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Florida Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 04/07/21 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Chiropractic Provider, Clinical Lab, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Hospice, Nurse, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Pharmacists, Physical Therapist, Physician Requires that civil claims against governmental entities and other institutional entities alleging damages, injury, or death arising from any possible exposure to the coronavirus (Covid-19) resulting from an effort made in good faith during the Covid-19 pandemic must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the cause was a result of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. Requires that civil claims against health care providers alleging damages, injury, or death arising from any possible exposure to Covid-19 or treatment decisions made during the pandemic must prove by the greater weight of the evidence that the cause was a result of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. Provides affirmative defenses against Covid-19-related claims. Effective March 29, 2021.
Oklahoma Medical Malpractice 05/15/20 Hospital, Nurse, Nursing Home, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Physician Grants health care providers immunity from civil liability for losses or harm to individuals with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus (Covid-19) caused by an act or omission by the facility or provider. Provides that such immunity is applicable during the Covid-19 public health emergency, and excludes acts or omissions resulting from gross negligence or misconduct. Effective May 12, 2020.
New Jersey Medical Facility Licensing, Occupational Safety and Health 03/08/21 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Emergency Medical Service, Home Care Provider, Hospice, Hospital, Nursing Home Requires general acute care hospitals, special hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, hospice programs, and nursing homes to report data on the number of health care professionals, ancillary health care workers, and emergency medical services personnel employed by the facility who tested positive for, were admitted for treatment for, or died from the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease. Requires the Department of Health to establish guidance and forms for reporting. Requires facilities to complete an analysis of Covid-19 exposures in their workforces within 60 days after the end of the state of emergency. Provides for the protection of private health information. Effective Feb. 4, 2021, and expires one year after end of the public health emergency.
South Dakota Emergency Care, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 03/17/21 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Hospice, Hospital, Managed Care Organization, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Nursing Home, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Physician, Rehabilitation Facility Provides that a health care provider is not liable for any damages for causing or contributing, directly or indirectly, to the death or injury of a person as a result of the health care provider's acts or omissions in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Provides that actions for civil liability cannot be brought against health care providers, health care facilities, and others for damages or relief for alleged exposure or potential exposure to Covid-19 unless intentional exposure can be proven. Provides immunity from civil liability for owners of premises, including health care facilities. Immunity provisions will terminate Dec. 31, 2022. Effective 90 days after adjournment.
Alabama Emergency Care, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 02/26/21 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Hospice, Hospital, Managed Care Organization, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Nursing Home, Pharmacists, Physician Provides health care providers and health care facilities, among others, with immunity from civil liability for any injury, death, or damage resulting from an act or omission in connection with a health emergency claim, excluding reckless, intentional, willful, or wanton misconduct. Provides immunity from civil liability for damages or injury resulting from exposure to the coronavirus (Covid-19). Immunity provisions will terminate Dec. 31, 2021, or one year after the end of the declared Covid-19 emergency. Effective Feb. 12, 2021.
Montana Emergency Care, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 03/23/21 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Home Care Provider, Hospice, Hospital, Managed Care Organization, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Nursing Home, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Pharmacists, Physical Therapist, Physician Provides that a person is not liable for civil damages for injuries or death from exposure or potential exposure to the coronavirus (Covid-19) unless the act or omission constitutes gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, or intentional tort. Provides immunity from civil liability for health-care providers or professionals for causing or contributing to the death or injury of an individual as part of a professional response to Covid-19, excluding gross negligence, willful misconduct, or intentional action. Provides similar immunity to manufacturers and distributors of cleaning supplies or personal protective equipment. Effective Feb. 10, 2021.
Utah Medical Malpractice, Pharmaceuticals 04/28/20 Chiropractic Provider, Clinical Lab, Dental Care Provider, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Pharmacists, Physician Provides health care providers with immunity from civil liability for any harm resulting from an act or omission in the course of providing in good faith health care during a declared public health emergency such as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, excluding gross negligence or malicious misconduct. Provides health care providers with immunity from civil liability, criminal liability, and administrative sanctions for providing health care that is qualified treatment within the scope of the provider's license and that is in accordance with federal guidelines. Provides for the use of investigational drugs and devices during a major public health emergency. Effective April 22, 2020.
