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Overview of the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Loan Program

Mar 30 2020
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Among the provisions of the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Loan Program (“PPP”), a $349 billion new forgivable business loan program under the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) existing Section 7(a) loan framework.
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House Approves CARES Act; President Signs $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

Mar 27 2020
The CARES Act (short for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was approved by the United States Senate Wednesday night by a vote of 96-0 and by the House this afternoon. The bill is headed to the President for his signature now. Once Presidential approval is in hand, the Treasury Department, the SBA and the White House will work rapidly to effectuate the Act. This relief comes in the wake of reports that the United States now leads the world in the number of coronavirus cases.
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HIPAA-Permitted Disclosures on the Frontlines

Mar 26 2020
Over the last several weeks, the Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency responsible for HIPAA enforcement, issued a number of bulletins, notices, and similar guidance materials to assist HIPAA covered healthcare providers and entities during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The most recent of OCR’s guidance materials was a March 24, 2020 notice reminding those responding to the COVID-19 pandemic that protected health information can be communicated without a patient’s authorization in responding to the pandemic.
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On Pause – Real Property: Navigating Limitations on Evictions and Foreclosures

Mar 26 2020
Across the country, the federal government along with state and local governments and courts are taking measures to limit evictions and foreclosures. Financial institutions, servicers, and landlords facing anticipated defaults across their portfolios should stay abreast of the limitations in order to avoid heightened risks. Tenants and mortgagees likewise have contractual obligations at stake and need to understand options for recourse.
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Congress Strikes Deal on $2 Trillion COVID-19 Aid & Stimulus Package

Mar 25 2020
Senate leaders have struck a historic deal to support the U.S. economy with approximately $2 trillion in aid in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This is the largest rescue package in American history. The legislation contains direct payments to Americans, an aggressive expansion of unemployment insurance, billions in aid to large and small businesses, and a new wave of significant funding for the health care industry.
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Billing in Compliance with Recent Telehealth Waivers

Mar 24 2020
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared the Coronavirus Disease a pandemic. As a result of this declaration, the WHO established a new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision ("ICD-10") emergency code, U07.1 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. The Centers for Disease Control ("CDC") announced the new code will be effective and can start being assigned April 1, 2020.
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North Carolina Won’t Be Walking the Plank: Supreme Court Finds State is No Copyright Pirate in Blackbeard Ruling

Mar 24 2020
On March 23rd, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Allen et al. v. Cooper, Governor of North Carolina, et al., 589 U.S. ___ (2020), that North Carolina’s display of copyrighted footage showing recovery of the legendary pirate’s ship is not subject to copyright infringement action brought by the content creator. The Supreme Court’s decision is a key victory for advocates who say sovereign immunity should shield states from copyright infringement suits by an individual.
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