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CMS to Issue Emergency Regulation Requiring Nursing Home Staff to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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On Aug. 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced it is developing an emergency regulation requiring staff vaccinations within the nation’s more than 15,000 Medicare and Medicaid-participating nursing homes.

CMS will undergo the necessary steps in the rule-making process over the course of the next several weeks and expects to issue the rule in September. CMS also expects nursing home operators to use all available resources to support employees in getting vaccinated, including employee education and vaccination clinics, as they work to meet this staff vaccination requirement.