Federal COVID-19 Employer Vaccine Mandate Affects Some Medical Practices

The new federal requirements for employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees have implications for some providers and medical practices. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that facilities including hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies that participate in Medicare and Medicaid must require vaccinations for employees. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to require either full vaccination of staff or weekly testing.

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