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CARES Act relief for physicians: understanding the deadlines and conditions of the Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund

Starting on April 10, medical providers that serve Medicare patients started receiving deposits in their accounts from Optum Bank labeled “HHSPAYMENT.” While much recent focus has been on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $30 billion in relief for physicians, hospitals and medical practices was quietly distributed. But what are these funds for, and what conditions are attached to them?
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Guidance for death care businesses in the “yellow” phase of reopening Pennsylvania

On May 8, 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of Pennsylvania will move from the “red” to the “yellow” phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening process including Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango and Warren.
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You Got your PPP Loan, Now What? Attorney Erik Hume partners with Front Street Financial for webinar with guidance for businesses

Saxton & Stump attorney Erik Hume recently partnered with Front Street Financial to host an informational webinar about Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, providing practical guidance for obtaining these loans and maximizing loan forgiveness. The presentation focused on key information for businesses who have already obtained their PPP loan and those hoping to obtain funds in the next phase of funding.
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Attorneys Sarah Ivy and Stephen Fleury give presentation on COVID-19 guidance for employers

Saxton & Stump attorneys Sarah K. Ivy and Stephen J. Fleury, Jr. recently presented on COVID-19 guidance and practical ways for providers to protect their employees and business. The webinar event was hosted by Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR).
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COVID-19 telehealth and cybersecurity: attorney and consultant Jeffrey Miller featured in Warehaus Speaker Series

Jeffrey Miller recently sat down for a conversation for the Warehaus Speaker Series. During the Q&A podcast on April 17, titled COVID-19, Telehealth & Cybersecurity, Jeff provided answers on how the pandemic is currently impacting the delivery of healthcare services, with a focus on cybersecurity in the health care industry, and insights on taking preventative measures and improving processes for the future.
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Department of Health issues FAQs about employee and customer safety order for funeral homes and cemeteries

The Pennsylvania Secretary of Health has issued answers to frequently asked questions about the April 15, 2020 order requiring employee and customer safety measures – including masks – at businesses continuing in-person operations. These FAQs provide important updates, including some specific to death care operations:
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EEOC issues additional guidance related to ADA and COVID-19

On April 17, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 guidance for employers seeking to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a pandemic situation. New questions and answers provided by the EEOC address certain return-to-work topics and clarify that EEO laws, including the ADA, continue to apply during the pandemic, but they do not prevent employers from following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health guidelines.
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Insurance policyholders file lawsuits seeking coverage for virus-related business interruption losses

Businesses across virtually every industry are facing devastating financial losses resulting from governmental closure orders and restrictions. As previously noted, many commercial property loss policies contain civil authority provisions, business interruption coverage and contingent business interruption provisions. Some businesses are insured under an “all risks” policy and there are numerous industry and individual business endorsements, some even specifically designed to cover “pandemic events.”
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OSHA issues temporary enforcement guidance related to COVID-19

This week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued temporary enforcement guidance to its Regional Administrators and State Plan Designees for responding to COVID-19 related complaints, referrals and illness reports. The issuance of this guidance presents a timely reminder to employers that COVID-19 can be a recordable illness under OSHA recordkeeping requirements mandating that covered employers report work-related injuries and illnesses on an OSHA 300 log.
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