Health care providers and suppliers have their own new requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations. Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interim final rule to require many types of Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers to establish COVID-19 vaccination requirements for their staff. Under the interim final rule, providers must implement policies and procedures to ensure that all staff are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, to provide medical and religious exemptions and related accommodations, and to track and document staff COVID-19 vaccinations. CMS also released guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
The following are excerpts from the FAQs issued with the interim final rule. As you will see, the regulation does not apply to physician’s offices because they are not subject to CMS health and safety regulations. Please read further to confirm your office is not captured under the interim final rule.