3. With the end of the Public Health Emergency, must facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid ensure their staff have received COVID-19 vaccinations?
On May 31, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule rescinding the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination mandate. With this withdrawal, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified healthcare facilities are no longer required to enforce COVID-19 vaccination among staff and contractors. However, CMS noted that it will now use quality reporting measures and incentives to encourage entities to keep workers “up to date” on COVID-19 vaccinations. Moreover, withdrawal of the vaccination requirements does not prohibit facilities from establishing their own internal policies that require COVID-19 staff vaccinations.
4. Where can I find recordings of the ASA Town Halls on COVID-19 topics?
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