John W. Kaveney, a partner in the firm’s Healthcare and Litigation Departments, will present the program “The Conclusion of the Public Health Emergencies: What This Means for Healthcare Providers and the Accommodations Put in Place by the Federal and State Governments” at the New Jersey & Metro Philadelphia HFMA 47th Anniversary Annual Institute. The educational session is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 3:10pm – 4:00pm at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, the location of this year’s Institute. Greenbaum partner and Healthcare Chair James A. Robertson will introduce the program.

Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergencies, the federal government and state governments across the country invoked emergency waivers and various other emergency regulatory authorities to remove practice and treatment barriers and enable practical flexibilities so healthcare providers could rapidly respond to people who were impacted by COVID-19, while also ensuring that the public could continue to access necessary healthcare in a safe and effective manner. Action was also taken to ease the financial pressures on hospitals and other healthcare providers impacted by the influx of COVID-19 patients and the temporary disruption and/or temporary cessation of other healthcare services.

Mr. Kaveney’s presentation will focus on the future of the following accommodations made during the COVID-19 public health emergency and related compliance issues: expanded telehealth services; relaxation of provider licensure requirements; elimination of tort immunity; insurance coverage for COVID-19 treatment, testing, and prevention; enhanced financial support by the federal government; and other accommodations.  

Now that the public health emergencies are coming to an end, some of these temporary accommodations are being extended while others are being terminated. Providers must be prepared to make the appropriate adjustments as we shift to a post-public health emergency world.

Additional information about this year’s Institute, including registration, is available online.