Illinois Medicaid, Public Health 07/15/20 Medicaid Managed Care Plan, State or Local Health Program Permits the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to take necessary actions to address the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency to the extent such actions are required, approved, or authorized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Provides the department with the authority to accept an applicant's or recipient's attestation of income, incurred medical expenses, residency, and insured status when electronic verification isn't available in order to determine eligibility for Medicaid. Eliminates resource tests for some eligibility determinations. Temporarily suspends redeterminations, premium and copayment requirements, and changes that would adversely affect an applicant's or recipient's eligibility during the Covid-19 pandemic. Allows, in lieu of applicant signature, a phone or verbal approval by an applicant to submit an application. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, in consultation with the Department of Insurance, to explore options to make health insurance more affordable for low-income and middle-income residents. Effective July 7, 2020.
New York Mental Health Care, Nurses, Physicians 03/05/21 Emergency Medical Service, Hospital, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Physician Requires the commissioner of mental health to establish a workgroup to report on the trauma informed care needs of frontline health care workers in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The report will, among other things, identify tools to track the impact of trauma associated with Covid-19 on frontline workers, training opportunities for employers, and a means for referring workers experiencing symptoms to behavioral health services. Repeals provisions that established a Frontline Workers Trauma Informed Care Advisory Council. Effective Nov. 27, 2020.
Mississippi Emergency Care, Medical Malpractice 07/27/20 Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Home Care Provider, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Physical Therapist, Physician Provides health care providers with immunity from civil liability for any injury or death resulting from an act or omission in the course of providing in good faith health care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency, excluding malicious misconduct. Provides manufacturers and providers of health care equipment in response to the Covid-19 pandemic with immunity from civil liability related to actual or alleged exposure to the disease. Effective March 14, 2020, and expires one year after the end of the Covid-19 emergency.
New York Nurses, Occupational Safety and Health, Physicians, Public Health 12/04/20 Emergency Medical Service, Hospice, Hospital, Nurse, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Physician Establishes the Frontline Workers Trauma Informed Care Advisory Council to, among other things, identify tools to track the impact of trauma related to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the needs of frontline health care workers. Effective Nov. 27, 2020.
Minnesota Community-Based Care, Home Care, Medicaid, Public Health 09/18/20 Home Care Provider, State or Local Health Program Creates a grant program to assist providers of home and community-based waiver services such as adult day services, day habilitation, and early intensive developmental and behavioral interventions with certain fixed costs incurred during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Creates a grant program to assist providers of disability services such as day training and habilitation, day support services, and employment exploration services with certain costs incurred to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of Covid-19. Amends grant programs for customized living service providers services under the brain injury, community access for disability inclusion, and elderly waivers. Effective Aug. 15, 2020.
Massachusetts Medical Malpractice 04/23/20 Hospital, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Pharmacists, Physician, Rehabilitation Facility, Nursing Home Provides that all health care professionals and health care facilities in the state will be immune from lawsuits and civil liability for any damages or malpractice alleged to have been sustained in the course of providing health care services in good faith during the period of the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency, with certain exceptions. Effective April 17, 2020.
Michigan Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 11/23/20 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Hospice, Hospital, Managed Care Organization, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Nursing Home, Physician, Rehabilitation Facility Grants health care providers and facilities immunity from civil liability for losses, harm, or injury resulting from an act or omission while providing medical care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency, excluding gross negligence, willful misconduct, and intentional acts. Effective Oct. 22, 2020, and applies retroactively to the period of time between March 29, 2020, and July 14, 2020.
Tennessee Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 09/23/20 Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Physical Therapist, Physician Requires that civil claims against health care providers, health care facilities, and other entities alleging losses, harm, injury, or death arising from any possible exposure to the coronavirus (Covid-19) must have clear and convincing evidence that the cause was a result of gross negligence or willful misconduct. Effective Aug. 17, 2020.
Idaho Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians, Public Health 09/25/20 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Home Care Provider, Hospital, Integrated Health Care Company, Managed Care Organization, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Nursing Home, Pharmacists, Physician, Rehabilitation Facility Provides immunity from civil liability to anyone, including health care providers and facilities, for damages or injury resulting from exposure to the coronavirus (Covid-19), excluding willful misconduct and intentional acts. Effective Aug. 27, 2020.
Indiana Emergency Care, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 03/31/21 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Home Care Provider, Hospice, Hospital, Managed Care Organization, Medical Devices Company, Nurse, Nursing Home, Pharmacists, Physical Therapist, Physician Provides persons and premises, including health care providers, with immunity from civil liability for any injury or harm resulting from an actual, alleged, or possible exposure to or contraction of the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, excluding gross negligence, and willful or wanton misconduct. Provides manufacturers and providers of medical devices and protective equipment in response to the Covid-19 pandemic with immunity from civil liability related to actual or alleged exposure to the disease. Effective Feb. 18, 2021. Provisions expire Dec. 31, 2024.
Georgia Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 09/23/20 Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Hospital, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Physical Therapist, Physician Grants health care providers and facilities immunity from civil liability for losses or harm resulting from an act or omission while providing medical care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency, excluding gross negligence, wanton misconduct, and intentional acts. Requires health care providers and facilities to provide notice to individuals entering the premises with a warning about the immunity from liability. Effective Aug. 5, 2020.
Ohio Emergency Care, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 09/30/20 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Chiropractic Provider, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Hospital, Integrated Health Care Company, Managed Care Organization, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Nursing Home, Pharmacists, Physical Therapist, Physician Provides health care providers and emergency services with immunity from civil liability for any injury, death, or loss resulting from an act or omission in the course of providing in good faith health care during a disaster or emergency, excluding reckless disregard, intentional misconduct, and willful or wanton misconduct. Provides immunity from civil liability to anyone, including health care providers and facilities, for damages or injury resulting from exposure to the coronavirus (Covid-19) unless there can be proven a causal connection and reckless disregard, intentional misconduct, and willful or wanton misconduct. Applicable from March 9, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021. Effective Dec. 16, 2020.
Pennsylvania Health Practitioner Licensing, Long-Term Care, Nurses 12/14/20 Nurse, Nursing Home Provides that a temporary nurse aide in a skilled nursing facility can be deemed as satisfying the training and competency requirements if they have completed such a program that meets the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic standards and has completed 80 hours of training. Provides that competency can be established through the completion of the state examination, certification from a site administrator, or an assessment of skills by the hiring entity. Effective Nov. 25, 2020.
Colorado Occupational Safety and Health 08/07/20 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Clinical Lab, Dental Care Provider, Emergency Medical Service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Home Care Provider, Hospice, Hospital, Nursing Home, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Facility Protects workers from retaliation by an employer for having raised, in good faith, reasonable concerns about workplace violations of health or safety provisions during a public health emergency such as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Effective July 11, 2020.
Colorado General Health Care, Patient rights 07/15/20 Hospital Makes legislative declaration that hospitals should follow infection prevention protocols and identify ways to improve visitation policies during the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency. Encourages hospitals to follow best practices in order to balance the need to reduce virus transmission with the benefits of having family members of hospital patients present during illness, especially at the end of life. Effective June 29, 2020.
Virginia Long-Term Care, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians 12/07/20 Home Care Provider, Hospice Provides licensed hospices, home care organizations, private providers, assisted living facilities, and adult day care centers immunity from civil liability for injury or wrongful death resulting from an act or omission while providing care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health disaster emergency, excluding gross negligence and willful misconduct. Applicable from March 12, 2020. Effective Oct. 13, 2020.
