In conjunction with the Locke Lord COVID-19 task force, we are reviewing, analyzing, and compiling regulatory updates to provide clients easy access to information during this unprecedented time.  If you have any questions on the subject matter below, do not hesitate to reach out.  The information below relates to state and federal bulletins, emergency orders, pending/enacted legislation, and other related actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New York:  On July 20, the Chair of the NY Workers’ Compensation Bureau issued Subject No. 046-1313, an Emergency Rule, which amends 12 NYCRR 325-1.8, 329-1.3, 329-4.2, 333.2, and 348.2 to allow telemedicine visits under certain circumstances to avoid in-person visits to authorized providers when medically appropriate. The Emergency Rule filing supersedes the previous emergency telemedicine rule and remains in effect for 90 days upon filing. Providers rendering services using telemedicine must comply with the emergency adoption, including the reporting requirements. Telemedicine, using two-way audio and visual electronic communication, or treatment via telephone, may be used during the state of emergency in accordance with the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Medicaid Guidance and Guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.