The Biden-Harris Administration announced on May 1, 2023, that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would soon be eliminating COVID-19 vaccination requirements for healthcare providers. On May 31, 2023, CMS issued the awaited Final Rule. The Final Rule contains two key changes:
- Removes testing requirements issued in the September 2, 2020, Interim Final Rule (IFR); and
- Removes vaccination requirements for healthcare staff as defined in the IFR.
The Final Rule includes ongoing education initiatives, including requiring certain covered providers to provide education around COVID-19 vaccination and offer COVID-19 vaccinations. Read more.