Health Care Providers Should Take Note of Recent Repeals and Extensions of COVID-Related Executive Orders | Pullman & Comley – Connecticut Health Law
Governor Lamont’s youngest Renewal of its statement on public health emergencies and civil preparedness until July 20, 2021 followed by Implementation Ordinance 12B cancels parts of previously issued Executive Orders and changes and / or extends parts of other Executive Orders. Below is a summary of the top healthcare-related executive orders affected by EO 12B.
- THIS 7F, Section 3, where Medicaid’s telemedicine coverage has been expanded to include audio-only telephone.
- EO 7G, Sections 5 and 6, which provide flexibility to Medicaid-registered and in-network commercial health insurance providers to conduct telemedicine through additional methods (including audio-only telephone) and to temporarily suspend personal investigation visits related to reports of abuse , Neglect, exploitation or abandonment of the elderly, or the need for protective services and, if possible and appropriate, authorized DSS to use alternative means to conduct such personal visits.
- THIS 7O, Section 1, which empowered the Public Health Officer to waive licensing, renewal, and inspection requirements deemed necessary to ensure the provision of adequate health care during the public health emergency and to mitigate its effects.
- THE 7DD, Sections 1, 2, 6 and 7 which, among other things, have added new doctors to the definition of “telemedicine”; Providing flexibility for Medicaid providers and on-network providers for commercial fully insured plans to conduct telemedicine through additional methods; and temporarily suspended certain supervisory duties for medical assistants and nurses in advanced practice.
- EO 7 ff, which gave Medicaid-registered providers the flexibility to deliver telemedicine to new or established patients who are Medicaid recipients through an audio-only phone.
- THIS 10C, which extended certain previously adopted implementing regulations on extended access to telehealth services, including those mentioned above.
The following executive orders related to healthcare will be extended until June 30, 2021:
- THIS 7l, Sections 2 and 3 suspending co-payments (up to $ 17 / month) for full benefit, Medicare Part D dual-eligibility beneficiaries, and for HUSKY B customers.
- EO 7, Section 3, which allows for take-away doses of methadone to be dispensed for the treatment of drug addicted patients who are unable to travel to the treatment facility due to COVID-19 or similar concerns.
- THIS 7L, Section 4, which amends certain laws and regulations to increase the flexibility to maintain reasonable access to medical marijuana for patients, including laws and regulations relating to medical marijuana patient certification, the expiration of medical marijuana patient certification expiration Marijuana or registrations and staffing requirements in pharmacy facilities.
- THIS 7V, Sections 3-5, which allow practice to be carried out prior to approval by certain healthcare providers (physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, radiographers, nurses, nurses, clinical nurses, anesthesiologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors) determined during the duration of the health emergency Have met educational requirements.
- THE 7DD, Sections 4 and 5, for attending training programs for interns, resident physicians, resident physicians, and U.S. medical officials prior to being granted residency in certain circumstances.
The following executive orders related to healthcare will be extended until July 20, 2021:
- THIS 7F, Section 4, relating to the waiver of personal service, meeting, hearing, and screening requirements for entities that have issued orders restricting visitor access to protect public health. Section 4 also allows meetings, hearings and demonstrations to take place in other ways that allow the participation of interested parties.
- THE 7II, Section 2, which authorizes the DSS Officer to temporarily abandon, amend, or suspend DSS Home Health regulatory requirements in order to improve Medicaid members’ access to home health services.
- THIS 7KK, Section 1, which enables pharmacists to order and perform FDA-cleared tests for COVID-19.
- THE 9Q, Sections 1 and 3. Section 1 authorizes licensed pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to adults and children over 10 years of age and the flu vaccine to persons over 10 years of age, provided that the administration of one of these vaccines is carried out on behalf of a licensed healthcare provider. Section 3 relates to the reimbursement amount for off-grid COVID-19 vaccinations.
- THIS 9S, Section 2, which provides for the continued temporary suspension of the approval, certification, or registration requirements for a number of categories of providers to enable individuals who are appropriately approved, certified, or registered in another state, territory, or district of Columbia , Temporary Assistance in Connecticut.