COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Implementation Timeline, Infographic, Decision Tree, and FAQs Updated (1/22)

CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Rule- Implementation Timeline (PDF) (1/19/22) COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Requirements Infographic (PDF) (1/19/22) COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Requirements Decision Tree Graphic (PDF) (PDF) (1/19/22) CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Requirements FAQ (PDF) (1/21/22) UPDATED The three related guidance memos: QSO-22-11 ALL -Injunction Lifted (PDF) …

CMS QSO Memo: COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Guidance for Texas (1/22)

There are three guidance memos. One for one group of states (QSO-22-07-ALL), one for a second group of states (QSO 22-09-ALL), and this new one that is specific to Texas: Guidance for the Interim Final Rule – Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Memorandum Summary • …

CISA: Implement Cybersecurity Measures Now to Protect Against Potential Critical Threats (1/22)

This CISA Insights is intended to ensure that senior leaders at every organization in the United States are aware of critical cyber risks and take urgent, near-term steps to reduce the likelihood and impact of a potentially damaging compromise. All organizations, regardless of sector or size, should immediately implement the …

AMDA Guidance for Medical Exemptions to COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Mandates (1/22)

Columbia, MD – Workers in Medicare- or Medicaid-funded health-care provider organizations are now required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of participation in Medicare and Medicaid. Employees/ practitioners may request exemptions from such vaccine mandates for medical or sincerely held …

CMS QSO Memo: Omnibus COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Implementation Rules for More States (1/22)

Guidance for the Interim Final Rule – Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Memorandum Summary • CMS is committed to ensuring America’s healthcare facilities respond effectively in an evidence-based way to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE). • On November 05, 2021, CMS …

HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Effective Jan. 16, 2022

As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service …

US Supreme Court Clears Way for Nationwide Implementation of Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate (1/22)

Statement by CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Vaccine Requirements January 13, 2022 “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extremely pleased the Supreme Court recognized CMS’ authority to set a consistent COVID-19 vaccination standard for workers in facilities that participate in Medicare …

CMS Will Post Staff Turnover & Weekend Staffing Levels on Care Compare in January and Add to Five-Star in July

Memo # QSO-22-08-NH Posting Date 2022-01-07 Fiscal Year 2022 Summary CMS will begin posting the following information for each nursing home on the Medicare.gov Care Compare website: Weekend Staffing: The level of total nurse and registered nurse (RN) staffing on weekends provided by each nursing home over a quarter. Staff …

Nursing Home Visitation FAQs From CMS Updated (1/22)

CMS is providing clarification to recent guidance for visitation (see CMS memorandum QSO-20-39- NH REVISED 11/12/2021). While CMS cannot address every aspect of visitation that may occur, we provide additional details about certain scenarios below. However, the bottom line is visitation must be permitted at all times with very limited …