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Resources by Topic: Legislation and regulations

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: 05/2021
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: 05/2021
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: 05/2021
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: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2): Private Health Insurance, Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare Provisions
Provides an overview of the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that relate to private health insurance, Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare. Includes information on provisions specific to rural providers.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Spring 2021
Bi-annual summary report on telehealth policies as of February 2021. Covers Medicaid reimbursement, private payer laws, and professional regulation.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Infographic, Summary Chart
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Critical Access Hospital Response to COVID-19
Webinar recording summarizing results of a survey of Critical Access Hospital (CAH) executives in eight states regarding the hospitals' ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic from February-August 2020. Covers survey findings related to CAH finance, federal waivers and regulatory flexibilities, capacity for treatment, workforce, and partnerships. Discusses opportunities for future research on COVID-19 response and preparedness for future disasters and public health emergencies.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Author(s): Madeleine Pick, Megan Lahr, Ira Moscovice
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act & Related Legislation and Administrative Action Impacting Rural Health
Provides an overview of legislation passed by Congress regarding COVID-19. Identifies provisions relevant to rural healthcare providers, including the Paycheck Protection Program, funding for public health and rural workforce programs, telehealth flexibilities, and more.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
Provides an overview of waived Medicare regulations in response to COVID-19. Lists waivers that impact all types of providers, including Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, and others. Includes information on changes to telemedicine and quality improvement programs.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Works to improve the health of Vermont communities by supporting the state's nonprofit hospitals. Features information and resources on COVID-19 for Vermont's healthcare providers and highlights legislative updates related to COVID-19 issues.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
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