Tag: vaccine

CMS will pay for second COVID-19 booster for patients

CMS announced April 6, 2022, that it will pay for a second COVID-19 booster shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. Certain immunocompromised individuals and people ages 50 years and older who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago are eligible for another booster to increase their protection against severe disease […]

Workforce shortages identified as top patient concern of 2022

Staffing shortfalls were already a concern prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but they have reached crisis levels during the pandemic, according to ECRI. ECRI released a report March 14, 2022, on the Top 10 patient safety concerns of 2022 across health care settings. ECRI is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the safety, quality, […]

Multi-state agency shares employee vaccine incentives

Southeast post-acute provider PruittHealth recently released its 2021 COVID-19 report, offering a look at its efforts during the pandemic, including the perks it has offered to employees to promote vaccination. Incentives included: The Protect Bonus, which granted all full-time employee partners $100 when their health care center achieved a 90% vaccination rate. The Hero Bag, […]

Final deadline arrives for vaccine mandate in 25 states

For health care providers in 25 states, the deadline arrived Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, for phase 2 compliance with the CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule. States covered include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, […]

CMS issues vaccine mandate for surveyors

A new requirement for surveyors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 comes with an important requirement for providers: You can’t ask surveyors to show proof of their vaccination status. CMS is requiring that any surveyor who is not fully vaccinated should not participate in onsite surveys of certified providers and suppliers, including accreditation surveys performed under […]

OSHA’s next move: Agency at work on permanent COVID-19 safety standard

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is moving forward with plans to issue a permanent rule aimed at requiring employees of large businesses to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly testing. OSHA announced on January 25 it is withdrawing the emergency temporary standard (ETS) it issued on November 5 and that […]

CMS Vaccine Mandate: Deadlines now set for all states

Medicare and Medicaid providers in the 24 states involved in the court challenges at the center of the Supreme Court decision on January 13 now have fresh deadlines to implement their COVID-19 vaccine mandates. And CMS issued the last deadlines, for Texas providers, on Jan. 20. In a message to surveyors Jan. 14, 2022, CMS […]

CMS Vaccine Mandate: Deadlines set for states impacted by court decision

Medicare and Medicaid providers in the 24 states involved in the court challenges at the center of the Supreme Court decision on January 13 now have fresh deadlines to implement their COVID-19 vaccine mandates. In a message to surveyors Jan. 14, 2022, CMS issued new 30- and 60-day deadlines for compliance for agencies in Alabama, […]

Supreme Court allows CMS vaccine mandate

The Supreme Court will allow a CMS rule mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees of certified Medicare and Medicaid health care providers to move ahead, granting a stay of injunctions brought in two lower courts hearing challenges to the rule. The CMS rule requires agencies to put policies and procedures in place for employee vaccination […]

CMS sets new deadlines for vaccine mandate compliance

CMS is moving ahead with employee vaccine requirements in states and territories where the policy has not been enjoined by the courts. According to updated guidance, agencies are expected to have implemented phase 1 of the policy by Jan. 27, 2022, with full compliance expected by Feb. 28, 2022. The public comment period for the […]