Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AHCA/NCAL Submits Comments on OSHA Proposed Rule

Lyn Bentley

In November 2012, CMS issued a proposed rule that requires electronic submission of workplace injuries and illnesses. Ultimately, OSHA intends to make all the electronically submitted information available to the public on the OSHA website. AHCA/NCAL submitted comments as well as signing onto a letter of the Coalition for Workplace Safety. AHCA/NCAL’s comments expressed serious concerns related to patient/resident privacy and inappropriate use of the information by third parties. The Coalition’s letter recommends OSHA withdraw the rule and provides numerous reasons for this request – including OSHA’s lack of legal authority to impose the requirements in the proposed rule.

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