White House Releases Rules on Vaccine Mandates in Healthcare Settings

On Nov. 4, the Biden administration released two long-anticipated rules mandating COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace.

The first rule, released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), requires that healthcare workers at facilities participating in Medicaid and Medicare be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022. 

This rule covers hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis facilities, home health agencies, and long-term care facilities and applies to both clinical and non-clinical staff. Physician offices are not subject to this rule unless they are part of a larger system. The rule goes into effect immediately but is open for public comment for 60 days.

The second rule, released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), requires employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that all workers are either vaccinated or undergo COVID-19 testing weekly by Jan. 4, 2022. 

This rule requires employers to either develop and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, or to develop and enforce a policy requiring non-vaccinated employees to undergo weekly testing and wear face masks in the workplace. Employers are required to obtain proof of vaccination for each employee and maintain records of employee vaccination status. This rule is effective immediately but is open for public comment for 30 days.

Stay tuned to MMA News Now for additional resources on complying with both rules. For more information on the CMS rule, click here. For more information on the OSHA rule, click here