OSHA to Conduct Inspections in Nursing Homes, Hospitals That Treat Covid Patients

Skilled nursing facilities and hospitals that treat or handle COVID-19 patients will be under extra scrutiny after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week announced a short-term increase in “highly focused” inspections. During these inspections OSHA will verify and assess hospital and SNF employers’ compliance actions taken, including their ability to address any future […]

[UPDATED] SCOTUS OKs CMS Mandate, Blocks OSHA Vaccine-or-Test Rule

Nursing home operators were not too surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Biden administration’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate to stand, but remain anxious about how the nationwide implementation of the rule may intensify an industry-wide staffing crisis. The high court sank a separate order involving the Occupational […]

OSHA Hands Down Safety Citations Over Improper Nursing Home PPE Use

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited three skilled nursing facilities in Ohio for violating respiratory infection standards in a way that failed to protect employees from COVID-19. The Pebble Creek Healthcare Center in Akron, along with Salem West Healthcare Center and Salem North Healthcare Center in Salem — all […]

Regulatory Roundup: OSHA Hands Out First COVID-19 Citation to a Nursing Home, Azar Promises Investigation in PA

A nursing home in Georgia operated by Winder Nursing was the recipient of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) first citation related to COVID-19. The nursing home delayed reporting the work-related hospitalization of six workers who were infected, according to a May 18 citation first covered by ABC News. The hospitalizations occurred as early […]