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New York State Regulatory Action Published Regarding Vaccine Mandate

Back in August, New York had issued a vaccine mandate that applied to all healthcare workers in hospitals, long term care facilities and nursing homes. It required these facilities to develop and implement a policy requiring employee vaccinations, with limited exceptions for those with religious or medical reasons. According to the language as written, we did not believe this would apply to private office settings.

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White House Announces New Vaccine Mandate

The following statement was received by the NYSCA from the ACA on September 15, 2021 via email:

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Biden-Harris Administration to Expand Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Settings

President Joe Biden on Thursday, 09/09/2021 imposed stringent new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers, and health care staff in a sweeping attempt to contain the latest surge of Covid-19.

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New York HERO Act Update: Commissioner of Health Designates COVID-19 as Airborne Infectious Disease

New York HERO Act Update:

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Governor Kathy Hochul update as of 08/24/21

At 12:01 a.m., Kathy Hochul was officially sworn in as the 57th Governor of New York State. She is the first woman to ever hold this position. At 10:00 a.m., there was a ceremonial swearing in ceremony for Governor Hochul that was open to press with the oath of office administered by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. She gave brief remarks at her swearing in and indicated that brevity was going to be a hallmark of her administration.

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Guidance for Facilities, Providers, and Local Health Departments Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

The New York State Department of Health has just released "Guidance for Facilities, Providers, and Local Health Departments Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine." Please note that chiropractors fall in outpatient care, which can begin receiving the vaccine in week 4, January 4, 2021.

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CARES Act Phase 3 now open for funding applications

As previously reported by the NYSCA, member DCs may have received funding from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deposited into their bank accounts which is part of the CARES Act. These relief funds were allocated to healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. Currently, Phase 3 of the CARES Act allows healthcare providers to request additional funds.

For more information on how to apply for Phase 3 General Funding, visit the HHS website: 
https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/for-providers/index.html

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Updates on the PPP Loan Program

President Trump signed a bill into law on July 4 which created an extension to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) deadline for small businesses to apply for the program. This deadline which expired at the end of June 2020 under current law was extended to August 8, 2020. The PPP still had approximately $134 billion to give even as the deadline neared. 

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Phase 2 of State Reopening

As you are aware, “emergency chiropractic services” have been deemed an “essential business” during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have been able to ascertain that the best interpretation of this language means, urgent and necessary chiropractic care.

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Reopening NY and New Guidance for Essential Businesses

As NY begins to reopen, there is some new guidance for operating a business as part of essential services. In summary, you must have a detailed safety plan and be following the phase one guidelines. 

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Additional Money available through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Funding.

Recently, DCs may have witnessed monies from HHS deposited into their bank accounts and should have received follow-up emails requesting that they “attest” in order to keep the funding. The NYSCA previously emailed the membership regarding the HHS funding, which is part of the CARES Act.

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Employers Directed to Provide Masks to Employees Who Interact with the Public

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has issued an Executive Order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public, effective tomorrow at 8pm.

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FCC's COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Portal Opens Today

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced his plan for a COVID-19 Telehealth Program to support health care providers responding to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated $200 million to the FCC to support health care providers’ use of telehealth services in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 CMS Assistance for Healthcare providers

Some good news for doctors amidst the Corona Virus crisis: Some doctors may already be seeing this money in their account; you may be seeing it in your account soon. 

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COVID-19 Financial Assistance - Medicare Accelerated Payments Application & FAQ

In order to increase cash flow to providers of services and suppliers impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded our current Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers. The expansion of this program is only for the duration of the public health emergency. Details on the eligibility, and the request process are outlined below. The information below reflects the passage of the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136).

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Update for Essential Workers with Exposure to COVID-19

The CDC has updated its guidance regarding exposure to COVID-19 for essential workers, those who are part of the critical infrastructure. The update is here:

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The New York State Budget has been Finalized

Resulting from efforts to place conservative chiropractic care, at the forefront of solutions to the opioid crisis, the following language was included in the state budget:

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COVID-19 Explanation of Financial Resources Available

There are two loan programs available: (1) the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. 

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Financial Assistance is on the Way for You and Your Practice!

Help for you and your practice is on the way.  Details are still emerging, but here's what is available to provide financial assistance and relief from impact of covid-19.

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FREE COVID-19 Resources and Webinar for Chiropractic from ChiroHealthUSA

As CEO of ChiroHealthUSA and the owner of two practices, I myself have been looking for resources to help me make the best decisions I can for the team at ChiroHealthUSA and for our doctors, our staff, and the patients we serve. While there is a lot of information out there from the CDC, WHO, and local governments, I was interested in material specific to not only my practices, but helpful for the entire profession.

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