Author Archives: Liz Seegert and Kerry Dooley Young

About Liz Seegert and Kerry Dooley Young

Liz Seegert, based in New York City, is AHCJ’s topic leader on aging. Kerry Dooley Young is an independent journalist and AHCJ's core topic leader on patient safety.

Federal funds at stake as Biden Administration seeks to require vaccines for nursing home workers

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Is a new push by the Biden Ad­min­i­stra­tion to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among nursing home workers the right approach? While patient, resident and industry advocates are mostly supportive, others are alarmed by even the vague outline of the rule recently announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

President Biden asked CMS to issue an emergency declaration on August 18 to mandate that workers at the nation’s more than 15,000 nursing homes that receive Medicare and Medicaid dollars get the COVID-19 vaccine or put the facility’s federal funding at risk. Continue reading