CMS Releases Guidance on Implementing Additional Precautions for Unvaccinated Staff Under CMS Vaccine Mandate
- By: Danielle Watford
- On: 02/11/2022 11:00:54
- In: COVID-19
It is important to keep in mind that facilities are not required to follow all the precautions listed by CMS in the QSO memo. However, they should be intentional about establishing appropriate policies around additional precautions and take a layered approach based on risk of COVID-19 transmission to residents they serve. For example, facilities may choose to test all unvaccinated staff at a higher frequency than required by CMS or CDC guidance, but only require unvaccinated staff with direct contact with residents to wear N95 masks.
In addition, facilities may want to reassign unvaccinated frontline caregivers to residents who are not at particularly high risk for negative outcomes due to COVID-19.
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