CMS Updates Regulations Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Healthcare Staff

The new changes to regulations withdrew the requirement for vaccination.

By HFT Staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released regulatory changes to the COVID-19 healthcare staff vaccination requirements and long-term care facility testing requirements. The rule withdrew the COVID-19 healthcare staff vaccination requirements including removing the requirement for COVID-19 vaccination policies and procedures for healthcare staff. CMS’ quality measures assessing the proportion of healthcare workers who are vaccinated for COVID-19 remain in place. CMS proposed updated versions of the measures in several fiscal year 2024 payment rules this spring. The rule also eliminated long-term care facility COVID-19 testing requirements which had already expired in regulation but requires staff and residents of long-term care facilities be educated on the vaccine and its benefits. AHA members will receive a Special Bulletin with additional analysis.   

June 5, 2023

Topic Area: Infection Control

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