The Department of Labor announced Wednesday new action
regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family leave established by the FFCRA. The Department’s Wage and Hour Division posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective April 1.
CMS is rolling back regulations as quickly as they can to allow providers greater flexibility amidst the pandemic. In addition to CMS’s recent action on telemedicine, doctors will be allowed to collect Medicare payments for making phone calls to patients. CMS is also making it easier for health systems to hire providers across state lines, and allowing physician assistants and nurse practitioners to take on duties such as ordering tests and medications.
FDA fast-tracked a coronavirus test that can deliver results in as little as five minutes and can be given in a doctor's office. Abbott, which makes the test, announced it will ship it to areas of the country with the greatest need starting next week. It is not clear how many tests will be available initially but the company expects to eventually manufacture 50,000 per day. The test can deliver a positive result in five minutes and a negative result in 13. FDA also released new guidance
on gowns and other apparel for medical workers during the pandemic as well as guidance
for the temporary manufacturing of alcohol for incorporation into alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the pandemic.
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of the NAHU website on a regular basis. We update it daily with any new resources or guidance released by the federal government.