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  • Amie K. Alexander

    Amie Alexander

    ONC Delays Compliance Deadlines to 2021 Under 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule

    November 4, 2020
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced that it will delay compliance deadlines for information blocking and other health information technology (health IT) provisions that were previously set to go into effect on November 2, 2020. The compliance deadlines were set by the 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule, which can be viewed here. Citing additional time necessary as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the new deadline for complying with the rule’s information blocking prohibition has been extended until August 5, 2021.
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  • Amie K. Alexander

    Amie Alexander

    21st Century Cures Act Brings Fast-Approaching Nov. 2 Deadline

    October 16, 2020
    While healthcare providers were reeling from the chaos surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) quietly released two final regulations related to interoperability and data exchange across the healthcare industry. These rules implement directives from the 21st Century Cures Act and President Trump’s Executive Order 13813, and both final rules bring change and new compliance concerns for healthcare providers.
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  • Isabel Thoma & Julio Olaya

    Firm Welcomes New Attorneys - Isabel Thoma and Julio Olaya

    September 9, 2020
    Friday, Eldredge & Clark is proud to announce the hiring of Isabel Thoma and Julio R. Olaya Jr. Isabel joins the firm’s Rogers office where she will practice in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. Her practice will include all aspects of business mergers and acquisitions, including structuring, due diligence, negotiation and documentation. Julio joins the firm’s Little Rock office where he will work primarily on issues related to medical malpractice and will assist clients with labor and employment issues.
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  • Coronavirus Alert

    Healthcare Providers May Not Be Able to Deny FFCRA Leave to All Employees, According to NY Court

    August 31, 2020
    Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down the Department of Labor’s (DOL) definition of “health care provider” as promulgated in the regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). See State of New York v. United States Department of Labor. In this case, the State of New York sued the DOL claiming that several provisions of the regulations implementing the FFCRA violated the Administrative Procedures Act.
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  • Caitlin D. Kennedy

    Caitlin Kennedy

    Governor Issues Executive Order on COVID-19 Related Healthcare Provider Immunity

    June 17, 2020
    Governor Asa Hutchinson issued three Executive Orders on Monday, June 15, 2020, in response to the public health crisis posed by COVID-19. Below is a summary of Executive Order 20-34. Pursuant to the Arkansas Emergency Services Act of 1973, the Executive Order authorizes all healthcare providers to provide healthcare services directed at the treatment and mitigation of symptoms of COVID-19 in response to the pandemic and during the declared emergency.
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  • Michael McCarty Harrison

    Michael McCarty Harrison

    Extent And Applicability Of Uninsured And Underinsured Motorist Coverage In Arkansas

    June 5, 2020
    Many Arkansas attorneys have an active bodily injury practice. Often, their clients’ claims arise as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Though Arkansas requires all vehicles operating on its public roadways to carry liability coverage of a minimum limit, not all vehicle owners do so, for a variety of reasons. Further, even if the tortfeasor has liability coverage, his or her liability policy limits may not be sufficient to satisfy all damages incurred by the injured party. Or, though the tortfeasor has a liability policy, there may be coverage exclusions applicable, such that the tortfeasor’s liability carrier denies coverage. In instances such as these, coverage may be available under the injured party’s own liability policy, assuming he or she carries uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.
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  • Coronavirus Alert

    CARES Act - What Does It Means to Healthcare Providers?

    March 27, 2020
    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) allocates $100 billion in emergency funding to healthcare providers for treating patients infected with COVID-19 and mitigating financial losses stemming from the pandemic. The legislation sets few parameters for how the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to distribute the funds, but it does stipulate that the money can be used for medical supplies and equipment, such masks and other protective gear, as well as construction, to help deal with an expected patient surge. Additional funds are allocated to address shortages of critical medical supplies and drugs, as well as to expand payments to hospitals and telehealth efforts.
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