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COVID-19 Topic: Human Resources & Staff Management

Does the CMS Interim Final Rule for mandatory vaccination apply to physician practices?

This regulation and the requirements within only apply to providers and suppliers regulated under the CMS Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The CMS rule does not apply…

What do I have to do if I am exempt from the OSHA ETS?

Even though you are exempt from the OSHA ETS you still would be responsible for meeting the safe workplace requirements under the OSHA General Duty Clause…

What do I need to know about the OSHA ETS provisions, published in the Federal Register June 21, 2021

Click here to download a PDF of the most frequently asked questions about the new OSHA ETS provisions.

Now that the CDC has lifted mask requirements for fully vaccinated individuals, how will this affect healthcare settings?

Currently, per CDC guidelines, the use of personal protective equipment remains unchanged in healthcare settings, which includes physician offices. Detailed information can be found in the…

If I have an employee who has had unprotected exposure to a positive COVID patient, do they have to quarantine for 14 days?

In general, asymptomatic Healthcare providers (HCP) who have had a higher-risk exposure do not require work restriction if they have received all COVID-19 vaccine doses, including…

What can I do to mitigate healthcare staffing shortages that have occurred as a result of COVID-19?

CDC has guidance documents on Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages. Healthcare facilities should have documented plans and processes in place to mitigate staffing shortages, including…

Is there anything specific a practice needs to do if they allow students to join their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic?

First, the practice should have each such student who is serving during the pandemic to sign the equivalent of a COVID-19 consent form, which can be…

How should we handle patients who are concerned they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 by someone in our practice?

Call the patient and have them relay their concerns. Respond to their voiced concerns in a reassuring way, without divulging names or any confidential information. Share…

If I have employees who are being tested or have confirmed COVID-19, when can they return to work?

Refer to Curi’s Updated COVID-19 Process flowchart for Employee exposure or Infection. The following are the CDC criteria for determining when COVID Infected Health Care Providers…

Should we respond differently to staff who have compromised immune issues?

Employees who are immunosuppressed are at greater risk and fall into the high-risk category. It is important to put safeguards in place with any high-risk employees….

What are the practice’s responsibilities if we find out a patient or employee tested positive?

If an employee (including physicians) or patient tests positive for COVID-19, you need to first determine the level of exposure. Potential exposure occurs two days prior…

What should I do if I have an employee report that he/she is sick with respiratory symptoms?

Follow CDC guidelines for managing employees who are sick. Decisions should be coordinated with your local health department, depending on the circumstances and how likely the…

What liability does our organization face as it relates to our staff by keeping our practice open for patients during this time?

The liability comes if you are not providing employees with what they need to safely provide care while following CDC and OSHA guidelines for managing potentially…

What do I need to know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?

Our Curi partner and HR consulting organization CAI has compiled several resources for understanding the act and how it will impact businesses and their staff. Here’s…

Who needs personal protective equipment (PPE)?

As communities across the U.S. take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how…

Will tail coverage be affected by retired physicians returning to work during the emergency?

No. If you were a previous policyholder who retired and plan to come back to work to help during this National Emergency, you can rest assured…

Is our current position (P&P) correct?

Example policy and procedure: “All staff and providers are to adhere to our current PPE and Infection control requirements. Everyone should be diligent about handwashing and…

WRITING WORKSHOP: OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) – COVID Plan

Dr. Marge McFarlane provided Curi insureds with a free OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) – COVID Plan Writing Workshop on Wednesday, August 25. For those who…

WEBINAR: Overview of OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19

Learn what you need to know about each of the required provisions of the ETS, officially published with the Federal Register on June 21, 2021, including best practices and timing to implement physical barriers, ventilation, and training for staff in your organization.

WEBINAR: The Knock on the Door—Planning for an OSHA Inspection in Pandemic Times

Learn how practice leaders can prepare for a potential OSHA inspection through common questions and answers on the OSHA inspection process and what will likely be assessed based on guidance and protections outlined in the ETS.

