Posted Sunday, March 21, 2021

 President Biden issued an executive order that resulted in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launching a program to help keep Americans safe from COVID while at work.

Hospitals, assisted living centers and nursing homes have received the bulk of attention throughout the public health emergency, but OSHA’s new program could now place home health agencies under the microscope, Tory Ian Summey, an associate at law firm Parker Poe, told Home Health Care News.

“You think about the folks that have been cited the most over the last year, and that includes … nursing homes and congregate living facilities,” Summey said. “This is anecdotal, but I haven’t seen a ton of home health companies being cited this year. Still, if you read through the bulletin [OSHA] published on Friday, home health care services is specifically identified as an industry of interest.”

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