Federal Vaccine Mandate Webinars

Details were released today regarding the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for:

  • health care providers that bill the Medicare and Medicaid programs
  • businesses with 100 or more employees

Two separate webinars are scheduled for today to provide guidance and answer questions.

For Medicare & Medicaid Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule to outline the vaccine requirements that Medicare and Medicaid providers must meet to participate in these programs. Click here for an FAQs document.

CMS officials will host a Zoom briefing today — Thursday, November 4 at 2:00 PM — to provide guidance for stakeholders and answer questions. You may submit questions in advance via email:  [email protected]. Use: "IFC-6 Stakeholder Call Question" in the subject line. The deadline to register for today's briefing is 12:00 PM ET. Click here to register.

For Companies With 100 or More Employees

 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) intended to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers (100 or more employees) from the risk of contracting COVID-19 by strongly encouraging vaccination. Covered employers must develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, or a “vaccinate or mask & test” policy.

 OSHA will hold a Zoom briefing today — Thursday, November 4 at 1:00 PM — to provide an overview of the ETS, offer guidance around implementation, and answer questions. Attendees are encouraged to review OSHA's website for information ahead of the briefing. Click here to register and to submit your questions.

HCP Has you Covered!

HCP’s Public Policy team will be tuning in to both webinars and will provide summaries and relevant links in this week’s edition of the HCP Insider.