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Resources by Topic: Legislation and regulations

CMS Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities
Lists Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) waivers and flexibilities available to healthcare providers to ensure healthcare access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes blanket waivers and fact sheets for specific types of providers, as well as approved states' other coronavirus 1135 waivers.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns
Resources and tools to help address healthcare workforce challenges related to the COVID-19 emergency. Addresses training, licensure, scope of practice, liability protection, workforce protection, and more.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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National Governors Association: COVID-19: What You Need To Know
An overview of federal and state actions to address COVID-19, as well policy and guidance resources. Includes state-level information on vaccination.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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State COVID-19 Data and Policy Actions
State-by-state information on COVID-19 cases, vaccinations, and state policy actions, including social distancing measures and reducing barriers to COVID-19 testing and treatment.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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CMS: Current Emergencies: Coronavirus Disease 2019
Guidance from CMS for healthcare facilities and labs related to COVID-19. Includes clinical and technical guidance for specific types of facilities, information on billing and coding, coverage for services related to COVID-19, and other topics.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Essential Protections During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19 related to wages, hours worked, sick leave, and worker safety.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Labor
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HHS-OIG's Oversight of COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Information on the HHS response, as well as telehealth cost-sharing information and OIG monitoring of potential fraud related to COVID-19.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information and guidance from the FDA related to COVID-19. Provides information on vaccines, diagnostics, personal protective equipment, and treatments, including information targeted to healthcare professionals.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Food and Drug Administration
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SAMHSA: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance and resources to help providers respond to COVID-19 while providing care and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. Includes guidance specific to opioid treatment programs.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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The EMS Compact
Information on the agreement enabling emergency medical service (EMS) personnel licensed in Compact member states to cross state borders to practice and work in other Compact states without getting an EMS license in the remote state. Describes ways in which this agreement may enhance communities' responses to COVID-19 when local resources are reduced. Includes a map showing locations of EMS Compact states and contact information for each member state's Compact Commissioner.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice
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