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Nursing Home Quality & Safety Earlier this month, the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes issued their final report for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The task of the Commission was “to solicit lessons Read More
All Nursing Homes Must Test Facility Residents, Staff, others for Covid-19 A new rule was issued Tuesday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring long term care facilities to test their facility residents, staff, volunteers and individuals Read More
COVID-19 Policy Playbook Released This new report from 50 leading experts on public health law, health care law, and global health law and policy analyzes developments in U.S. law and policy during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report, which was sponsored Read More
Mental Health, Substance Use & Suicidal Ideation: A Parallel Crisis? While it is too early to have comprehensive data, a new CDC report  signals that we are seeing rising rates of depression, substance use and a continued rise in suicides Read More
Essential Workers – Processing Plants Tyson workers file suit following employer gaining waivers in April from the US Department of Agriculture to allow work to proceed faster at Kentucky and Corydon, Indiana poultry processing plants despite Covid-19 outbreak among employees. Read More
Reopening Primary Schools During the Pandemic An important perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Indiana is one of the earliest states to start the new school year. However, school districts around the country are struggling with the Read More
The Looming Eviction Crisis A federal eviction moratorium is ending, putting 12 million renters nationwide at risk of eviction. Indiana’s moratorium is scheduled to end on July 31, and the Indiana Housing Now program, which drew upon CARES Act dollars Read More
Two significant court cases were released last week. Supreme Court says religious services may be restricted without violating First Amendment: I discuss the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision not to disturb California’s Executive Order restricting the size of live religious gatherings Read More
Ethical framework for managing the health services response to Covid-19 proposed by UK experts  The authors of “Ethical anchors and explicit objectives: ensuring optimal health outcomes in the Covid 19 pandemic” attempt to fill a gap caused by what they Read More
Below is a roundup of some recent developments with law and ethics themes related to the enforcement of public health authority during the pandemic, vulnerable populations, and states reopening. The Americans with Disabilities Act & HIPAA do not bar businesses Read More

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