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COVID-19: Continuing healthcare coverage for furloughed or laid-off employees

As the coronavirus and it’s economic impact continue spreading across the nation, employers are dealing with a variety of unprecedented issues in regards to their business operations, including employee benefits plans. Many employers are concerned about continuing healthcare coverage for employees who are furloughed or laid off during this time. READ MORE

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Force majeure lease provisions before and after the coronavirus

A force majeure (or Act of God) clause in a lease limits or eliminates liability for “an event or effect that can be neither anticipated nor controlled.” Does the coronavirus trigger the force majeure clause in your lease, and thereby offer protection from liability to both landlords and tenants? READ MORE 

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Illinois non-essential businesses forced to close through April 7

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has issued a “shelter-in-place” order, which requires citizens of Illinois “to stay at home or at their place of residence except as allowed in this Executive Order” through April 7, 2020. The executive order creates exceptions to the stay at home requirement which generally fall into three categories: essential activities, essential government functions, and to operate essential businesses and operations. READ MORE 

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Navigating through economic instability and COVID-19: SBA economic injury disaster loans

The negative affects caused by COVID-19 have forced small business owners to temporarily close without any clear indication on when they may open again. These closures have caused unprecedented revenue loss and economic instability. In an effort to mitigate the economic damage caused by COVID-19, several federal and state level financial relief programs have been activated to support small business owners. READ MORE 

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Ohio non-essential businesses forced to close through April 6

Starting on Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. all individuals in Ohio are required to stay in their homes and all non-essential businesses are required to shut their doors until at least April 6, 2020. Learn what activities are prohibited and find out whether or not your business qualifies as an “essential business or operation.” READ MORE 

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SAMHSA issues guidance on disclosure of substance use disorder patient information

On March 19, 2020, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued guidance on disclosure of substance use disorder (SUD) information during the COVID-19 pandemic national emergency period. READ MORE

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SAMHSA encourages telehealth for substance use disorder patients

Late last week the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued guidance encouraging the use of telehealth for substance use disorder (SUD) patients during the COVID-19 pandemic national emergency period. READ MORE

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DEA allows remote prescribing of controlled substances

On March 20, 2020, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) posted guidance allowing DEA-registered practitioners to prescribe controlled substances remotely (e.g., through telehealth) during the COVID-19 national emergency period. READ MORE

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CMS issues guidance on payments for state medicaid telehealth services provided during COVID-19 pandemic

In recent guidance, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) intended to help states better understand policy options for paying Medicaid providers using telehealth to deliver patient services in combating COVID-19. CMS has recently been encouraging providers to use telehealth services due to the benefit of increasing access to care while reducing the risks for spread of infection and exposure for vulnerable populations. READ MORE

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9 tips for keeping your workforce CyberSavvy while working from home

As organizations and employees work from home, we can expect cyber criminals to attempt to profit off of the confusion. We have tips organizations should consider to protect themselves from cybercriminals during this unique “work from home” time. READ MORE

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