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  • PA Health Care Practices and Facilities Should Modify Their COVID-19 Policies for New Travel Quarantine On July 1, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Gov. Wolf issued a 14-day quarantine recommendation for any individual returning to PA from any of 19 states.  The Department expects to adjust the list from time to time to reflect the rise or decrease in COVID-19 cases in states around the country. Health care practices and facilities should consider ... Continue Reading ... More
  • PA Dental Practices Permitted to Re-Open for Routine Cleanings On June 3, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) issued revised Guidance permitting dental practices to re-open for non-urgent and non-emergent care, including, but not limited to, routine cleanings.  Dentists around the State have been awaiting this green light from the DOH, as it has been difficult for practices to re-open without being able to perform routine cleanings. The ... Continue Reading ... More
  • OSHA Revises its Guidance for Recording Work-Related COVID-19 Cases The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) generally requires employers to report and record workplace injuries. OSHA has published revised guidance regarding its recordkeeping requirements for employers. Beginning May 26, 2020 and until further notice, OSHA is requiring most employers with more than 10 employees to record work-related employee COVID-19 illnesses. While this applies to many ... Continue Reading ... More
  • PA ASC Guidance Requires CLIA Certification for COVID-19 Testing On May 23, 2020, the PA Department of Health (DOH) revised its guidance for ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs) to require ASFs that intend to provide COVID-19 testing to patients and staff to hold the appropriate CLIA certification and state laboratory permit to perform such testing. For specific information on what CLIA certification is required, please see the DOH’s guidance on ... Continue Reading ... More
  • PA Medical and Dental Practices Permitted to Resume Elective Care with Limitations ***UPDATE:  The PA DOH is now permitting dental practices to re-open for non-urgent or elective care.  Please see our post summarizing the guidance here:  PA Dental Practices Permitted to Re-Open for Routine Cleanings In Guidance issued May 8, 2020 and May 9, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has now permitted medical and dental practices across the Commonwealth to ... Continue Reading ... More
  • PA Continues Fight Against Opioid Addiction with Opioid Treatment Agreements In the continued fight against opioid addiction, Pennsylvania enacted a new law, effective November 27, 2019, that requires prescribers in Pennsylvania to implement additional steps prior to treating a patient’s chronic pain with a controlled substance containing an opioid, including the implementation of an Opioid Treatment Agreement.  The new law can be accessed here: Act 112 of 2019.... Continue Reading ... More
  • PA DOH Issues Revised Guidance on Elective Procedures in Ambulatory Surgery Facilities The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued revised Guidance effective April 27, 2020, permitting ambulatory surgery facilities (ASFs) to resume the performance of elective procedures, if the ASF makes an affirmative decision that it is able to do so without jeopardizing the safety of patients and staff or the ASF’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.   In determining whether ... Continue Reading ... More
  • PA Gov. Orders All Health Care Providers to Report Inventory of PPE and Certain Drugs In a severe act, Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf has ordered all health care providers, facilities, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to report their inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE), certain pharmaceutical drugs and other medical resources to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) by Monday, April 16, 2020.  The purpose of the reporting is to facilitate the Commonwealth’s purchase of such ... Continue Reading ... More
  • PA Department of Health Revised Order Permits Dental Practices to Open For Urgent Procedures ****The DOH has now revised its Order to permit dental practices to resume non-urgent and elective care with limitations.  See our recent post here. On March 26, 2020, the DOH revised its Order on dental emergency procedures in Pennsylvania to make it consistent with the CDC’s recommendations for such procedures.  Link to revised Order can be found here:  PA ... Continue Reading ... More
  • COVID-19/Coronavirus Patient Notice and Acknowledgement Forms The CDC has issued and updated specific guidance on the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic for health care professionals on its website (accessible here: CDC Coronavirus – Health Care Professionals) and has advised health care facilities and clinicians (including physicians and dentists) to “prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks.” (See:  CDC Guidance for Health ... Continue Reading ... More