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Healthcare Snapshot: Staffing and Regulatory Issues Continue to Create Workplace Challenges

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Welcome to another edition of FP’s Healthcare Snapshot. We continue to focus considerable attention on developments exacerbated by COVID-19, particularly those related to staffing and regulatory issues, which persistently challenge industry employers.

COVID-19 Still Causing Havoc

While the pandemic may be waning in many respects ( or is it? ), healthcare employers are still recovering from the unprecedented havoc wreaked by COVID-19. As many front-line caregivers worked through the stress, mental health challenges remain – along with attrition caused by the crisis. Other challenges arise as workers return from remote to on-site work. Even workers who continue to work remotely present potential risks that healthcare employers must be considered . All these factors contribute to the staffing shortages healthcare employers still face.

Although everyone is anxious to see the pandemic end, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been laser-focused on how healthcare employers responded and have continued to emphasize the importance of being prepared for similar future events . Specifically, OSHA has extended its COVID-19 National Emphasis Program for healthcare employers while it prepares to issue and implement a permanent rule .

Nursing homes have been particularly hard-hit by the confluence of regulatory requirements and staffing shortages . […]

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