(From a Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Release of March 24, 2020) Today, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (the “Act”). The House and Senate passed the Act on April 21 and April 23, respectively. The Act allocates an additional $484 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and to provide funds for hospitals and coronavirus testing.
Friday, April 17, 2020, Tallahassee – The national economic forecast looks grim, at least for the immediate future, according to a letter Fla. Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) shared with fellow Senators yesterday. However, Galvano’s economic forecast didn’t specifically detail the effects to Florida’s own state budget, approved last month by the Legislature but still pending presentation to the Governor for his action.
Infinedi has announced the launch of a new analytic web portal, designed to send a message of HOPE to their clients and partner groups like the FCA. Infinedi and its sister company, QVH Systems, are leaders in health care analytics. Their team has developed a unique portal to let their partners and clients know that there is HOPE in the midst of this pandemic. Click on the map image below to access the portal and view the counts of unique patient visits across all provider types, as well as the national gain and loss of those visits over the last few weeks.
See this HHS document for Relief Fund Payment Terms and Conditions.
The applicable and questionable terms are this, along with the highlighted sections to suggest that DCs CAN seek CARES fund relief:
HHS appears to be defining these terms very broadly to keep these offices going. See this pertinent bullet point below from https://www.hhs.gov/provider-relief/index.html.
While healthcare workers, like you, are working to keep patients out of hospitals, you might wonder about the liability to the office for staying open. As an essential worker, you may stay open. If you are OPEN, be sure to follow the OSHA and CDC guidance and document the steps you are taking to maintain a healthy and clean work environment:
From the April 8 ACA Connects: The Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 6365) and Senate (S. 3559) to address the ongoing crisis facing the U.S. healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. As hospitals, clinics and providers across the country face increasing strain, this legislation would extend a financial lifeline with grant and low-interest loan opportunities to rural hospitals and providers, including chiropractors, and ensure that they are able to continue providing care to the millions of Americans who depend on them. Take Action...
In case you missed our April 1, 2020, Bulletin and article by labor and employment lawyer and FCA speaker Dena Sokolow regarding the posting requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, we send this reminder for your compliance with the FFCRA posting requirements. Read on for access to an important sample notice.
COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER FOR CHIROPRACTORS
Our Community Is Responding
The COVID-19 material produced on a daily basis is overwhelming. Much of the information is not applicable to your lives or offices and it comes on all topics, from all sources. The FCA has combined the resources from our strategic partners, law firms, and government websites, to bring you over 80 Resources, broken down by topic, to help you better navigate through these rough waters.
The FCA has been here since 1931 to serve you and we continue to serve during these unprecedented times. We encourage you to stay attuned to your email inbox and visit fcachiro.org and other websites you trust to stay informed. The FCA team will remain at work and accessible to members throughout this challenge. It is a privilege to support you as you in turn help hundreds of thousands of Floridians to move through their challenges in the healthiest possible way.
Enjoy and please make use of the NEW FCA COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER!