Category Health Care

No Surprises Act: What Providers Need to Know

The No Surprises Act, implemented at the beginning of 2022, aims to protect patients from receiving “surprise” medical bills when they receive 1) emergency healthcare services or 2) non-emergency healthcare services from out-of-network providers at in-network facilities.   Of course, the terminology “out-of-network” and “in-network” refer to... Read More

The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate (and More) is Here: Large Employers Must Ensure Employees are Fully Vaccinated or Tested Weekly by January 4, 2022... Unless the Courts Interject.

As discussed in our prior blog entry, on September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) would soon issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) which included a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for large employers.  OSHA’s ETS was finally released on November 4,... Read More

Gov. Reynolds Deputy Chief of Staff Joins BrownWinick

  BrownWinick Law is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Paige Thorson as a member to the firm. Thorson compliments the firm’s established government relations, insurance, health care, and energy and natural resources practices. Prior to joining BrownWinick, Thorson served as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Kim Reynolds where she oversaw... Read More

An Update on Vaccine Incentives: Can Employers Raise Health Insurance Premiums for Unvaccinated Employees? 

  Last week, BrownWinick provided an update on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, including anticipated requirements from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). It is expected that these requirements will apply only to certain larger employers, although the anticipated rule is still in its early... Read More

Company with 100+ Employees? Prepare for the Most Stringent Vaccine Requirements Yet.

  On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced an updated national COVID-19 strategy that includes the most sweeping vaccine requirements to date. Of note, under the strategy, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) is developing a rule that will mandate all large employers to either: (1) require their... Read More

Nickerson Selected to the UnityPoint Health-Des Moines Young Advisory Council

  BrownWinick would like to congratulate attorney Jordan Nickerson for being selected to the UnityPoint Health-Des Moines Young Advisory Council (YAC). Jordan recently began his three-year term on the council, where he brings not only a passion for helping others but a strong background in health law. The Young Advisory Council at UnityPoint... Read More

2021 Iowa Legislative Session - Week One Summary

  The legislature convened for the 89th General Assembly Monday, welcoming 26 newly-elected lawmakers to the statehouse. With Republicans maintaining their majority in the Senate and expanding it in the House, the GOP will continue driving the state’s policy agenda for the next two years. In his opening remarks, House Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New... Read More

New CMS COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

  On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly filed an unpublished Rule related to COVID-19 testing requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities. The Final Rule is scheduled for publication on September 2, 2020 and will go into effect immediately. CMS issued a memorandum to State Survey Agency... Read More