Options to Reduce Quarantine for Persons Exposed to COVID-19

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COVID-19 Vaccine Declination Form

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Return-to-Work Guidance for Healthcare Personnel After COVID-19 Infection

Curi has created a flowchart outlining a symptom-based strategy for healthcare personnel returning to work after COVID-19 infection. Download PDF

Return-to-Work Guidance for Healthcare Personnel After COVID-19 Infection

Curi has created a flowchart outlining a test-based strategy for healthcare personnel returning to work after COVID-19 infection. Download PDF

Curi COVID-19 Webinar Series

Curi recently hosted a six-week series of webinars designed to help practices weather the COVID-19 crisis with information and actionable guidance. Every Thursday from April 30th…

WEBINAR: Getting Practices Back to “Normal”: HR Best Practices and Legal Compliance Issues

Click here to download a PDF version of the presentation.

Acknowledgement Agreement for Employees Performing In-Office Work During COVID-19

This acknowledgement agreement can be used for employees who fall into the CDC high-risk group for COVID-19 complications but want to continue to work.

WEBINAR: Practice Management During a Pandemic: Best Practices and Resources

  Click here to download a PDF of the slide deck.

WEBINAR: Risk, Policy, and Professional Liability in a Pandemic

Click here to download a PDF version of the presentation.

Paycheck Protection Program Guidance for Employees Refusing to Return to Work

This document provides Paycheck Protection Program guidance regarding employees who refuse to return to work after a business reopens.

Employee Notice of COVID-19 Exposure Editable Letter Template

Editable letter template to inform employees of COVID-19 exposure available to download in Word format.

Getting Back to Business—A Roadmap to Reopening Your Practice

This document provides guidance for practices preparing to resume or increase operations after slowing down due to COVID-19. Elements include patient and staff communication, infection prevention, and letter templates for practices to adapt and use.

WEBINAR: Caring for Yourself and Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Curi Benefits Solutions’ Health Strategy and Well-Being Manager, Jason Horay, guides us through a presentation designed to help healthcare professionals and their practices cope with anxiety and stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Physician Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis Article Series

Content Series by Curi’s Health Strategy and Well-Being lead, Jason Horay, shares actionable advice on how healthcare professionals can manage stress and promote well-being during this pandemic.

Curi’s Resources for Running Your Business During COVID-19

Curi has partnered with Medical Management Associates, Inc. and Smith Anderson to develop a dedicated Business Resource Guide for practices during this time. The comprehensive guide offers advice on planning for your practice’s future, managing finances during the health crisis, furloughing or terminating staff, and meeting your commitments to employees.

Additional Employer FAQs

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Planning for Your Practice’s Future

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Termination, Layoff, & Furlough Checklist

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Caring for Yourself & Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Curi’s Health Strategy & Well-Being lead has curated resources to help physicians and their practices cope with the anxiety and stress stemming from the pandemic.

COVID-19 Process for Employee Exposures

Curi has created a quick flowchart outlining the process that a medical practice can take when an employee is being tested or has confirmed positive for…

Understanding the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (‘‘CARES Act’’)

The Curi team summarizes initial takeaways and implications of the act for businesses and individuals in three separate articles.

HR Implications of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Curi partner and HR consulting organization CAI provides resources for understanding the act and how it will impact businesses and their staff.

Medical Offices & Clinics Pandemic Planning Checklist

Planning for a pandemic is critical for ensuring a sustainable healthcare response. This resource, primarily for medical offices and ambulatory clinics, was created using checklists developed by HHS and the CDC.

Business Planning Pandemic Checklist

Healthcare organizations will play a vital role in protecting employees’ health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis in our communities. This checklist identifies important activities large businesses can do to prepare.

Implications of New CARES Act Stimulus Bill for Practices

Our Curi Capital team summarizes the act passed on March 27, including key takeaways and implications for small businesses and individuals.

Curi Capital’s Financial Support Services

Our financial advisory affiliate is offering support services to all Curi members during this time of need at no additional charge.

Federal COVID-19 Vaccinate-or-Test Employer Mandate Back in Play After Appeals Court Ruling

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated the Biden administration’s requirement that businesses with 100 or more employees either require full vaccination against COVID-19 or…

Federal Court Rulings Leave Future of Federal Vaccine Mandates in Doubt

Recent rulings from federal courts have put into question the future of two COVID-19 vaccine mandates instituted by the Biden Administration. On Nov. 29 and 30, two separate U.S….

