Educate your team on the CDC's guidelines and encourage everyone to follow best practices — washing hands with soap, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask.
Provide tools to help. Make personal protective equipment available — like masks or gloves — install hand sanitizer stations, or implement handwashing breaks.
Review your sick leave policy to determine if any changes should be made. Let your employees know that what’s safest for everyone is that they stay home when they’re not feeling well. If necessary, educate employees on your paid time off or sick policy to make people feel more comfortable taking time off when sick.
Make changes to your physical workspace to allow for social distancing, if you can. Space out employees’ work stations, hold virtual meetings when more than a handful of people are needed, and limit the number of people in confined areas — like conference rooms, breakrooms, cafeterias, etc.
If you can, stagger employees’ arrival and departure times. This will help reduce the number of people who gather in lobbies, elevator banks, and other public spaces.
Clean. Clean. And clean some more. Make sure you thoroughly clean and disinfect your workplace, especially those frequently touched areas, kitchenette sinks, microwaves, refrigerator handles, etc. Consider having disinfectant wipes available for employees to wipe down their workspaces and meeting rooms.
This test is used to diagnose patients suspected of having Coronavirus and requires a quick swab of the nose.
This test identifies a prior Coronavirus infection by detecting antibodies’ in the blood. It is done through a blood draw or a quick finger prick to obtain the blood sample.
As you can see, with so many shortcomings, testing isn't an effective "back-to-the-workplace" strategy. Instead, consider the precautions we outlined above to keep your workplace safe and your employees healthy.
There have been no changes in federal requirements regarding the proper handling of protected health information (PHI). We are monitoring communications from the Department of Health and Human Services on this subject and will adjust our current practices as needed if deviations from current requirements are authorized.
Yes. Highmark can provide group health plan administrators with the names of their members who have been tested, presuming we have received claims for the tests and can identify them. You will be invoiced for the claims and have the right to know the identities of individuals for whom you are paying claims in order to properly administer their plans.
No. Highmark cannot provide any test results, positive or negative. If we receive corresponding claims for any COVID-19 hospitalizations or other treatments, we cannot provide anything more than what you would receive in the course of your usual invoicing process.
Extend current COVID treatment waivers through 12/31/21 in all markets (PA, WV, DE and NY) and all lines of business. Highmark is waiving member cost sharing for in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 for fully insured groups. This includes any deductibles, coinsurance, and copays.
The opt-out period for self-funded groups ended on March 22, 2021.
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