New OSHA and CMS rules outline vaccination requirements for health care workers

On Nov. 4, the Biden Administration announced the details of two policies to help fight COVID-19 by expanding vaccination requirements, which will affect health care workers in certain settings.

First, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that each of their workers is fully vaccinated or undergoes testing for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis.

Second, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring that health care workers at certain facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid be fully vaccinated. (See the CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule.) The rule only applies to Medicare and Medicaid-certified provider and supplier types that are regulated under the Medicare health and safety standards known as Conditions of Participation (CoPs), Conditions for Coverage (CfCs), or Requirements.

The full article from AAFP can be found here.