New Jersey Long-Term Care, Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health 01/12/21 Hospital, Nursing Home Requires long-term care facilities and general acute care hospitals to make a good faith effort to have on hand a stockpile of personal protective equipment in amounts specified, for use during a public health emergency such as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Effective Dec. 14, 2020.
New Jersey Insurance, Managed Care, Medicaid, Pharmaceuticals 06/16/20 Health Insurance Provider, Medicaid Managed Care Plan, Pharmacy Requires health insurance carriers and the state Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs to provide coverage of prescription drug refills even when the patient has not yet reached the scheduled refill date in order to maintain a 30-day or 90-day supply of necessary medication during a public health emergency such as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Allows the Division of Consumer Affairs to develop restrictions on filling prescriptions to address concerns about drug shortages. Effective May 15, 2020.
Maryland General Health Care, Health Information and Technology, Health Practitioner Licensing, Nurses, Physicians, Public Health 03/23/20 Health Insurance Provider, Nurse, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, State or Local Health Program Allows the Governor to take certain actions to promote public health and safety in response to the new coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Prohibits cost-sharing by insurance carriers for Covid-19 testing and related costs. Requires carriers and Medicaid to cover Covid-19 vaccinations and associated costs without cost-sharing for certain patients. Allows the Department of Health to provide staff with scheduling flexibility throughout the crisis. Establishes and waives telehealth standards, including allowing out-of-state licensees to provide such services. Effective March 19, 2020.
Alaska Agency Administration, General Health Care, Health Care Workforce, Health Information and Technology, Health Practitioner Licensing, Insurance, Medical Facility Licensing, Nurses, Pharmaceuticals, Physicians 04/14/20 Health Insurance Provider, Nurse, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Pharmacists, Physician, State or Local Health Program Extends the new coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency until Sept. 1, 2020, or a declaration by the Governor. Permits the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Social Services to issue related standing orders. Allows state agencies to revise and waive licensure and application standards. Waives certain telehealth standards for health care practitioners. This legislation is in response to the new coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Effective April 10, 2020.
New Jersey Health Information and Technology, Health Practitioner Licensing, Insurance, Medicaid, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health 11/23/20 Health Insurance Provider, Managed Care Organization, Pharmacists Provides that a licensed pharmacist is allowed to order and administer to any person any test for the coronavirus (Covid-19) or Covid-19 antibodies for which the FDA has granted emergency use authorization or approval, subject to certain conditions. Requires such pharmacists to comply with all reporting, data collection, and other applicable requirements. Amends requirements for health insurance and Medicaid coverage of testing for the coronavirus (Covid-19) and of telemedicine or telehealth services during the public health emergency. Effective Sept. 30, 2020.
Minnesota Community-Based Care, Health Information and Technology, Home Care, Medicaid, Mental Health Care, Pharmaceuticals 07/01/20 Mental Health Provider, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Physician, State or Local Health Program Extends the expiration of certain human services program waivers and modifications beyond the end of the coronavirus (Covid-19) peacetime emergency until June 30, 2021, including the expansion of telemedicine services for medical assistance and other programs. Extends the expiration of the use of telemedicine for patient assessments and consultations in the medical cannabis program until June 30, 2021. Establishes a 60-day transition period for other Covid-19 waivers and modifications to human services programs. Effective June 24, 2020.
Kentucky Emergency Care, General Health Care, Health Information and Technology, Health Practitioner Licensing, Insurance 04/02/20 Emergency Medical Service, Nurse, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Physician, State or Local Health Program Allows licensed health care providers, including those licensed in another state, who establish a provider-patient relationship to provide telehealth services. Requires such providers to register with the appropriate state agency. Requires insurers to cover telehealth services and set reimbursement rates for such services to the same amount for services provided in-person. Allows the Board of Medical Licensure, Board of Emergency Medical Services, and the Board of Nursing to waive or amend standards for specific purposes. Establishes that emergency care providers have a defense for civil liability in certain instances during the state of emergency. Prohibits medical procedures and surgeries that are non-emergent. This legislation is in response to the new coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Effective March 30, 2020.
