CMS will NOT be enforcing staff vaccination requirements between now and the effective date of this rule.
The rule finalizes provisions of the May 2021 interim final rule requiring nursing homes to educate residents and staff on COVID-19 vaccination, and offer or assist with accessing COVID-19 vaccination for any residents and staff who accept.
The rule also removes expired language from the May 2020 testing rule that expired with the end of the public health emergency.
LeadingAge reminds members that testing for COVID is still required in accordance with “accepted national standards” under 42 CFR Section 483.80 Infection Control.
LeadingAge is working to release a more comprehensive review of this final rule in the coming days. See our June 2 article with detailed information on the impact of the mandate ending for nursing homes.