Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiates Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for healthcare employers
Fifteen months after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has promulgated an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for healthcare employers that requires certain health care employers to help protect their workers in settings where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated.
If they have not done so already, the ETS requires covered health care employers to develop and implement a COVID-19 plan to identify and control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace. Covered employers also must implement other requirements to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in their workplaces. Among other provisions, the standard also requires employers to provide reasonable time and paid leave for employee vaccinations and any side effects.
HHS provides $424 million for COVID-19 testing in rural health clinics
The Department of Health and Human Services today announced that it is extending the deadline by which hospitals and other providers that received Provider Relief Fund money after June 30, 2020, must use their COVID-19 PRF payments. The HHS announcement also extends the amount of time providers will have to report information on the use of their PRF money as part of other changes to PRF reporting requirements and clarifies which providers must report.
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