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On January 13, 2022, by a vote of 5-4, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a pair of injunctions that had prevented implementation of the CMS Vaccine Mandate in 24 states. The Supreme Court’s ruling means that, for now, the CMS Vaccine Mandate should be in effect nationwide.1

How Did We Get Here?

On November

To assist health care providers that will soon be required to enforce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued guidance on December 28, 2021 regarding updated timelines for compliance and available enforcement remedies.

As noted in our December 16, 2021 alert, the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim

A nationwide injunction that prevented a health care worker COVID-19 vaccine mandate from taking effect has now been narrowed by a federal appellate court to apply only in the states involved in the lawsuits against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

As outlined in our prior alert, a federal judge in Louisiana

In a preliminary injunction issued on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, a federal judge in Louisiana temporarily blocked the implementation and enforcement of an interim final rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would require employees of Medicare and Medicaid certified health care providers and suppliers to have an initial COVID vaccine

In a preliminary injunction issued on Monday, November 29, 2021, a federal judge in Missouri blocked the implementation and enforcement in 10 states of an interim final rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would require employees of Medicare and Medicaid certified health care providers and suppliers to have an initial

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rulerequiring vaccination of all staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare & Medicaid programs, regardless of responsibility or patient contact.

The following summarizes who must abide by the regulations and

On September 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offered updates regarding its Provider Relief Fund program, including $25.5 billion in new funding that will soon be made available to health care providers.

Here is what you need to know:

Additional $25.5 Billion in Funding

Starting September 29, 2021, health care

On January 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opened the reporting portal for individuals who had received Provider Relief Funds (PRF) from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The portal is currently open for “registration” only. HHS has not yet set up the reporting portion of the portal

An additional $20 billion in “Provider Relief Funds” is being made available pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through a “Phase 3” General Distribution. However, time is running out for health care providers to apply to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for these funds. The application deadline

On June 1, 2020 CMS published QSO-20-31-All. It is effective immediately and provides in part as follows:

(1) States will need to perform focused infection control surveys (FICS) of 100% of the certified nursing homes in their State by July 31, 2020 or lose access to certain federal funding.

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