Yesterday the WI Department of Health Services’ Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) issued the following information to all DQA regulated providers regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule (released on Nov. 4, 2021), which requires COVID-19 vaccination for most healthcare workers at certain healthcare facilities certified by CMS:
On November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new emergency rule related to a COVID-19 vaccination requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-certified health care providers and suppliers. Specifically, it requires all health care providers and suppliers that participate in a federally certified Medicare and Medicaid program under Conditions of Participation (COP) to develop a plan/process to vaccinate all staff with a first dose or single dose of COVID-19 vaccine by December 6, 2021. All eligible staff must be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.
The Emergency regulations apply to the following Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers/suppliers:
The regulation does not apply to:
The vaccination requirement applies to eligible staff working at a facility that participates in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact. This includes:
CMS has provided additional information about the COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule in a FAQ document.
CMS expects state survey agencies to conduct onsite compliance reviews of these requirements during recertification surveys and complaint surveys. Surveyors will check to determine if a facility has met the three basic requirements:
CMS will host a second stakeholder call TODAY, November 10, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST. To register in advance, visit the CMS Webinar Registration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please note that CMS can only accommodate 10,000 participants so register early to guarantee your participation.
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