Surprise! This morning a federal court in Missouri has ordered the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) not to enforce the vaccine mandate in these states: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Watch for the CMS/Biden Administration response today!

In the November 2021 issue of St. Louis Lawyer, senior counsel Christina Moore shines a light on women lawyers and their accomplishments, noting the supportive role of two local organizations: the Women Lawyers Association (WLA) of Greater St. Louis and the Women in the Legal Profession (WILP) Section of The Bar Association of Metro St. Louis. Read the full article: Celebrating Women Lawyers

(Posted with permission from The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis)

This month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) applicable to employers of 100 or more employees. The ETS requires employers to adopt a vaccine mandate obligating employees to either get vaccinated or to undergo regular COVID-19 testing. Employees who work for covered employers will have until January 4, 2022 to get vaccinated or otherwise comply with the testing/masking requirements.

Husch Blackwell’s COVID-19 Policy Generators can help employers of all sizes quickly prepare and implement workplace guidelines related to COVID-19 prevention, return to work, and vaccinations that are compliant with federal, state, and local law. With OSHA’s compliance date approaching, we invite you to learn more.

What is the latest on vaccine mandates? In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske is joined by colleague Tom O’Day to discuss the newly released OSHA and CMS rules. They’ll uncover the surprises, discuss how to implement the requirements and analyze the challenges that may be on the horizon for hospices. Tune in to this lively and helpful conversation: https://lnkd.in/eaxixFYD Continue Reading COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series: Federal Vaccine Mandate Rules – Breaking Down What They Mean for Hospices

Update: November 18, 2021

Missed yesterday’s discussion around issues covered employers must consider under OSHA’s mandates and the steps employers should take to comply with the ETS? The webinar recording is now available for viewing at your convenience. Simply register using the following link and you will have access to the recorded webcast: https://bit.ly/3oH0aO7

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
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OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is now effective, and employees who work for covered employers have until January 4, 2022 to get vaccinated or to otherwise comply with the new requirements. Continue Reading What Employers Need to Know about OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

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On November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advance copy of the Interim Final Rule (IFR) related to COVID-19 vaccines for most of the entities covered by applicable Conditions of Participation, Conditions for Coverage or Requirements for Participation. Join Husch Blackwell attorneys for an update and a closer look at the requirements for covered entities. Preview our recent Legal Alert on this topic. Continue Reading CMS Interim Final Rule: Hard Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Facilities

On November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advance copy of the Interim Final Rule (IFR) related to COVID-19 vaccines for most of the entities covered by applicable Conditions of Participation, Conditions for Coverage or Requirements for Participation. Continue Reading CMS Interim Final Rule: Hard Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Facilities

There were no major surprises when the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and physician fee schedule (PFS) Final Rules were released on November 2, 2021, but there are still several financial and compliance areas that healthcare providers must prepare for as we head into 2022. Today’s update provides a brief summary of the key issues affecting the most providers across the country. Read our legal update here: https://bit.ly/31BhFYn.

Beginning January 1, 2022, California licensed residential substance abuse treatment facilities will be required to disclose certain licensing information to the public.  SB 541 adds Health and Safety Code section 11831.12, which requires residential alcohol or drug abuse treatment facilities to undertake the following: Continue Reading New California Transparency Requirements for Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

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Executive Order 14042 (Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors), the resulting guidance and the recent array of class deviation contract clauses create interesting and novel federal contract compliance and practical workforce management considerations.

Husch Blackwell addressed the guidance shortly after it was first issued and has now developed a program to explore the topic at depth. Please join us as we discuss issues federal contractors and subcontractors of all tiers will have to consider now that federal agencies have started modifying existing federal contracts to include the new contract clauses, and identify ways you can prepare for and stay in compliance. Continue Reading Navigating the Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: Legal and Practical Considerations for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors