Tag: healthcare

Pros and Cons of Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations

The long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine’s arrival has provided a ray of sunshine for employers hoping for a better 2021. But it also raised a slew of questions: How long until my workforce has access to it? Can I require all employees to be vaccinated? What if an individual worker refuses? Let’s look at the reasoning behind […]

CMS unveils new quality measures under consideration

CMS unveiled new quality measures under consideration for nursing homes shortly before Christmas. While some previously implemented measures have been updated, there are several new measures focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccinations in healthcare settings. The new measures under consideration, as outlined by CMS, include: Five outcome measures (measures that focus on the results […]

Federal Rules Impose Strict Deadlines for Health Plans to Cover COVID-19 Vaccines

Health plans will have to start covering COVID-19 vaccines shortly after their approval, regardless of whether they are delivered by an in-network provider, under regulations finalized by three federal agencies.The interim final rule published on November 6 (85 Fed. Reg. 71142) is designed to implement various healthcare and coverage provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, […]

Q&A: HIPAA during natural disasters

Q: When dealing with a natural disaster such as the California wildfires, does the HIPAA Privacy Rule allow information to be shared more easily? What are some examples of changes to the Privacy Rule during these circumstances? A: When residents are incapacitated or receiving emergency treatment, their information may be included in a facility directory […]

FFCRA Exemptions for Healthcare Providers Clarified

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently clarified which healthcare providers are exempt from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) paid sick and family and medical leave policies. How We Got Here When the FFCRA was first enacted, the DOL indicated healthcare providers’ employees were exempt from the emergency paid sick leave and expanded […]

CMS expands access to COVID-19 antibody treatments for Medicare beneficiaries

The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab on November 9. As a result, Medicare beneficiaries will receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 during the public health emergency, announced CMS administrator Seema Verma. CMS anticipates that healthcare providers will initially receive the monoclonal antibody […]

Employers Stressing Virtual Care, Mental Wellness Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

Large employers plan to expand virtual care offered to employees next year as well as double down on mental health and emotional well-being as they continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an annual survey by Business Group on Health (BGH). While the pandemic’s impact is fueling uncertainty about overall costs, respondents to the […]

CMS releases CHART Model funding, rural communities encouraged to apply

CMS released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track on September 15. The Community Transformation Track will award up-front seed money for healthcare providers in up to 15 rural communities across the nation. For more information about the NOFO or the CHART Model, […]

Millions of N95 masks to be released to nursing homes, some for a price

The federal government announced that a stockpile of N95 respirators will soon be released to nursing homes and other healthcare agencies. Each state is expected to receive approximately seven million masks from the stockpile that currently holds 44 million masks, with another 500 million on order. Some masks, however, will be available for purchase in […]

California Employers Receive Guidelines for Responding to Virus Outbreaks

The Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening, issued by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), offers guidance to help businesses reopen and provide a safe, clean environment for employees and customers. The following article highlights key provisions in the guidance for managing a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace. Managing an Outbreak […]