New Jersey Health Information and Technology, Insurance, Medicaid 04/14/20 Health Insurance Provider, Managed Care Organization, State or Local Health Program Requires health insurance and Medicaid coverage of testing for the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and of telemedicine or telehealth services during the public health emergency. Requires the same coverage as other services provided under a health benefit plan, except without cost sharing. Effective date March 20, 2020.
Minnesota Agency Administration, General Health Care, Health Care Workforce, Health Information and Technology, Insurance, Managed Care 04/17/20 State or Local Health Program Permits some appearances by remote communication to comply with the open public meeting law during the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health crisis. Provides that medical assistance is available to cover testing for Covid-19 for some uninsured individuals. Authorizes the Commissioner of Health to exercise emergency powers during the Covid-19 outbreak, including to issue waivers of moratoriums on hospital construction and nursing home beds, revise or waive fees related to X-ray machines, establish temporary alternative health care facilities, and grant of temporary variances. Requires the Commissioner of Health to submit certain reports to the legislature. Supports the use temporary of telehealth during the Covid-19 emergency. Addresses the management of substance use disorder treatment, substance use disorder provider standards and payment rates, and other purposes. Effective April 16, 2020.
Wisconsin Credentialing, Health Practitioner Licensing, Insurance, Medical Devices, Nurses, Pharmaceuticals, Physicians 04/17/20 Health Insurance Provider, Managed Care Organization, Nurse, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Physician Provides immunity from civil liability for health care providers for certain actions or omissions committed while providing services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency. Provides immunity from civil liability for manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of emergency medical supplies who donate or sell their product at a price not to exceed the cost of production. Allows former health care providers and providers from other states to practice temporarily without obtaining a Wisconsin credential. Prohibits defined network or preferred provider plans from requiring enrollees to pay more, including cost sharing, for out-of-network Covid-19 diagnosis or treatment services than for in-network services. Requires coverage of Covid-19 testing, prohibits health insurance coverage discrimination based on Covid-19, and prohibits coverage limits on prescription drugs, among other provisions. Effective date April 17, 2020.
New Jersey Health Information and Technology, Insurance, Medicaid 09/09/20 Health Insurance Provider, Managed Care Organization, State or Local Health Program Extends the requirement that health insurance and Medicaid cover testing for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and telehealth services during the public health emergency, and that the coverage is the same as other services provided under a health benefit plan, except without cost sharing. Requires that any Medicaid state plan amendments or waivers be approved before implementation. Effective July 1, 2020.
New York Health Practitioner Licensing, Public Health 06/26/20 Pharmacists Allows licensed pharmacists to administer vaccinations for coronavirus (Covid-19) that have been approved by the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. Effective 90 days after FDA approval of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Virginia Pharmaceuticals, Public Health 03/03/21 Emergency Medical Service, Hospital, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Pharmacists, Pharmacy, State or Local Health Program Requires the Department of Health to establish a program for eligible health care providers to volunteer to administer coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines. Requires the department to establish procedures for medical care facilities, hospitals, pharmacies, corporations, and other professional or community entities to volunteer their facilities as vaccination sites. Allows public or private colleges and universities to volunteer to assist the Department of Health and local health departments with Covid-19 vaccine-related data collection and program development. Permits fire departments, emergency medical services departments, and volunteer rescue squads to establish vaccine clinics. Provides civil and criminal immunity to participating individuals and professional entities. Effective Feb. 15, 2021.
Massachusetts Public Health 06/11/20 State or Local Health Program Requires the Department of Public Health to collect and publish daily online reports on coronavirus (Covid-19) data, including the number of people tested, positive cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, as well as demographic information such as gender, race, ethnicity, and primary language. Requires the daily reports to include data from elder care facilities, local boards of health, and correctional facilities. Requires the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to identify actions being taken to respond to disparities identified through the data collection and establishes a task force study and make recommendations for addressing health disparities in underserved or underrepresented populations. Effective June 7, 2020.
