On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, courts in Texas moved to dismiss the case which blocked the CMS requirement that employees at Medicare and Medicaid-certified agencies and facilities be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Texas. The move to dismiss the case followed the Supreme Court’s decision on January 13, 2022, to let CMS enforce the mandate while appeals are considered at lower courts. The CMS vaccine mandate policy is now enforceable in all 50 states.
It is unknown at this time what deadlines will be imposed for Texas providers for the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch for updates from NHPCO on deadlines once they are announced.
Members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization can learn more about the implementation of the vaccine mandate in the NHPCO Regulatory Alert issued on January 18, 2022.