CMS No Longer Enforcing Staff Vaccination in Long-term Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has permitted the Quality Safety & Oversight Memo (QSO) 23-02-ALL (PDF) to expire, effective retroactively to June 5, 2023.

The memo’s expiration is applicable to following long-term care provider types:

  • Home and Community Support Services Agencies
  • Inpatient Hospice
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions
  • Nursing Facilities

CMS published a final rule (PDF) which ended the requirements related to staff vaccination for all provider types, effective on Aug. 5, 2023. This rule states that CMS will not be enforcing the staff vaccination provisions between June 5 and Aug. 4, 2023.

Effective June 5, 2023, surveyors will no longer assess compliance with these requirements for any providers.

Read the memo details (PDF).