OSHA Issues Emergency Rule in Effort to Protect Healthcare Workers from COVID-19
The Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published an emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19. For the duration of the emergency standard, healthcare employers must create and implement a plan to identify and control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace. To review what this plan should look like, click here or here.
HHS Revises Reporting Requirements, Timeline for PRF Recipients
The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) revised its reporting requirements for providers who received Provider Relief Fund (“PRF”) payments. Among other things, the revised reporting requirements extends deadlines related to extending and reporting PRF payments. To learn more, click here.
HHS: “COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing Must be Free for Patients”
HHS published a reminder to healthcare providers and insurers participating in the Vaccination Program that vaccines and diagnostic testing must be administered to recipients at no cost. According to HHS, any recipient who was accidently billed for COVID-19 vaccinations or diagnostic testing should be reimbursed immediately. For those recipients who are uninsured or underinsured, providers should bill Health Resources and Services Administration COVID-19 Uninsured and COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund programs for all vaccine-related fees.