Legislative, Regulatory and Judicial Issues
- Effective February 11, 2021, updates have been made regarding elective procedures and appointments for health care providers. Please click here for more information.
- On November 17, 2020, the Maryland Department of Health issued Amended Directive and Order Regarding Various Healthcare Matters, MDH 2020-11-17-01. This Directive and Order adds new measures that health care providers must implement to resume elective and non-urgent procedures. For a summary of these new measures, click here.
- On November 10, 2020 following an "alarming increase in COVID-19 activity" in Maryland, the Maryland Department of Health provided new guidance for elective hospital admissions and a reminder to adhere to best infection control practices. In this clinician letter, the MDH wrote, "Elective admissions that are likely to require prolonged artificial ventilation, ICU admission or may have a high probability of requiring post hospital care in a skilled nursing facility should be avoided." To read the full letter, click here.
- On July 29, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued Maryland Executive Order 20-07-29-01 (“Order”), which, among other things, expanded Maryland’s Face Covering mandate to also include when an individual is obtaining health care services. The order expanding Maryland’s Face Covering mandate is effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. To read a summary of of this executive order, click here.
- Effective July 25, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services extended the public health emergency as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- On May 6, 2020, the Maryland Department of Health issued Amended Directive and Order Regarding Various Healthcare Matters. This Directive and Order addresses various health care matters including the resumption of elective and non-urgent procedures.
- Update on The CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program
- On June 17, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released two new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness applications.
- On June 12, the Small Business Administration released a revised Paycheck Protection Program loan application.
- Beginning on April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships were able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP").
- An update about the prohibition of elective and non-urgent surgeries, and an information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Immunity for Healthcare Providers during COVID-19 Pandemic:
Update on Courts
• Maryland Courts resumed jury trials on March 7, 2022.
• Virginia Courts may elect to resume trial and in-person proceedings.
• D.C. Superior Court resumed civil jury trials on May 19, 2021.
COVID-19 Updates and Resources