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CMS Issues Emergency Rule Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines for Healthcare Providers by January 4, 2022

The government is forcing the hand of healthcare providers who have dragged their feet on enacting COVID-19 vaccine requirements.  Today, November 4, 2021, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a Rule requiring healthcare providers that participate in Medicare and Medicaid require their workers to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.  Providers must enact a vaccination policy for their workers by December 5, 2021.  Exemptions based on certain medical conditions or religious beliefs will be available.

The interim final rule is excepted to be published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021, but a PDF copy can be found here.

CMS will advise and train state surveyors on how to assess compliance with these new requirements.  This will include staff interviews, review of policies and procedures and how to cite for noncompliance.  Potential penalties could include civil money penalties, denial of payment for new admissions, or termination of the Medicare/Medicaid provider agreement.

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Danielle L. Dietrich SMGG Attorney Pittsburgh, PA
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Danielle L. Dietrich, Shareholder in the Pittsburgh Office of SMGG, focuses her practice in the areas of women and diverse-owned businesses, healthcare, elder law and litigation.  She has a broad range of experience in providing legal counsel and advice to her clients (both large and small), as well as having handled a wide range of disputes and litigation in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

A large portion of Ms. Dietrich’s practice focuses on the representation of women and diverse-owned businesses.  That practice includes assisting these...

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