Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, covid-19

How Will Medical Assistants Be Impacted by the CMS COVID-19 Vaccination Rule?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its interim final rule with comment period titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination” (CMS vaccination rule) in November 2021. This rule requires the staff of Medicare- or Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Medical assistants must be mindful of federal vaccination requirements. So, in order to combat confusion and misinformation about how this CMS vaccination rule—and other federal vaccination rules—affect medical assistants, my January/February 2022 Public Affairs article answers common questions about the rule.

This article—titled “How Will Medical Assistants Be Impacted by the CMS COVID-19 Vaccination Rule?”—covers many aspects of the CMS vaccination rule including its scope, who is and is not covered, and the effects on externing medical assisting students.

Find the article on the “Public Affairs Articles” webpage.