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Interim Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released guidance on the Omnibus COVID-19 health care staff vaccination interim final rule that was published on November 5, 2021. The emergency regulation helps safeguard health care workers and the people they serve from COVID-19 and its variants for all individuals seeking care. This is done by imposing requirements regarding vaccinations for eligible staff at health care facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

This guidance provides important information on implementation as well as guidelines to assess and maintain compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for health care workers at facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

CMS just released an Interim Final Rule With Comment Period (IFC-6) requiring COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities. Please join John Blum, CMS’s Principal Deputy Administrator, and Dr. Lee Fleisher, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, in a discussion of this important rule.

When:   Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:00 pm–3:00 pm ET

Who should attend: Leaders and administrators of Medicare and Medicaid Certified Facilities as well as representatives of those who work in such facilities.

RSVP Here. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Questions: Please submit questions in advance, with the Subject heading “IFC-6 Stakeholder Call Question” here. On the call, we will answer as many of the questions received by noon as possible. We’ll also post a subsequent FAQ document.

Web links:

Press Release

To view a list of frequently asked questions, visit here. External FAQs are also posted to CMS Current Emergencies Page under ‘Clinical & Technical Guidance for All Health Care Providers.’

Interim Final Rule with Comment Period in Federal Register: web page and PDF forms.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period that will establish a new COVID-19 treatments add-on payment (NCTAP) under the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), which is effective from November 2, 2020, until the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19. To mitigate potential financial disincentives for hospitals to provide new COVID-19 treatments during the COVID-19 PHE, the Medicare program will provide an enhanced payment for eligible inpatient cases that involve the use of certain new products with current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval or emergency use authorization to treat COVID-19. Comments will be accepted until the close of business on January 4, 2021.