Massachusetts Health Information and Technology, Insurance, Managed Care, Medicaid, Medical Billing, Mental Health Care, Nurses, Physicians, Public Health 02/17/21 Health Insurance Provider, Hospital, Managed Care Organization, Medicaid Managed Care Plan, Mental Health Provider, Nurse, Physician, Provider Network, State or Local Health Program Requires insurance coverage of telehealth services and payment for behavioral health services delivered via telehealth at the same level as in-person services. Requires telehealth rate parity for primary care and chronic disease management services for two years, and requires telehealth rate parity for all services for 90 days after the end of the coronavirus (Covid-19) emergency. Expands the scope of practice of nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, psychiatric nurse mental health specialists, and optometrists; requires providers to notify patients of the provider's network status before a non-emergency procedure to avoid surprise billing; and removes certain care coordination requirements for urgent care services for MassHealth members. Extends insurance coverage requirements for Covid-19 testing and treatment, among other provisions. Effective Jan. 1, 2021.
California Pharmaceuticals, Public Health 10/06/20 Pharmacists Amends the authority of a pharmacist to administer vaccines to include the administration of any coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines approved or authorized by the federal Food and Drug Administration. Effective Jan. 1, 2021.
Minnesota Clinical Labs, Emergency Care, Health Care Workforce, Health Information and Technology, Home Care, Insurance, Long-Term Care, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health 03/23/20 Clinical Lab, Emergency Medical Service, Health Insurance Provider, Home Care Provider, Hospital, Nursing Home, Pharmacy, State or Local Health Program Establishes a $50 million public health contingency account to fund the planning, preparation and response to the coronavirus outbreak. Establishes a $150 million health care response fund to distribute grants to eligible providers responding to the Covid-19 outbreak. Specifies allowable uses of grant funding, conditions on the acceptance of grant funding, and remedies for the unauthorized use of grant funding. Requires the Legislative Advisory Commission to review proposed fund expenditures that exceed $1 million. Requires health insurance carriers to provide full coverage for health care services delivered via telemedicine. Effective date March 18, 2020.
New York Emergency Care, Medical Malpractice 09/14/20 Emergency Medical Service, Hospital, Managed Care Organization, Nurse, Nursing Home, Physician Amends provisions related to immunity from civil or criminal liability provided to health care providers for any injury or harm resulting from an act or omission in the course of providing health care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency in accordance with applicable law. Effective Aug. 3, 2020.
Clinical Labs, Nurses, Public Health 04/14/20 Clinical Lab, Hospital, Nurse, Nursing Home Allows licensed health care facilities and laboratories to collect specimens to test for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) during the public health emergency. Allows the health commissioner to waive staffing ratio requirements for health care facilities. Effective date March 20, 2020.
New York Health data privacy, Public Health 01/12/21 State or Local Health Program Requires that identifiable information collected during contact tracing for investigating and identifying coronavirus (Covid-19) cases be kept confidential unless disclosure is authorized by the Department of Health or confidentiality is waived in writing by the individual. Prohibits law enforcement from using identifiable information collected through contact tracing. Effective Dec. 23, 2020.
New Jersey Mental Health Care, Public Health 03/08/21 Mental Health Provider Requires that any contract entered into or renewed by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Children and Families with a private contractor for the provision of mental health, behavioral health, or addiction services to contain a commitment that the services will not be disrupted by labor disputes. Requires such contracts to contain a commitment to contain and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease and allows for additional protections concerning Covid-19. Effective July 1, 2021.
