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To Vaccinate or Not Vaccinate -That is the Question

To Vaccinate or Not Vaccinate -That is the Question

On November 4, 2021, OSHA and HHS both release policies related to President Biden’s Executive Order issued September 9, 2021.  These policies both help clarify and somewhat add to the confusion regarding employer obligations.  PCS will attempt to clarify this issue. ...

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Synopsis of OSHA COVID ETS Regulations

Synopsis of OSHA COVID ETS Regulations

OSHA COVID-19 EMERGENCY TEMPORARY STANDARD On June 21, 2021, OSHA released for publication staggering requirements related to healthcare practice protocols.  Unless you qualify under an exemption, the new rules will require many practice protocols including: Mandatory...

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Update on Vaccination Requirements

Update on Vaccination Requirements

Summary of President Biden's Executive Order On September 9, President Biden issued a stunning and far-reaching executive order related to the continual COVID pandemic. While the current buzz is related to vaccination of healthcare workers, the Order actually has six...

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GUIDELINES FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

GUIDELINES FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

Currently, the only known facts are the COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy at preventing severe and symptomatic COVID-19.  Although early studies seem to demonstrate more positive information, there is limited data on how much the vaccines might reduce...

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EMPLOYEE RETENTION TAX CREDIT

EMPLOYEE RETENTION TAX CREDIT

An Often Overlooked Source of Business Relief The employee retention tax credit (ERTC or ERC) was initially a part of the 2020 CARES legislation.  Several limitations in eligibility made this benefit an unlikely evaluated source of economic relief in the COVID crisis....

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MANAGING EMPLOYEES AFTER COVID VACCINATION

MANAGING EMPLOYEES AFTER COVID VACCINATION

As many healthcare workers are getting vaccinated, it is important to understand how signs and symptoms related to the vaccination must be evaluated against the signs and symptoms of COVID infection. It is important to not unnecessarily burden your operations by...

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FFCRA: EMPLOYEE PAID LEAVE RIGHT

FFCRA: EMPLOYEE PAID LEAVE RIGHT

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Generally, the Act provides that employees of covered...

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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR IT SECURITY

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR IT SECURITY

The Security Rule does not require specific technology solutions for providers but HHS does give some general guidance (see Security Standards: Technical Safeguards for more in depth info) HHS specifically addresses 5 HIPAA technical standards and PCS has grouped our...

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HOW TO APPLY FOR STAGE 3 OF THE PROVIDER RELIEF FUND

HOW TO APPLY FOR STAGE 3 OF THE PROVIDER RELIEF FUND

The Provider Relief Fund supports healthcare providers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualified providers of health care may receive Provider Relief Fund payments for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue due to COVID-19. These distributions do not...

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULINGS ON PAID LEAVE UNDER FFCRA

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULINGS ON PAID LEAVE UNDER FFCRA

On September 11, the DOL issued new rulings that change several points in the Sick Pay and FMLA extension benefits available under FFCRA – in some cases invalidating what the original law said. Four main issues were clarified or changed. Work Availability The DOL...

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CDC UPDATES

CDC UPDATES

On July 15, CDC released a new update on guidance during the COVID pandemic.  The new guidance is very confusing and contradicts itself in several areas.   This is our best interpretation we can offer. Eye Protection.  The new guidance states that healthcare providers...

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A DOCTOR OR EMPLOYEE HAS COVID-19 – NOW WHAT?

A DOCTOR OR EMPLOYEE HAS COVID-19 – NOW WHAT?

The following summary comes from CDC guidelines. More detailed explanations may be found in our Exposure & Risk-assessment Guidelines and from the CDC website. STEP 1 – BE PROACTIVE In the vast majority of cases, employees are becoming infected at home and in...

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PPP FORGIVENESS UPDATE

PPP FORGIVENESS UPDATE

On June 3, 2020, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 7010). CLARIFICATIONS IN THE PPP FLEXIBILITY ACT OF 2020 While additional guidance is likely related to this new legislation, the Act does somewhat simplify the...

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CARES ACT PROVIDER RELIEF FUND

CARES ACT PROVIDER RELIEF FUND

Many of probably received money from HHS in your bank account or an email saying you will be receiving money from HHS.  You may be thinking Santa Claus is confused and thinks April is Christmas.  It is real.  This is once again part of the massive CARES Act which...

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CMS ACCELERATED AND ADVANCE PAYMENTS PROGRAM

CMS ACCELERATED AND ADVANCE PAYMENTS PROGRAM

UPDATE APRIL 27:  On April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program effective immediately. The agency...

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CMS ACCELERATED AND ADVANCE PAYMENTS PROGRAM

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

Congress passed emergency legislation (HR 6021) that allows for additional benefits to employees in this crisis. Eligibility for these benefits is restricted to issues related to the COVID-19 crisis. We expect there will be guidance and clarification on many issues...

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CMS ACCELERATED AND ADVANCE PAYMENTS PROGRAM

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

Congress passed emergency legislation (HR 6021) that allows for additional benefits to employees in this crisis. Eligibility for these benefits is restricted to issues related to the COVID-19 crisis. We expect there will be guidance and clarification on many issues...

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