Category: COVID-19

Covid-19 Requirements for Healthcare Employers: A Recap of Where Things Stand

There is a lot going on right now for healthcare employers.  The first phase of CMS’s vaccine mandate is in full effect nationwide (now including Texas), the CDC has changed masking guidance in some circumstances, and it has been two months since OSHA let the Health Care Emergency Temporary Standard expire.  To help you navigate...

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...

U.S. Supreme Court Lifts Injunction Against CMS’ Health Care Facility Vaccine Mandate: What Does This Mean for Your Health Care Facility?

Health care employers are not alone in feeling overwhelmed by the constantly changing legal status of the various federal vaccine mandates.  On Thursday afternoon, the Supreme Court made its rulings on two preliminary challenges to workplace mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for large...

Limited Preliminary Injunction Issued for CMS Vaccine Mandate

On November 29, 2021, a federal court in Missouri enjoined the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) vaccine mandate in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.  Those ten states filed a lawsuit on November 10, 2021, challenging the vaccine mandate and requesting a...

CMS’ COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: What Health Care Providers and Suppliers Need to Know

**Note that a federal court has issued a temporary injunction stopping the CMS COVID-19 vaccine mandate in certain states.  Please read our blog post here for the latest information on this injunction. Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published their much-anticipated rules mandating...

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...

Updates on Legal Challenges to Health Care Employers’ Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

On May 28, 2021, a group of Houston Methodist Hospital employees filed a lawsuit challenging the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees.  The lawsuit, filed by 117 employees, was the first to challenge a health care employer’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.  The employees’ grievances included that the vaccine is unsafe and that employers may not treat...

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...