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Coronavirus Pandemic

This hub includes information to help our members and the public stay up to date on new developments on the coronavirus pandemic, with a specific focus on resources developed by AHLA for the health law community.

AHLA's COVID-19 Community also is available for members to discuss and share information on health law issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 GC Roundtable - Part 6 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 30, 2020)
In the sixth podcast in this series with counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with Robyn Diaz, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Lisa Vandecavey, General Counsel, The Joint Commission, about managing a legal department during a pandemic. The podcast discusses issues that arise with remote working such as cybersecurity, employee morale, and how things might change in the future. In addition, speakers talked about how surveys are being conducted in light of the pandemic. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group. Sponsored by PHIflow.

COVID-19 GC Roundtable - Part 5 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 18, 2020)
In the fifth podcast in this series with counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with Rene Quashie, Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Digital Health, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Ross Friedberg, Chief Legal and Business Affairs Officer, Doctor on Demand, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted telehealth. The podcast discusses the future of telehealth, including clinician buy in, payer/provider collaboration, privacy standards, and using the pandemic to inform how we should address future public health emergencies. The speakers also talk about how the pandemic may reshape the health care industry, particularly primary care. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group. Sponsored by PHIflow.

COVID-19’s Impact on Private Equity Investment in Health Care (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 17, 2020)
In this podcast, Delphine O’Rourke, Partner, Duane Morris, talks to Chris McFadden, Managing Director, KKR, about investment in the health care industry and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast discusses what sorts of transactions are most and least likely to have been impacted by the pandemic, how telehealth will impact the future of health care, where firms are currently investing capital, and how PPP funds could be accounted for in transactions.

COVID-19 Liability for Long Term Care Providers (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 15, 2020)
On this podcast Carin Marney, Shareholder, Lane Powell, Cory Kallheim, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Social Accountability, LeadingAge, and David Thurber, Director of Litigation & Claims Management, Alliance Insurance Group, discuss liability for the long term care industry resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, including state immunity laws, PREP Act, how immunity could affect insurance premiums, and what types of claims are currently being filed. The podcast also examines what the future of LTC insurance might look like. From AHLA's Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group.

COVID-19 and Long Term Care Financing (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 11, 2020)
Mary O’Kelley, Shareholder, Baker Donelson, speaks with Neil Gamss, Senior Vice President, HHC Finance, Luann Gutierrez, Managing Director, Greystone & Co., Amy Heller, President, Healthcare Lending, Congressional Bank, and Hedy Rubinger, Partner, Arnall Golden & Gregory, about the current state of health care financing and how terms have changed since pre-COVID deals. The podcast also discusses how lenders are underwriting new deals, on-site due diligence, how lenders might handle defaults in health care loans, and risk management practices. From AHLA's Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group.

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Cutting Edge Issues and Trends in Health Care Fair Market Value Before, During, and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

This on-demand webinar series examined three cutting edge fair market value (FMV) issues that health care organizations are facing in 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Purchase the entire series or any of the individual sessions below:

  • Part I: Private Equity and FMV Before, During, and After the Covid-19 Pandemic (Recorded on April 16, 2020)
  • Part II: Designing Transitional Compensation Models During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Recorded on May 14, 2020)
  • Part III: Advanced Practice Providers – How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed the Utilization and Deployment of APPs (Recorded on June 18, 2020)

Value-Based Payments in Public and Not-for-Profit Hospitals in the Age of COVID-19

Value-based payments have changed the nature and types of arrangements and transactions between providers. The changes have included increases in risk-based contracting and in alignment strategies that rely on payment principles that were previously less common, such as gainsharing, capitation, and subsidization. This on-demand webinar from June 17 identified and discussed the complex and expanding scope of considerations in the context of the new hospital realities created by COVID-19.

Fraud and Abuse in the Age of Coronavirus: Current and Future Federal Criminal and Civil Enforcement Actions

This on-demand webinar from June 10 covered the potential criminal and civil exposures, the ongoing government response to monitor and pursue fraud and abuse, and guidance for health care entities who are working in this quickly changing regulatory environment. The panel also discussed DOJ's focus on investigating and prosecuting efforts to take advantage of the pandemic by selling fraudulent services and treatments.

Significant False Claims Act Case Law Developments and Preparing for FCA Enforcement in the Post-COVID-19 World

This on-demand webinar from May 27 addressed significant new trends that have emerged regarding FCA enforcement, the likely enforcement actions the government or qui tam relators will undertake stemming from government funding related to COVID-19, and steps health care entities can undertake to reduce exposure to liability.

COVID-19 and Health Information Privacy: Waivers, Enforcement Discretion, and Outstanding Questions

This on-demand webinar from May 26 discussed some of the privacy issues raised by COVID-19 under federal and state privacy laws, along with the latest guidance, waivers, and notices of enforcement discretion from the HHS Office for Civil Rights and SAMHSA regarding HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2.

Impact of Proposed Stark Law Changes on Existing Exceptions and New Blanket Waivers

This on-demand webinar from April 30 discussed proposed regulations to the Stark Law that modify existing definitions and existing exceptions, including recent waivers issued by CMS in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delivery of Behavioral Health Care Services in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges, Opportunities, and Advocacy

This on-demand webinar from April 15 provided an overview of recent regulatory changes and the impact to access, delivery, and payment for mental health and substance use disorders; reviewed ways providers are revising care delivery models in response to the COVID-19-prompted regulatory changes; and advocated for additional changes at local, state, and federal levels.

Coronavirus Preparedness for Health Plans

This on-demand webinar from April 2 discussed key guidance, best practices, and other insights on the current coronavirus outbreak from a health insurance and managed care plan perspective.

General Session On-Demand Webinar - Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues

Hosted by AHLA, in lieu of the in-person program, this virtual general session was held on March 25. The keynote address was given by Eric D. Hargan, Deputy Secretary, HHS Office of the Secretary.

On-Demand Webinar Series Hosted by CDC’s Public Health Law Program and Center for Preparedness and Response

Hosted by the ABA Health Law Section’s Public Health and Policy Interest Group, the first webinar 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Public Health Legal Preparedness was held on February 18.

Hosted by AHLA, the second webinar 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Health Care Provider Legal Preparedness was held on February 25.

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