CMS Close to COVID Vaccine Rules for Home Health Agencies

Posted Sunday, October 24, 2021

CMS revealed last week that it was in the rulemaking stage of a collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the establishment of a federal vaccine mandate.

Last Monday, Dr. Lee Fleisher, CMS’ chief medical officer and director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ), confirmed that the agency is slated to release its guidelines in late October. Fleisher did so while appearing at the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care’s (NASL) annual meeting.

This means that Medicare-certified home health providers should expect CMS to release guidance any day now.

“CMS will soon issue the emergency regulation requiring staff vaccinations within the nation’s more than 15,000 Medicare and Medicaid-participating nursing homes and Medicare and Medicaid-certified health care providers that are regulated under CMS regulations, but we cannot comment on the specifics of the pending regulations as we are in the active rulemaking process,” a CMS spokesperson told Home Health Care News in an email. “There will be a 60-day comment period that will begin when the regulation is published in the Federal Register for the public to share their feedback with CMS.”

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