Skilled Nursing Facility Vaccination Mandate: Exacerbating Staffing Shortages and Turnover

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A new regulation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), effective September 30, 2021, will require all staff in Medicare and Medicaid participating long-term care facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Data suggests that the higher the rate of vaccination among staff, the lower the risk of an outbreak.

According to a June 2021 American Healthcare Association (AHCA) survey, 94% of nursing homes are currently facing staffing shortages, with 73% reporting a worsening of the situation since the end of 2020. Staffing shortages and high turnover have compounded the impact of COVID-19, and an excess of non-COVID-related deaths [due to neglect] have been reported...

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