Legal questions and issues related to COVID-19 are raised repeatedly in a variety of settings these days and will likely to continue to surface for a number of years. It is currently difficult to predict how many of these issues will be resolved. Below, however, are some ways that providers can weather legal storms they may face in the future.
First, while many rules have been relaxed at least temporarily, it seems clear that there is going to be a day of reckoning at some point in the future. Perhaps the clearest indication is the fact that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed to sanction the Life Care facility in Kirkland, Washington, that experienced an early outbreak of COVID. Specifically, CMS proposes to fine the facility $611,000 and to decertify it from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs and all other state and federal healthcare programs.
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