COVID-19 News Update

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New variants’ Could Drive a Winter COVID Surge New COVID-19 variants are spreading around the world, prompting health experts to warn of a surge in coronavirus cases during the upcoming winter months in the northern hemisphere. A flurry of new Covid-19 variants appears to be gaining traction globally, raising fears of a winter surge. These variants […]

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COVID-19 Boosters Available Now, May Become Annual

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New COVID-19 booster shots are available now (or within days), according to a Biden administration briefing on the latest developments with the virus’ vaccines. What’s more, the public should expect regular annual booster shots against the virus will be necessary. “It is becoming increasingly clear, that looking forward with the Covid-19 pandemic, in the absence […]

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CMS Issues Vaccination Expectations for Surveyors Performing Federal Oversight

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding its instructions regarding criteria for surveyors when entering provider and supplier locations, in a new memo, QSO-22-10-ALL, Vaccination Expectations for Surveyors Performing Federal Oversight. CMS states that surveyors who are not fully vaccinated (unless vaccination is medically contraindicated or the individual is legally entitled to  reasonable accommodation under […]

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OSHA Withdraws Temporary COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Testing Rule

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Agency leaves door open to future permanent standard on COVID vaccination-or-testing The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is withdrawing its emergency temporary standard (ETS) to require all large businesses in the United States to implement a COVID-19 vaccine-or-weekly-testing policy for employees by February 9, 2022. However, OSHA has decided to propose that the make the temporary […]

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CMS Issues Guidance on the Vaccine Mandate for all States

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS), Quality, Safety & Oversight (QSO)Group has issued three separate guidance memorandums  (QSO-22-07,QSO-22-09, and QSO-22-11) to address compliance with the CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination, Interim Final Rule. Three  memos have been issued to accommodate the varying Appeals Court and United States  Supreme Court decisions reading […]

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CMS Issues Vaccination Expectations for Surveyors Performing Federal Oversight

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding its instructions regarding criteria for surveyors when entering provider and supplier locations, in a new memo, QSO-22-10-ALL, Vaccination Expectations for Surveyors Performing Federal Oversight. CMS states that surveyors who are not fully vaccinated (unless vaccination is medically contraindicated or the individual is legally entitled to  reasonable accommodation […]

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OSHA Withdraws Temporary COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Testing Rule

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Agency leaves door open to future permanent standard on COVID vaccination-or-testing The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is withdrawing its emergency temporary standard (ETS) to require all large businesses in the United States to implement a COVID-19 vaccine-or-weekly-testing policy for employees by February 9, 2022. However, OSHA has decided to propose that the make the temporary […]

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CMS Issues Guidance on the Vaccine Mandate for all States

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS), Quality, Safety & Oversight (QSO)Group has issued three separate guidance memorandums  (QSO-22-07,QSO-22-09, and QSO-22-11) to address compliance with the CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination, Interim Final Rule. Three  memos have been issued to accommodate the varying Appeals Court and United States  Supreme Court decisions reading […]

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OSHA Withdraws Temporary COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Testing Rule

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Agency leaves door open to future permanent standard on COVID vaccination-or-testing The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is withdrawing its emergency temporary standard (ETS) to require all large businesses in the United States to implement a COVID-19 vaccine-or-weekly-testing policy for employees by February 9, 2022. However, OSHA has decided to propose that the make […]

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CMS Issues Guidance on the Vaccine Mandate for all States

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS), Quality, Safety & Oversight (QSO)Group has issued three separate guidance memorandums  (QSO-22-07,QSO-22-09, and QSO-22-11) to address compliance with the CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination, Interim Final Rule. Three  memos have been issued to accommodate the varying Appeals Court and United States  Supreme Court decisions reading […]

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Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Covid Rule for Biz, Upholds Health Worker Mandate

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The Supreme Court handed down a split decision on two Biden administration workplace rules to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, blocking an OSHA rule requiring businesses with at least 100 employees to compel their workers to get vaccinated or wear masks and test negative at least once per week, but upholding a […]

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Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Covid Rule for Biz, Upholds Health Worker Mandate

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The Supreme Court handed down a split decision on two Biden administration workplace rules to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, blocking an OSHA rule requiring businesses with at least 100 employees to compel their workers to get vaccinated or wear masks and test negative at least once per week, but upholding a […]

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