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June 17, 2020

Welcome to the Verisys Weekly Newsletter highlighting the COVID-19 regulatory updates between June 10 - 16, 2020.  

Verisys' Compliance Team gathers information from a variety of state and federal sources and updates our COVID-19 Resource Page daily with those updates. We have compiled the most recent updates from the past week in this email to assist your organization in serving patients during the pandemic and maintaining compliance as you bring additional providers on board to serve on the frontlines.

FEDERAL  
 
US Food and Drug: 06/15/2020 - FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization for Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine.  
Source: News Release  
 
1135 waivers: Several states submitted an additional 1135 waiver request to CMS. The approved waivers have been published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Unless otherwise stated, all waivers are retroactively effective March 1, 2020.  
 
Utah (approved 6/12/2020)  
- Applicants and beneficiaries may have more than 90 days to request a fair hearing for eligibility for fee-for-service appeals.  
- CMS is waiving public notice requirements applicable to the state plan amendment submission process.  
- Temporarily waive written consent required under home and community based service programs and permit documented verbal consent as an alternate.  
- Temporarily allow services to be provided in settings that have not been determined to meet the home and community-based settings criteria.  
- A face-to-face encounter does not need to be completed before the start of Home Health services can occur.  
- The state may temporarily authorize reimbursement for home and community based services provided by an entity that also provides case management services and/or is responsible for the development of the person-centered service plan (conflict of interest requirements).  
New Jersey (approved 6/12/2020)  
- Modification of the deadline for initial and annual level of care determinations.  
- Temporarily allow payment for personal care services rendered by legally responsible individuals provided that the state makes a reasonable assessment that the caregiver is capable of rendering such services.  
- Temporarily allow services to be provided in settings that have not been determined to meet the home and community-based settings criteria.  
- Temporarily waive written consent required under home and community based service programs and permit documented verbal consent as an alternate.  
 
New York (approved 6/15/2020)  
- A face-to-face encounter does not need to be completed before the start of Home Health services can occur.  
 
South Carolina (approved 6/15/2020)  
- Temporarily allow services to be provided in settings that have not been determined to meet the home and community-based settings criteria.  
 

STATE BOARD REGULATIONS
 
Board of Pharmacy  
 
Illinois  
6/04/2020: Licensed pharmacists may screen patients, order, administer, read, and report findings of federally approved COVID-19 tests. Providers must be trained to administer such tests and work within a CLIA-certified lab, a lab with a CLIA certificate waiver, a licensed long-term care facility, state regulated hospital, federally qualified health center, or under the direction of IEMA or DPH.  
Source: Pharmacist expanded scope of practice  
 
North Carolina  
6/16/2020: Recent pharmacy school graduates may retain their intern status until the end of the year while completing the licensure process. Source: Pharmacy Intern Waiver  
05/19/2020: Authorizing Covid-19 Testing By Licensed Pharmacists Source: Executive Order 20-05-19-01  
 
Oklahoma  
06/12/2020: All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board, or commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended until 07/26/2020.  
Source: Executive Order 2020-20  
 
Pennsylvania  
06/09/2020: Pharmacist license renewal deadlines falling between September 1, 2020, through and including October 1, 2020, be extended for ninety (90) days            
Source: PA Department of State  
 
Board of Medicine  
 
Oklahoma  
6/12/2020: All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board, or commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended until 07/26/2020.  
Source: Executive Order 2020-20  
 
Vermont  
06/15/2020: Relevant rules governing medical services shall be suspended to the extent necessary to permit such personnel to provide paramedicine, transportation to destinations including hospitals and places other than hospitals or health care facilities, telemedicine to facilitate treatment of patients in place, and such other services as may be approved by the Commissioner of VDH.  
Source: Executive Order 1-20  
 
Board of Nursing  
 
Oklahoma  
6/12/2020: All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board, or commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended until 07/26/2020.  
Source: Executive Order 2020-20  
 
Vermont  
6/12/2020: Relevant rules governing nursing services shall be suspended to the extent necessary to permit such personnel to provide medical care, including but not limited to administration of medicine, prescribing of medication, telemedicine to facilitate treatment of patients in place, and such other services as may be approved by the Secretary of State in consultation with the Commissioner of VDH.  
Source: Executive Order 1-20  
 
 
Disclaimer:  
This information has been gathered from a variety of sources. Although Verisys has made every effort to provide complete, accurate and up-to-date information, Verisys makes no warranties, express or implied, or representations as to the accuracy or reliability of this information. The information is fluid and evolving. Verisys assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained in this resource.  
 
The information contained in this newsletter comprises all the information that we have found during those dates. It may not constitute a complete list of every regulation instituted by every board during the last week.

Stay well,  
The Verisys Team  
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