The Biden-Harris Administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect both them and patients from the virus and its more contagious Delta variant. Facilities across the country should make efforts now to get health care staff vaccinated to make sure they are in compliance when the rule takes effect.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced today that emergency regulations requiring vaccinations for nursing home workers will be expanded to include hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies, among others, as a condition for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The decision was based on the continued and growing spread of the virus in health care settings, especially in parts of the U.S. with higher incidence of COVID-19.
- CMS Omnibus Rule for Health Care Staff
- The CMS Omnibus Rule applies to Medicare and Medicaid-certified agencies that are regulated by federal Conditions of Participation (CoPs). It does not apply to agencies that provide only CFI or private duty services.
- All eligible staff must be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.
- Medicare & Medicaid Programs: Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Interim Final Rule with Comment Period
- CMS Omnibus Vaccination Rule FAQs
- CMS News Release
- OSHA COVID-19 Health Care ETS
- If agencies are not subject to the Omnibus Rule above, then OSHA’s COVID-19 Health Care ETS (29.CFR 1910.502) which went into effect on June 21, 2021, likely applies. OSHA has determined that the Health Care ETS remains necessary due to the grave danger of COVID-19 in health care. OSHA will assess the need for this ETS monthly.
- OSHA Health Care ETS FAQ
- Is Your Workplace Covered by OSHA’s COVID-19 Healthcare ETS?
- Agencies that receive federal contract funds may be subject to the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors
- OSHA ETS for Businesses
- If none of the above regulations apply, and the agency has more than 100 employees, the agency is subject to the OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Emergency Temporary Standard
- OSHA Vaccination & Testing ETS FAQ
- OSHA Vaccination & Testing ETS Fact Sheet
Vaccine Mandate Information Session, November 10, 12 PM
We’re hosting an information session in light of the recent White House announcement mandating all healthcare staff must be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. To support your success, you will hear from providers who have neared or reached 100% staff vaccination rates and get assistance organizing and tracking vaccinations with a tool created by AHRQ.