Category: coronavirus

Employee Covid-19 Tests—When Must Employers Pay?

The Dorsey Health Law blog team keeps readers up-to-date on relevant topics in the health care industry. In order to do so, the members of the blog team communicate regularly with other practice groups within the firm for applicable updates from client publications. For this post, we would like to thank Dorsey’s Stephen Lucke, Melinda...

Additional EEOC Guidance for Employers Processing Religious Exemption Requests in Workplace COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

The Dorsey Health Law blog team keeps readers up-to-date on relevant topics in the health care industry. In order to do so, the members of the blog team communicate regularly with other practice groups within the firm for applicable updates from client publications. For this post, we would like to thank Dorsey’s Katie Ervin Carlson...

Biden Administration Announces Broad Employer-Based Vaccination Requirements

On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration announced its new COVID-19 Action Plan (the “Action Plan”), which outlines a six-pronged approach to combat the pandemic.  The wide-ranging Action Plan lays out plans to vaccinate the unvaccinated, further protect the vaccinated, keep schools safely open, increase testing and masking, protect the economic recovery, and improve care...

Biden Administration Orders Long Term Care Facilities to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations To Receive Federal Funds; OSHA Issues Updated COVID-19 Recommendations For All Workplaces

As we have previously written, the landscape for employers in the time of COVID-19, particularly health care employers and long term care facilities, is ever-changing and quickly moving.  In the last year, health care employers have had to navigate state laws, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

Living in a Virtual World: The Post-Pandemic Future of Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic required health care providers of all sizes to make drastic changes to the mode of patient care delivery. Telehealth quickly emerged as a safe alternative to in-person patient visits, and many providers quickly transitioned to virtual services. The pandemic-initiated expansion of telehealth was rapid and significant, but the pandemic likely accelerated existing...

Considerations for Health Care Employers under Iowa’s Vaccine Passport Law and Recent CDC, CMS and EEOC Guidelines

One of the last pieces of legislation the Iowa legislature sent to Governor Kim Reynolds’ desk for guaranteed signature was a bill banning vaccine passports in Iowa.  House File 889 contains several prohibitions regarding inquiries into a person’s COVID-19 vaccine status.  For entities that contract with the state government or otherwise receive state funding, the...

Coronavirus Lawsuits More Than Double In 2021; Those Against Healthcare Providers Steadily Increase

Despite widespread vaccine availability and the corresponding optimism about returning to “normal,” the coronavirus pandemic continues to spawn hundreds of employment and health-related lawsuits.  Many of these lawsuits have been aimed at employers in the healthcare sector and relate to workplace safety, retaliation, and wrongful termination or wrongful denial of leave.  In fact, since our...

Coronavirus Lawsuits Against Healthcare Providers are on the Rise

Among its many impacts, the coronavirus pandemic has already spawned hundreds of employment and health-related lawsuits, with even more litigation likely as businesses continue to bring back workers and increase operations.  Many of these lawsuits have been aimed at employers in the healthcare sector and relate to workplace safety, retaliation, and wrongful termination or wrongful...

CMS Issues Interim Final Rule to Enforce COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register on September 2, 2020 to supplement and strengthen the agency’s enforcement of COVID-19 reporting requirements.  The final rule also modifies various aspects of Medicare reimbursement methodologies for health plans, physicians, and other providers.  This post summarizes each of...