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Write an email to CMS on the Nursing Home Staff Vaccination Mandate!

On November 5, 2021, an Interim Final Rule: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination was published in the Federal Register.  AHCA will be submitting comments to CMS on your behalf. We are also encouraging nursing home providers (e.g., facility administrators and directors of nursing) to submit comments directly. Your facility’s personal story and perspective often has the greatest impact. 

Please note that this rule is effective as of November 5, 2021, and implementation dates are December 6, 2021, for Phase I and January 4, 2022, for Phase II.  It is critical that members follow this rule accordingly to be in compliance.  Any possible changes to the rule will likely not occur until sometime after the Phase II implementation date. 

Providers should submit their emails no later than December 29, 2021. Instructions are below:

 

***Information to include in your email:*** 

INCLUDE YOUR PERSONAL STORY, CONCERNS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE MANDATE, FOCUSING ON: 

  • Provide your name and your facility name and location. 
  • Comments on the workforce crisis and the impact it is having in reducing access to care and services for beneficiaries. 
  • Provide details on any loss of staff associated with this requirement. 
  • Note personal story explaining the impact this is having on your own facility. 
    • It’s incredibly important that you share personal and specific stories illustrating the practical impact of this rule. 
  • Include what would be helpful such as increasing supply of trained professionals and funding supports for workforce.  
  • Include any suggestions you have such as a time-limited test out option or any other policy suggestions you have. 

  

 

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