Texas Providers: Guidance for the IFR – Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare As expected, CMS issued QSO-22-11-ALL on January 20, 2022 now that the Texas injunction has been lifted. This QSO contains the same guidance verbiage as the two previous Memorandums (see above in the Summary) but the compliance dates are different for the state of Texas because…… Continue reading Texas Providers: Guidance for the IFR – Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination

Updated CDC COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC updated Quarantine and Isolation on January 20, 2022. Keep reading as this is an extensive landing page of information including: Who does/does not need to quarantineAfter quarantineQuarantine in high-risk congregate settingsWhat to do for isolationEnding isolationEnding isolation for people who had COVID-19 and had symptoms/had…… Continue reading Updated CDC COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Information

Texas Lawsuit Against CMS Vaccine Mandate Dismissed – HC Workers Must Vaccinate Along with the Staff in the Other 49 States

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Early afternoon on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, Bloomberg Law reported this news (italics added by me): “The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for health workers is now enforceable across the U.S. after a federal court Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Texas, the only state that didn’t have to…… Continue reading Texas Lawsuit Against CMS Vaccine Mandate Dismissed – HC Workers Must Vaccinate Along with the Staff in the Other 49 States

CMS Updates HC Staff Vaccination Mandate Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The following items have been updated and are found on the CMS Current Emergencies website: CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Rule- Implementation Timeline  COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Requirements Infographic COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Requirements Decision Tree Graphic You’ll also see this on…… Continue reading CMS Updates HC Staff Vaccination Mandate Information

Statement from Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on Supreme Court Ruling on OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On January 13, 2022, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard on vaccination and testing: “I am disappointed in the court’s decision, which is a major setback…… Continue reading Statement from Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on Supreme Court Ruling on OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing

CDC Updates Consumer Mask Website

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, January 14, 2022, CDC updated the consumer webpage describing the types of masks and respirators used to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Masking is a critical public health tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is important to remember that any mask is…… Continue reading CDC Updates Consumer Mask Website

Updates to CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines in Healthcare and Non-healthcare Settings

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you missed this COCA call last Thursday, January 13, 2022, you can listen at your convenience and obtain the corresponding slides as well here.  If you’re just looking for the slide deck, click here. Lots of great information in this as well as all COCA…… Continue reading Updates to CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines in Healthcare and Non-healthcare Settings

Updated Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated this toolkit again.  The 220-page toolkit (version 25) carries a date of December 2021 and was posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. If you’re not familiar with the toolkit, it’s a valuable resource!  Here’s a look at the Table of Contents: This document…… Continue reading Updated Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes

Guidance for Interim Final Rule for Remaining 24 States: Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late afternoon Friday, January 14, 2022, CMS posted QSO-22-09-ALL for the remaining 24 states not already covered by QSO-22-07-ALL.  See the 4th bullet in the Memorandum Summary below:   The remaining state not covered by the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination regulation – Texas –…… Continue reading Guidance for Interim Final Rule for Remaining 24 States: Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination