CMS expands COVID-19 requirements for long-term care facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released an interim final rule requiring long-term care facilities in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff, educate them on the benefits and potential side effects, and begin reporting weekly COVID-19 vaccination and treatment data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network by June 13.

The education and vaccination requirements also apply to intermediate care facilities serving clients with intellectual disabilities. In addition, CMS seeks comments on whether to extend the requirements to other congregate living settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric residential treatment facilities and assisted living facilities. For more on the vaccination requirements, see the CMS memorandum to state survey agencies.

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