Litigation Vaccine for Healthcare Providers Against COVID-19 Lawsuits

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 more than a year ago, healthcare workers faced unprecedented challenges, lack of supplies, long-hours, and a lack of understanding of its symptoms and treatment, inter alia. Given the gravity and unparalleled nature of the virus, Florida legislators have introduced their first legislative initiative aimed at providing protection to healthcare providers. Governor DeSantis signed Senate Bill No. 72, also known as Liability protections for COVID-19 related claims and COVID-19 related claims against healthcare providers, into law on March 29, 2021. This article highlights the bill’s protections and compares the COVID-19 law to the medical malpractice standard...

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OIG Opinion: Drug Maker Can Provide Free Medication

On March 23, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General issued a favorable ruling to a drug manufacturer looking to provide a free medication to patients in need of a one-time treatment made from their own cells. The drug maker (Requestor) makes the FDA-approved drug for two indications that is meant as a potentially curative treatment. The drug can only be administered at a healthcare facility certified by the drug manufacturer to meet specific safety requirements. The drug also must be prescribed only by a physician trained to meet the requirements of the drug’s safety protocols. The drug manufacturer provides the medication at no cost to patients who...

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Shane Strum Begins Tenure as President/CEO of Broward Health

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- Shane Strum has assumed the role of President and CEO of Broward Health, one of the 10 largest public health systems in the U.S. The North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners named Strum the permanent President/­­­CEO of Broward Health on February 8, 2021. "I'm excited to join an organization that has a true passion for caring," said Strum. "Broward Health has consistently demonstrated healthcare excellence thanks to the outstanding efforts of our dedicated caregivers and employees. At no time has that quality of care been more spotlighted than throughout the pandemic this past year. It is my honor to now join this team and lead our system as we...

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CMS Releases “Telehealth for Providers: What You Need to Know”

Despite all the information about telehealth (TH) published and available since the Spring of 2020, misconceptions and misunderstandings still exist and can be costly in lost revenue and billing error recoupments. CMS has published a very comprehensive guide to TH for providers – with tons of external links for more info – and below are some handy tips and ideas. Appropriateness for TH varies and it can be less useful for certain types of complaints, such as abdominal, eye, GYN and dental. In addition, any situation in which a physical exam would change your recommendations is not ideal for a TH encounter. Your patient portal may already have some TH functionality built in; check it out....

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