On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a rule that now requires long-term care facilities to report weekly vaccination status data for COVID-19 for both residents and staff.
The CMS states that the new vaccination reporting requirement "not only helps monitor uptake among residents and staff, but will also help identify facilities that may need additional resources and / or assistance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing homes were hotspots during the early part of the pandemic and continue to face threats because such facilities serve a vulnerable population, experts have said.
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Such facilities are already required to report COVID-19 tests, case and death data for residents and staff.When data become available, the CMS says they will publish facility-specific information on vaccination status for display of facilities, stakeholders and the public.
The New York Department of Health in April set lagging vaccination levels among staff for long-term care. a new policy for those who do not want to be vaccinated for COVID-19 after discovering that as many as half of such employees have refused to be vaccinated. Under the new policy, workers who refuse the vaccine must sign an exemption.
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