Federal Government Releases Two Workplace Vaccination Policies

CMS last week released an emergency regulation requiring COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at healthcare facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released…

Federal COVID-19 Employer Vaccine Mandate Affects Some Medical Practices

The new federal requirements for employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees have implications for some providers and medical practices. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

Curi Updates Quarantine Resources

The CDC posted new guidelines on December 2, 2020, that provide an option to shorten the 14-day quarantine period if certain criteria are met. Please note, these guidelines…

Deadline for North Carolina Independent Practices to Order Free PPE This Sunday 

Independent practices in North Carolina have until this Sunday, Nov. 15, to order free personal protective equipment provided by the North Carolina Medical Society.

HR|Experts Webinar Addresses FFCRA Leave Rule Updates

A newly available webinar from Curi’s on-call human resources consultant, Dee Brown, addresses the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent changes to who qualifies for emergency paid sick leave…

Department of Labor Updates COVID-19 FFCRA Leave Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor last Friday issued a new temporary rule updating who qualifies for emergency paid sick leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response…

North Carolina Medical Society Distributing Free PPE to Independent Practices

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) last week announced that it is distributing free personal protective equipment (PPE) to independent medical practices in the state, via…

Federal Judge Strikes Down Labor Department’s Rule on Leave for Healthcare Providers

A federal judge last week struck down part of a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule limiting paid leave for COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken ruled that…

Curi Enhances Return-to-Work Resources

The Curi team has added new symptom-based and test-based return-to-work guidance flowcharts to our COVID-19 Practice Command Center, as well as updated our previously published sample…

OSHA Releases COVID-19 FAQs for Employers

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a frequently asked questions document for employers during the COVID-19 health emergency, including a section specifically for healthcare.

Curi Adds New Frequently Asked Questions to COVID-19 Resource Center

The Curi team has added two new FAQs to our COVID-19 Practice Command Center: “Is it ok for pediatric practices to perform COVID-19 testing on their patients’…

Curi Offers Sample Work Notice Templates

Curi has released templates practices can use to notify stakeholders about patients who are at high risk for severe illness with COVID-19, have medical issues that…

Curi Practice Management Webinar Tomorrow

The next installment in Curi’s COVID-19 webinar series, “Practice Management During a Pandemic: Best Practices and Resources,” will take place at noon ET tomorrow, Thursday, May…

Curi Practice Management Webinar Next Thursday

The next installment in Curi’s COVID-19 webinar series, “Practice Management During a Pandemic: Best Practices and Resources,” will take place at noon ET on Thursday, May…

Curi Webinar Thursday Addresses Risk Management, Health Policy, and MPL Topics

The next installment in Curi’s COVID-19 webinar series, “Risk, Policy, and Professional Liability in a Pandemic,” will take place at noon on Thursday, May 21. Curi’s Chief Legal…

New Curi Resources

Two new resources created by Curi are now available. The first is an updated FAQ on what a practice should do if a physician or employee tests positive…

Curi Releases “Getting Back to Business” Toolkit

Curi today released our “Getting Back to Business” toolkit, a resource offering guidance to practices preparing to resume or increase operations after slowing down due to…

Well-Being Webinar

Click here to view a new webinar on “Caring for Yourself and Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic” from Curi’s Health Strategy and Well-Being lead, Jason Horay.

New Consent Forms

The Curi team has created two new consent forms for practices to use during the COVID-19 health emergency: one for in-office visits and another for surgeries. Both of these…

Paycheck Protection Program Signed Into Law

President Trump earlier today signed into law another interim COVID-19 relief bill, which includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses.

