News to Know – May 2015
OSHA Updates Guidance for Preventing Violence Against Health Care Workers
Health care and social service workers are almost four times as likely to be injured as a result of work-related violence as the average American worker.
To assist employers in their prevention efforts, OSHA recently released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers. The updated guidelines include industry best practices and incorporate the most effective ways to reduce the risk of violence in a range of healthcare and social service settings.
The revised guidelines incorporate new research that has been conducted since the last updates were made back in 2004 on topics such as:
- Causes of workplace violence in healthcare and social service settings
- Risk factors that accompany working with patients or clients who display violent behavior
- Appropriate preventive measures that can be taken
- Keeping your company and team abreast of updates like these can keep your employees and your organization safe. If you have any questions about preventing violence against health care workers, or OSHA guidelines, contact the trusted team at Conner Insurance. To obtain a copy of the new guidelines, visit https://www.osha.gov.
HHS Issues Final Rule Affecting ACA for 2016
On Feb. 27, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016. This final rule describes benefit and payment parameters applicable to the 2016 benefit year, including standards relating to:
- The reinsurance program’s annual contribution rate for 2016;
- The 2016 open enrollment period for individual policies; and
- The 2016 annual limitations on cost-sharing