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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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Behavioral Health Strategies for Rural Hospitals to Meet COVID-19 Challenges (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, August 3, 2020)
Katie Culver, PYA, P.C., talks with Jeanna Gunville, Polsinelli PC, William Teague, VMG Health, and Anna Whites, Anna Whites Law Office, about their session “Behavioral Health Strategies for Rural Hospitals: Engaging Investor and Community Partners to Increase Access to Care and Meet the COVID-19 Challenges” from AHLA’s 2020 virtual Annual Meeting. The podcast discusses specific issues in delivery of behavioral health services in rural settings, creative and innovative affiliations that address rural care, and exceptions or safe harbors that can be used to protect relationships that address behavioral health needs. The speakers also talk about business and valuation considerations related to inpatient psychiatry services. Sponsored by PYA.

COVID-19’s Impact on Clinical Research (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, July 28, 2020)
In this podcast, Amanda Coulter, Coppersmith Brockelman, Clint Hermes, Bass Berry & Sims, and Joanna Bergmann, Northwell Health, discuss the impacts of the pandemic on clinical research, both in the short and long term. The podcast also looks at the expanded access pathway for unapproved drugs, biologics, and medical devices, and COVID-19 vaccine development.

COVID-19 CG Roundtable - Part 7 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, July 22, 2020)
In the seventh podcast in this series with general counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with Michael Regier, General Counsel and Secretary, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and David DeSimone, Senior Vice President of Organizational Transformation and Chief Legal Officer, CentraState Healthcare System, about how their jobs have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers discuss how the public health emergency has affected themselves and their hospitals, including how they are handling and preparing for patient surges, managing their workforce, and establishing a new normal. The podcast also discusses how delayed care due to fear of infection has affected patients. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group.

COVID-19 Implications for Pharmaceutical Litigation (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, July 15, 2020)
In this podcast, Ceren Canal Aruoba, Principal, Cornerstone Research, speaks to Darius Lakdawalla, Quintiles Chair in Pharmaceutical Development and Regulatory Innovation, University of Southern California, about the economics of pharmaceutical markets. The podcast discusses the impacts of COVID-19 from the manufacturer perspective including innovation and vaccine liability issues. In addition, Professor Lakdawalla talks about the use of economic analysis in pharmaceutical litigation. Sponsored by Cornerstone Research.

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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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