By now you may have heard that President Joe Biden announced a six-prong Covid-19 action plan designed to combat the virus and the overwhelming impact of the Delta variant. Among them: staff at all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facilities will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, along with the Centers for Disease Control, are urging all healthcare facilities to begin making efforts to ensure compliance. The agencies stated that emergency regulations announced last month requiring vaccines for the nation’s more than 15,000 Medicare and Medicaid participating nursing homes is being expanded to include hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical centers and home health agencies, among others, as a condition to receiving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
The new requirements will apply to all staff and volunteers regardless of whether they are involved in direct patient care. They will be issued through emergency regulations as an Interim Final Rule which is expected to be published next month. After the rule is published, CMS will begin accepting public comments.