The Biden Administration announced September 9 it “will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities," and that this requirement would apply to “clinical staff, individuals providing services under arrangements, volunteers, and staff who are not involved in direct patient, resident, or client care.”
There is not enough information at this time to know whether this requirement will impact all physician practices that receive Medicare and Medicaid dollars. The administration, through CMS, will release more details as it implements the requirements through the regulatory process. APMA expects that CMS will issue an interim final rule with comment period in October.
In the meantime, the following information may be helpful:
As a separate component of President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan, the Department of Labor through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been tasked with issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement a requirement that all employers with 100 or more employees ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or that unvaccinated workers produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis. As such, clinical practices with 100 or more employees will likely be subject to this requirement. The OSHA ETS is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
APMA will keep members informed about these matters as the Biden Administration releases more details.