New Curi Article on Physician Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis 

A new blog post (part II in a new series) by Curi’s Health Strategy and Well-Being lead, Jason Horay, looks at how finding joy in work can help healthcare professionals…

ACS Guidance for Resuming Elective Surgeries  

In addition to the guidance on resuming non-emergent care we shared yesterday from CMS and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American College of Surgeons has released a surgical resource document for facilities…

Cybersecurity Tips for Physicians Working at Home 

The American Medical Association and American Hospital Association have jointly released a document offering cybersecurity tips for physicians working from home during the health emergency, including how to watch for…

Emerging Guidelines for Resuming Care

As the medical community looks ahead to when pandemic restrictions begin to lift, government entities and other organizations are starting to offer recommendations for how to…

Virginia Law Protects Physicians Seeking Mental Health Support  

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a new law with implications for physicians managing stress and burnout during the COVID-19 health crisis. Under SB 120, physicians and other healthcare…

Well-Being Webinar Registration—April 22

Curi’s Health Strategy and Well-Being lead, Jason Horay, will present an HR|Experts webinar on “Caring for Yourself and Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on Weds., April…

Physician Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis—A New Series

Curi’s Health Strategy and Well-Being lead, Jason Horay, is kicking off a new content series to provide guidance on how healthcare professionals can manage stress and…

Updated Curi Tools for Practices With COVID-19-Exposed Employees

Curi has updated our decision tree for practices with employees exposed to COVID-19, to reflect new CDC guidelines. We have also added new resources for notifying…

HR|Experts Webinar: Caring For Yourself & Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Physicians and their practices are dealing with higher-than-normal levels of stress, anxiety, worry, and emotional and physical exhaustion as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread. On…

VITAL WorkLife Webinar: Leading Through the Stress of COVID-19

This webinar, hosted by Curi partner VITAL WorkLife, is intended for healthcare leaders who must guide their organization through the current pandemic and beyond. It will…

FBI Provides Tips for Avoiding Video-Teleconference “Hijacking”

With increasing numbers of providers using video-teleconferencing applications such as Zoom to meet with patients, a recent article from the FBI offers guidance on how to…

Curi Introduces New Business Resource Guide

Today, we’re delighted to share a new tool designed to help you run your practice during this time of uncertainty: Curi’s Business Resource Guide, which offers…

Updates to FFCRA Employer Decision Tree

Curi partner CAI has updated the decision tree we shared yesterday, with new guidance on employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and…

U.S. Department of Labor Webinar on Employer Provisions in FFCRA—April 3

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it is producing a webinar on the implications of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for employers…

FFCRA & CARES Act Employer Decision Tree

Curi partner CAI has produced a decision tree to guide employers through their responsibilities under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

CMS Temporary Regulatory Waivers

CMS yesterday issued a number of temporary regulatory waivers to provide hospitals and other health care providers with flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 health emergency. The changes cover…

CARES Act Implications for Retirement Plans and Small Business Finances

Continuing Curi’s analysis of how the new CARES Act stimulus law will affect practices, today we examine what it means for retirement plans and small business finances.

Employer Updates From U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has updated its FAQ guide with details about two issues: who qualifies as a health care provider for issues related to paid sick…

Protections for Medical Volunteers in CARES Act

One provision of the CARES Act provides limited liability protection for doctors who volunteer across state lines during the pandemic—offering a boost for efforts to put providers where…

Implications of New CARES Act Stimulus Bill for Practices

The newly passed federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has significant implications for medical practices, including financial support for small businesses and changes…

Process Guidance for Practices With Infected Employees 

Curi’s Risk Management team has produced a new flow chart detailing how practices should proceed when they learn or suspect that an employee is infected with COVID-19.

Essential Employee Documentation

Curi has developed a letter template for medical workers in jurisdictions with stay-at-home orders to use as documentation when traveling to and from work. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Updates

Curi partner CAI has published an alert detailing several updates to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including a new start date for employer compliance with the law and a new FFCRA poster from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued two valuable documents relative to the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): an FAQ for employers and guidance on paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. In addition, the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association is hosting a free webinar about the implications of the FFCRA for practices on March 27.

Human Resources and Staff Management

The human resources consulting organization CAI, a Curi partner, has compiled a “Coronavirus Command Center” full of resources that can help you with employee management and other human resources issues during this crisis. Of special interest, they have just published a guide to the HR implications of the new federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including issues of paid and emergency leave, furloughs and layoffs, and FMLA.

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