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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 […]

NY Gov Gifts Businesses with New Mask Mandate for the Holidays

Citing a “winter surge” in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday, December 10, that a new masking mandate will go into effect on Monday. Read on to understand how your business will be affected by the sudden new requirement, which may scare off both customers and staff alike during […]

Surveyors instructed to hold off on vaccine enforcement

With court orders barring enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, CMS has told state survey agencies that they must not survey providers for compliance with the requirements of the interim final rule. Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination was published Nov. 5, 2021, with expectations that the first phase of the […]

Beware of COVID-19 fraud scams

The OIG is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to COVID-19. Scammers are using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits offering COVID-19 tests, HHS grants, and Medicare prescription cards in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. The OIG recommends the following in order to protect yourself from these scams: […]

CMS will pay for Moderna, J&J boosters

CMS will now pay for the administration of booster shots for all three of the COVID-19 vaccines after FDA and CDC approval for Moderna and J&J vaccines last week, including an additional payment for administering the vaccine in the patient’s home. Boosters of the Moderna and J&J vaccines will be covered from Oct. 20, 2021. […]

Tips for Employers Awaiting Details on New COVID-19 Vaccine Rules

President Biden’s recently announced that all healthcare workers, and employees at companies with over 100 employees must implement vaccine mandates. This announcement has some employers “scrambling,” according to James P. Reidy, an attorney with Sheehan Phinney in Manchester, New Hampshire. They’re asking how the 100-employee threshold is defined, what industries are included, and when the […]

How to Draft a Reasonable COVID-19 Vaccine Policy That Protects Everyone

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, HR leaders must figure out how to craft vaccination policies. According to a recent survey, 44% of employers plan to require vaccination, 31% will encourage vaccination, and 14% will require some employees to get the vaccine. Additionally, more than 60% of companies in the United States will require proof […]