(June 5 – 11, 2020)

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New Flexibilities in Paycheck Protection Program Requirements

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibilities Act of 2020 relaxes requirements for small business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program.  Among other things, this law extends the time period during which a loan recipient may use funds, reduces the percentage of funds that must be used for payroll costs in order to qualify for forgiveness, and establishes a minimum maturity period of five years for loans with a remaining balance.  For more information, click here.

CMS Publishes Recommendations to Safely Resume Non-Emergent, In-person Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a guide for health care facilities and providers who are resuming non-emergent, in-person health care.  Among other things, these recommendations address testing and sanitation protocols, workforce availability, facility considerations, and personal protective equipment and supplies.  In addition, CMS issued separate recommendations for patients to help guide them as they consider seeking in-person treatment.  To review these recommendations, click here or here.

OIG Updates Work Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has updated its public-facing Work Plan.  The OIG Work Plan summarizes new, ongoing, and revised areas of review that the OIG plans to pursue. This latest update includes identifying opioid treatment program challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, an audit of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund payments made to hospitals and other providers, and an audit of nursing homes’ reporting of CMS-required information related to COVID-19.