Does the federal Covid mandates apply to homecare nurses?

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NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

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Yes as most Home Health agencies are Medicare and Medicaid certified needing to comply with Medicare Conditions of  Participation (COP) with clients that have Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans (Medicare part C), Medicaid and Medicaid HMO insurance  as  they are billed for skilled home care services, so law applies.

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers can take effect nationwide, Supreme Court says


CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule

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Eligibility
Q: To which provider and supplier types does this apply?

A: The staff vaccination requirement applies to the following Medicare and Medicaid-certified provider and supplier types: Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Community Mental Health Centers, Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Critical Access Hospitals, End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Home Infusion Therapy Suppliers, Hospices, Hospitals, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly Organizations (PACE), Rural Health Clinics/Medicare Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Long Term Care facilities.

 

guest1143647

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Thanks so much. Since Governor Murphy announced last week that healthcare workers must be boosted I assume this still applies to homecare nurses. He only mentioned congregate settings though. 

toomuchbaloney

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1 hour ago, Runsoncoffee99 said:

Thanks so much. Since Governor Murphy announced last week that healthcare workers must be boosted I assume this still applies to homecare nurses. He only mentioned congregate settings though. 

Nurses should voluntarily boost as recommended. 

guest1143647

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So, does NJ Governor Murphy’s mandate for healthcare workers apply to nurses in non congregate settings? 

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

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21 hours ago, Runsoncoffee99 said:

So, does NJ Governor Murphy’s mandate for healthcare workers apply to nurses in non congregate settings? 

Yes.

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Strengthening COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Workers in Health Care and Congregate Settings and Requiring COVID-19 Booster Doses

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GALLOWAY - Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 283, requiring covered workers at health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including having received a booster dose. All covered workers will be required to be vaccinated by the dates set forth in the Order and will no longer be permitted to submit to testing as ...

,,,For purposes of this Order, health care and high-risk congregate settings include:

  • Acute, pediatric, inpatient rehabilitation, and psychiatric hospitals, including specialty hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers
  • Long-term care facilities, including the state veterans homes
  • Intermediate care facilities, including the state developmental centers
  • Residential detox, short-term and long-term residential substance abuse disorder treatment facilities
  • Clinic-based settings like ambulatory care, urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, family planning sites, and opioid treatment programs
  • Community-based health care settings including Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, and pediatric and adult medical day care programs
  • Licensed home health agencies and registered health care service firms operating within the state
  • State and county correctional facilities
  • Secure care facilities and residential community homes operated by the Juvenile Justice Commission
  • Licensed community residences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Licensed community residences for adults with mental illness
  • Certified day programs for individuals with IDD and TBI; and
  • Group homes and psychiatric community homes licensed by DCF 

For purposes of this Order, workers are defined as:

  • Full and part-time employees
  • Contractors
  • Other individuals working in the covered setting, including individuals providing operational, custodial, or administrative support...

Health care facilities’ covered workers subject to the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for health care settings will have until January 27, 2022, to obtain their first dose of the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccination and submit proof that they are up to date with their vaccination by February 28, 2022, which includes having completed their primary series and any booster shots for which they are eligible. This timeline is consistent with the Biden Administration’s federal vaccine mandate for health care settings.

Health care facilities’ covered workers not subject to the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for health care settings and high-risk congregate care covered workers will have until February 16, 2022 to obtain their first dose of the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccination and submit proof that they are up to date with their vaccination by March 30, 2022. ....

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toomuchbaloney

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Nothing like a bit of "Christian satire" to put a point on the source of concern about employment mandates.

Guest219794

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10 hours ago, PMFB-RN said:

Babylon Bee is fake news. 

More accurately, it is satire.
Fake news is yet anther dormant screen name coming to life for the sole purpose promoting the narrative that has worsened this pandemic.