Tag: regulations

Tips for Employers Awaiting Details on New COVID-19 Vaccine Rules

President Biden’s recently announced that all healthcare workers, and employees at companies with over 100 employees must implement vaccine mandates. This announcement has some employers “scrambling,” according to James P. Reidy, an attorney with Sheehan Phinney in Manchester, New Hampshire. They’re asking how the 100-employee threshold is defined, what industries are included, and when the […]

Are employees required to divulge vaccination status?

Q: Can I require my employees to tell me if they are vaccinated and, if so, to provide proof? A: The EEOC’s COVID-19 guidance provides that asking for proof of an employee’s vaccinated status is not a disability-related inquiry and is permitted under the ADA. However, the EEOC cautions that asking an employee about the […]

Employers Warned Not to Overreact to CDC’s Latest Mask Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcement that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can shed their masks in many settings, including indoors, no doubt came as welcome news to mask-weary workers, but employers are warned not to relax rules too quickly. For one thing, the CDC announcement applies only to fully vaccinated people. […]

OIG announces investigation into nursing home discharges and evictions

The OIG announced plans to investigate whether nursing homes are following proper protocol when discharging and evicting residents. The OIG found that discharges and evictions were the most common compliant submitted to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program from 2011 to 2016. “Discharges which violate federal regulations are of great concern because in some cases they […]

HHS pitches 10-year expiration for several rules

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new rule November 4 that would require a review of rules every 10 years “to determine whether the regulation is still needed and whether it is having appropriate impacts,” according to a release. Under the proposed rule, any regulation issued by HHS, with certain exceptions, […]

How to Navigate COVID-19 Protocols to Ensure Health and Safety in the Workplace

As some employees return from working remotely and others continue to work from their facility, there are many regulations and policies that managers and supervisors need to instate to ensure employee health and safety. New federal, state, and local health and safety requirements continue to evolve as companies remain laser-focused on providing a safe working environment for all. […]

CMS announces organizational change to reduce burden on providers, clinicians

CMS announced an organizational change to help reduce provider and clinician burden and improve patient outcomes during this time. This change is through the creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics. The new office is an outgrowth of the federal agency’s Patients over Paperwork (PoP) Initiative, which is the cornerstone of CMS’ […]

Proposed rule would revise regulations around nondiscrimination in health programs

In an effort to reduce burden, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CMS are seeking to update regulations around nondiscrimination outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register June 14. It would make “substantial revisions” to Section 1557 of the ACA by eliminating “provisions […]

SNF PPS final rule published, new payment model to begin October 1, 2019

It’s official: According to CMS’ Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule published in the Federal Register yesterday evening, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)—the new case-mix methodology to replace RUG-IV)—is effective October 1, 2018. Facilities will have a year to transition to PDPM from RUG-IV by the October 1, 2019 implementation date. […]