The Supreme Court Approves CMS Vaccine Mandate, But Halts OSHA Mandate

January 18, 2022

  On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court permitted the vaccine mandate for health care workers in facilities regulated by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Specifically, the CMS vaccine mandate requires all staff of facilities participating in Medicare/Medicaid to be vaccinated.  These facilities include, but are not limited to the following types …

Update On New York Emergency Regulation And Federal Impending COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

November 24, 2021

  Health care providers in New York have been subject to regulations and guidance from federal and state agencies mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for providers’ staff.  Along with those regulations and policies, come requirements for health care providers to track exemptions and reasonable accommodations provided to staff.   Those mandates, however, have faced several legal challenges and …

New Florida Bill Passed Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

November 22, 2021

  On November 18th, 2021 Florida passed House Bill 1B, prohibiting private employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccination without providing employees the ability to opt out of the mandate. A private employer may not impose a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for any employee without allowing an employee to opt out for: medical reasons, pregnancy or anticipated pregnancy, …

Florida Adopts New Disciplinary Penalties For Nursing Home Administrators

  On November 16th, 2021, the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators finalized the rules to update their disciplinary guidelines and penalties for any violation of Florida Statute Chapter 456, regulating health professions and occupations. The guidelines are based upon a single count violation of each provision. Some single count violations have increased to up …

Anesthesia Providers And Ambulatory Surgery Centers Settle False Claims And Kickbacks Charges For Over $28 Million

November 15, 2021

  On November 9, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that three anesthesiologists, two anesthesiology practices, and several ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), their owners, management company, and an administrator entered into a settlement agreement to resolve allegations that the anesthesiology providers made payments to the ASCs in exchange for exclusive contracts to provide anesthesiology …