July 31, 2020

Physician groups warn against relaxed rules

GL Solutions’ weekly newsletter features a brief roundup of notable regulatory news and information from around the country:

Physician groups warn against relaxed rules: More than 100 physician groups, including the American Medical Association, have urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to sunset pandemic-related waivers involving scope of practice and licensure, according to Healthcare IT News. Among the scope of practice issues noted in the July 22 letter are those that expand the roles of non-physician health care providers such as nurse practitioners and occupational therapists.

Ohio judge pauses early bar closures: A judge in Columbus, Ohio, has suspended a city ordinance requiring bars and restaurants to close by 10 p.m., the Columbus Dispatch reports. The July 28 injunction lasts for 14 days and comes in response to a lawsuit by affected businesses alleging that the early closure ordinance is unconstitutional. It argues that the ordinance arbitrarily targets bars and restaurants.

Internet sales tax pays dividends in New Mexico:
Gross receipts tax revenue has barely budged in New Mexico despite epidemic-related business closures, the Albuquerque Journal reports. One reason why May collections are only 1.2 % lower than May collections in 2019: hundreds of thousands of dollars in monthly internet sales tax revenue that kicked in this year.

New limits for bars, eateries in Washington:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants and other businesses and activities in response to a surge in coronavirus cases. According to the Seattle Times, the restrictions limit indoor restaurant dining to members of the same household. They also prohibit indoor service at all bars and taverns.

Alabama moves up ‘last call’:
The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted unanimously during an emergency meeting July 27 to establish an 11 p.m. “last call” mandate for bars and restaurants. The order, intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, has a 120-day limit, AL.com reports.

Beauty product shortage in Las Vegas:
A beauty product shortage is creating problems for salons and cosmetology schools in the Las Vegas area, a local Fox news affiliate reports. Cosmetologists who spoke to the station speculate that the problem is tied to a shortage of plastic bottles from manufacturers in China.

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