Press Release Sep 09, 2021

Biden-Harris Administration to Expand Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Settings

Facilities | CMS

What does this mean for you and your practice?


  • The Biden-Harris Administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities as a condition for participating in Medicare or Medicaid


  • All Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities
  • Definition of CMS Facility includes DME suppliers.

When is it final?

  • CMS is developing an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period that will be issued in October.
  • CMS expects certified Medicare and Medicaid facilities to act in the best interest of patients and staff by complying with new COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

This opens a lot more questions:

  • Does this apply to a chiro/MD/PT office?
    • No not currently
  • I am a DME provider, but we are not a large facility does this apply to us?
    • Yes, If you read the definition of facility DME provider is listed.
    • If you read the intent of the rule a DME provider does not seem to fit. However, the definition of facility still applies.
  • Will there be any exemptions for healthcare workers with certain religious beliefs or health care issues?
    • No current guidance
  • Will, there be any exemptions for healthcare workers with certain How will compliance be monitored by CMS?
    • No current guidance
  • Will healthcare facilities be subject to any reporting requirements?
    • No current guidance
  • How much time will healthcare facilities have to get in compliance with the new requirements?
    • No current guidance
  • How will this be enforced?
    • No current guidance



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