CMS Issues Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Professionals

On November 4th, 2021, CMS issued an emergency regulation requiring nursing home staff and other eligible health care professionals to be fully vaccinated by January 4th. Facilities covered under this regulation will be required to implement a vaccine policy by December 6th. Click here for additional details published by CMS.

OSHA Vaccine Requirement Stayed

While CMS is moving forward with its vaccine requirement for front line healthcare professionals, a similar rule that would require employers with 100 or more staff to implement a similar policy has been stayed. OSHA released a rule on November 5th requiring employers to implement a vaccine policy by December 6th, and to ensure employees were either vaccinated or undergoing routine COVID-19 testing and masking if they chose to opt out of the requirement for religious or moral reasons. However, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals implemented a stay on the rule to allow time to review a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. It is uncertain how long the stay will remain in place or how it will impact the timeline outlined in the rule. Click here for additional information as published by the National Law Review.

CMS Updates Guidance on Nursing Facility Visitation

CMS has updated its memorandum that provides guidance to nursing facilities on how to approach visitations during the public health emergency. The updated guidance now permits visitation for all residents at all times. This includes indoor visitation without limitations on the frequency or length of visits for residents. In addition, visitors will still be permitted to enter the facility despite an outbreak investigation. Click here to read the full memorandum issued by CMS.

Medicaid Done Right Community Organization Spotlight

At Medicaid Done Right, our team member of the month selects a community organization to receive a donation from our company on their behalf. This Spotlight showcases these organizations and the wonderful impact they have on their community.

This month’s spotlight goes to ALPHA HOUSE. The mission of ALPHA HOUSE is to provide housing and supportive services to homeless pregnant women and teens, new mothers with infants, and families experiencing crisis pregnancies. In addition, ALPHA HOUSE’s community outreach program has distributed child care items to more than 30,000 families in need. This program provides baby items, children’s clothing, maternity clothes, infant layettes, diapers, baby food and toys to families. Click here to learn more about ALPHA HOUSE and the different ways you can help.

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