GALION – Employees of healthcare providers like Avita Health System now face the prospect of losing their jobs if they don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Avita Health System employees were told last week that due to a notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), they will have to get vaccinated or lose their jobs with the company. The agency informed Avita that the federal government will no longer pay for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries at Avita facilities, unless all employees in the health care system are vaccinated. Previously, Avita officials had affirmed their commitment to respect the choice of their employees to be vaccinated or not.
Healthcare workers were part of a group that staged a protest against vaccination warrants last weekend in Mansfield.
According to information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal mandate of the Biden-Harris administration applies to the following groups: healthcare personnel, employees, associated physician offices with privileges who provide on-site services, students, volunteers, representatives, salespeople, workers and subcontractors.
In a press release issued earlier this month, CMS officials said: “Facilities covered by this regulation must establish a policy to ensure that all eligible personnel have received the first dose of a vaccine. COVID-19 in two doses or one dose COVID-19. 19 vaccine before providing care, treatment or other services by December 6, 2021. All eligible personnel must have received the necessary vaccines to be fully immunized – either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – by January 4, 2022. The regulations also provide exemptions based on recognized medical conditions or religious beliefs, observances or practices. Facilities should develop a process or similar plan to authorize exemptions under federal law. “
According to the press release, “These requirements will apply to approximately 76,000 providers and cover more than 17 million healthcare workers across the country. The regulations will create a consistent standard within Medicare and Medicaid while giving patients assurance of the immunization status of those providing care. “
The requirements apply to outpatient surgery centers, hospices, all-inclusive care programs for the elderly, hospitals, long-term care facilities, residential psychiatric treatment facilities, intermediate care facilities for the elderly. people with intellectual disabilities, home health agencies, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, critical access hospitals, clinics (rehabilitation agencies and public health agencies as providers of outpatient physiotherapy and speech therapy services), health centers community mental health, home infusion therapy providers, federally qualified rural health clinics / health centers, and end-stage kidney disease treatment facilities.