Tag: compliance

CMS Vaccine Mandate: Deadlines now set for all states

Medicare and Medicaid providers in the 24 states involved in the court challenges at the center of the Supreme Court decision on January 13 now have fresh deadlines to implement their COVID-19 vaccine mandates. And CMS issued the last deadlines, for Texas providers, on Jan. 20. In a message to surveyors Jan. 14, 2022, CMS […]

Apply to speak at our 2022 Private Duty National Conference & Expo

We are looking for home care agency leaders, consultants and attorneys to present fresh ideas that can spur growth, reduce costs and overcome the biggest regulatory challenges. The 2022 Private Duty National Conference & Expo will be held on Oct. 17-19, 2022, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Some of the hot topics are: recruitment […]

CMS Vaccine Mandate: Deadlines set for states impacted by court decision

Medicare and Medicaid providers in the 24 states involved in the court challenges at the center of the Supreme Court decision on January 13 now have fresh deadlines to implement their COVID-19 vaccine mandates. In a message to surveyors Jan. 14, 2022, CMS issued new 30- and 60-day deadlines for compliance for agencies in Alabama, […]

Supreme Court allows CMS vaccine mandate

The Supreme Court will allow a CMS rule mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees of certified Medicare and Medicaid health care providers to move ahead, granting a stay of injunctions brought in two lower courts hearing challenges to the rule. The CMS rule requires agencies to put policies and procedures in place for employee vaccination […]

PRF reporting begins for second round of payments

The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Period 2 is now open through March 31, according to the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Providers who received one or more general or targeted PRF payments exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate between July 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020, must report on their use of the funds. […]

CMS sets new deadlines for vaccine mandate compliance

CMS is moving ahead with employee vaccine requirements in states and territories where the policy has not been enjoined by the courts. According to updated guidance, agencies are expected to have implemented phase 1 of the policy by Jan. 27, 2022, with full compliance expected by Feb. 28, 2022. The public comment period for the […]

OSHA withdraws most of health care ETS, at least temporarily

While a file rule is still expected in the future, OSHA announced Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, that it has withdrawn the non-recordkeeping portions of the health care emergency temporary standard (ETS). The COVID-19 log and reporting provisions remain in effect. “These provisions were adopted under a separate provision of the OSH Act, section 8, and […]

Is your SNF prepared for an emergency?

In a year that’s been rife with disasters, including fires, hurricanes, and heat waves, it’s as important as ever for SNFs to brush up on their emergency preparedness plan. CMS’ emergency preparedness (EP) final rule, was enacted November 16, 2016. Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual provides interpretive guidance to the final rule that […]

PRF Reporting Deadline: Details on 60-day grace period

 The first deadline to report the use of Provider Relief Funds (PRF) is Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. The deadline applies to funds received between April 10, 2020, and June 30, 2020. The Health Resources & Services Administration has offered details on a 60-day grace period offered due to COIVD-19 surges and natural disasters. Details of […]

‘Telehealth 2.0’ is goal of OIG reviews

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector is reviewing telehealth use during the pandemic with an eye on building the blueprint for “telehealth 2.0,” according to Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm. The OIG recently shared comments Grimm made to the American Health Law Association’s annual meeting June 29, and telehealth was […]