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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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NY Chiropractic Continuing Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The New York State Education Department has developed a webpage containing many frequently asked questions related to the developing COVID-19 situation.  An excerpt from this page as relates to continuing education requirements is included below.

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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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Revised ICA Statement on Vaccine Mandates

Source: https://www.chiropractic.org/cms-press-release-on-vaccine-mandates-please-read/
 

Updated September 13 at 3:30 pm: CMS provided the following information on background regarding clarification on the mandate rule:

“This regulation does not directly apply to physician’s offices as these are not regulated under the provider-specific Medicare health and safety regulatory provisions, generally referred to as “Conditions of Participation.”

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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 Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for Healthcare Workers

At this time, it appears the vaccine mandate will apply to all healthcare workers in hospitals, long term care facilities and nursing homes and will require these facilities to develop and implement a policy mandating employee vaccinations, with limited exceptions for those with religious or medical reasons.

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NY Chiropractic Offices Must Continue to Follow COVID Protocols

NY lifts most COVID restrictions effective 6/15/21; Healthcare settings, including chiropractic offices, must continue to follow previous, in place COVID protocols

As you are already aware, the CDC federal mask mandate remains in effect for pre-K-12 schools, public transit, and healthcare settings in NYS. 

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NY lifts most COVID restrictions effective 6/15/21

Healthcare settings, including chiropractic offices,  must continue to use face masks

Governor Cuomo has announced today that New York has hit a 70% adult vaccination rate. This means that effective immediately the social and commercial restrictions are lifted on all industries, including sports & recreation, construction, manufacturing, trade, child care, camps, food services, offices, real estate, buildings, agriculture, fishing, forestry, amusement & family entertainment, personal care services, gyms, retail, malls and movie theaters.

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New York to Adopt New CDC Guidance on Mask Use

Healthcare facilities must continue to use masks

As everyone is aware, the CDC has updated its guidance regarding the use of face masks.

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Updated Guidance from CDC Regarding Use of Masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear mask in most settings indoor and outdoor.

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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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New York State Chiropractors and Performing COVID-19 Tests

From the NYSCA Executive Director's Office

Re: Can a DC hire a nurse to perform the COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid 10-Minute fingerstick test for antibodies during the current pandemic?

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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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Workers' Compensation Board Update on Telemedicine

As some of you are aware, the availability of telemedicine services for New York's injured workers was set to expire on July 20th.  The NYSCA workers' compensation committee contacted the WCB to ensure telemedicine would remain available for those injured workers who could not seek chiropractic care as a result of COVID-19.

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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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NYSCA Question of the week: Treating patients who have attended protests

A NYSCA member asks: A patient just called to make an appointment; however, they attended a protest a few days ago. Can I see them if they have not demonstrated Covid-19 symptoms?

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NYSCA Announces Safety Plan Workshop for the Removal of Practice Restrictions

In the continued spirit of assisting and advancing the profession, the NYSCA will be holding a workshop to assist those of you who have questions or simply want to join your colleagues virtually in the completion of this vital task. 

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Chiropractic Open For Business - Phase 3 & Massage Therapists

There is a lot of good news happening as New York moves forward. 

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NYSCA Announces Removal of Practice Restrictions

The NYSCA is pleased to share the good news. Updated guidance has been released that chiropractic offices can resume providing the full breadth of chiropractic services. The prior restriction to “emergency chiropractic services” is no longer in place. This was accomplished with the update of the definition of Essential Business being changed to ''chiropractic services". All chiropractic services are now considered essential throughout the entire state of New York.

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