• 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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  • Coronavirus Alert

    Telemedicine Update: COVID-19 Prompts Rapid Regulatory Changes

    March 24, 2020
    As Arkansas begins its second full week of battling COVID-19, telemedicine has emerged as a major weapon in fighting the pandemic. Last week, both the federal and state government issued notices of significant regulatory flexibility for telehealth services in hopes that health care providers can treat a higher number of patients and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by keeping more sick or high-risk patients at home.
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  • Coronavirus Alert

    Coronavirus & The Workplace

    March 12, 2020
    As Arkansas learns of its first presumptive case of coronavirus (COVID-19), it seems inevitable that the virus will have at least some impact on day-to-day activities. The precise extent and duration of that impact remain to be seen. In light of these unusual circumstances, the best mantra we could advise your business is to expect the best but prepare for the worst.
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  • Med Mal 101: Back to Basics

    Part 12: Appeals

    December 30, 2019
    Med Mal 101: Back to Basics is 12-part series produced by Friday, Eldredge & Clark. Written by the attorneys in the Medical Malpractice Group, the content is designed to give physicians and other healthcare providers information they need to know about malpractice litigation.
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