid Providers to Request Relief

CMS Proposes Permanent Expanded Telehealth Benefits

On August 4, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order on Improving Rural and Telehealth Access, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed permanent changes to extend the availability of certain telehealth services even after the COVID-19 public health emergency ends to give Medicare beneficiaries more convenient ways to access healthcare, particularly in rural … Read more CMS Proposes Permanent Expanded Telehealth Benefits

Kentucky DPH COVID-19 Guidance on Release from Isolation/Return to Work

On August 3, 2020, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) issued Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Disease Clearance Guidance on determining when to release an individual from isolation and/or return the individual to work.  The KDPH recommends a symptom-based strategy to determine resolution of COVID-19 clinical disease and likely infectivity. The guidance states that it … Read more Kentucky DPH COVID-19 Guidance on Release from Isolation/Return to Work

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