North Carolina Medicaid, Public Health 07/09/20 State or Local Health Program Transfers funds related to coronavirus (Covid-19) emergency relief and for testing, contact tracing, and analysis. Provides for the allocation or reallocation of Medicaid funds. Requires county departments of social services to resume Medicaid eligibility determinations, request post-eligibility verification, and make good-faith efforts toward annual renewals of Medicaid eligibility and verifications. Delays implementation of Medicaid Transformation until July 2021 and transfers applicable funds. Creates a Medicaid Contingency Reserve fund and a Hospital Uncompensated Care fund. Revises and updates hospital assessments. Effective July 2, 2020.
Utah Emergency Care, Occupational Safety and Health 07/02/20 Emergency Medical Service Modifies existing requirements that allow emergency services workers or first aid volunteers who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to request that the individual to whom the emergency services worker or first aid volunteer is exposed submit to medical testing, to authorize a court to order an individual to submit to testing for the coronavirus (Covid-19) under certain circumstances. Effective June 29, 2020.
Vermont Agency Administration, General Health Care, Health Care Workforce, Health Information and Technology, Health Practitioner Licensing, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Billing, Nurses, Physicians, Public Health 04/14/20 Health Insurance Provider, Home Care Provider, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Pharmacists, Physician, State or Local Health Program Allows state agencies to modify and suspend requirements for licensed health care facilities and practitioners. Promotes the expansion of access to health care services and health insurance. Requires health insurers to reimburse telehealth services at the same rate as in-person services. Waives certain telehealth requirements. Revises standards for the provision of pharmaceuticals, including deductible requirements. Revises employer reporting requirements. This legislation is in response to the new coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Effective March 31, 2020.
District of Columbia Health data privacy, Long-Term Care, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health 09/25/20 Hospital, Nursing Home, Pharmacists Provides that a pharmacist may refill a prescription prior to the expiration of the waiting period between refills. Extends definitions of “debilitation,” “incapacity,” and “triggering event” to include such conditions resulting from a coronavirus (Covid-19) infection. Requires that a guardian of an incapacitated individual notify a relative if the individual dies or is transferred to medical care during a public health emergency. Provides that the mayor may revoke, suspend, or limit the license, permit, or certificate of occupancy of a person or entity that violates an emergency executive order. Requires residential health care facilities to report to the Department of Health each day the facility falls below its required minimum staffing levels due to a public health emergency. Limits the ability of a long-term care facility to involuntarily discharge a resident during a public health emergency. Requires each long-term care facility located in the District to report daily to the Department of Health both the number of Covid-19 positive cases and the number of deaths. Provides for grants to eligible hospitals. Effective Aug. 19, 2020.
New Jersey Health Practitioner Licensing, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Physicians, Public Health 04/27/20 Ambulatory Surgical Center, Hospital, Nurse, Nursing Home, Other Nonphysician Practitioner, Physician Provides health care professionals and health care facilities immunity from civil and criminal liability for certain claims alleging injury or death from medical treatment provided during the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health emergency. Provides for temporary recertification of paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Effective date April 14, 2020, retroactive to March 9, 2020.
Missouri Credentialing, Emergency Care, Health Practitioner Licensing, Long-Term Care, Medical Facility Licensing, Patient rights, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health, Quality of Care 07/31/20 Emergency Medical Service, Health Insurance Provider, Nursing Home, Pharmacists, Pharmacy, Pharmacy Benefits Manager Provides that, subject to appropriation, if a health care provider recommends a test for the coronavirus (Covid-19), it will be provided at no cost to the patient. Allows the sale of ephedrine and psuedoephedrine without a prescription, addresses medical marijuana prescriptions via telehealth, requires fingerprinting of medical marijuana staff, and creates the Opioid Addiction Treatment and Recovery Fund. Allows an intern pharmacist working at a remote dispensing site to be remotely supervised by a pharmacist, allows a non-dispensing practitioner to accept the unused controlled substances, and requires all pharmacy benefits managers to be licensed by the state. Addresses health care practitioner credentialing, nursing home administration licensing, physician assistants serving as staff on ambulances, and other provisions. Effective July 13, 2020.
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