How Will the Federal Vaccine Mandate Affect Your Post-Acute or Long-Term Care Facility?

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As many of you are aware by now, the Biden Administration expanded vaccination requirements to cover all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities as of September 9, 2021. This announcement is different from the original mandate, which only required nursing home facilities to have their staff fully vaccinated with no mention of other health care settings such as home health agencies or hospitals having similar requirements.  

With the expansion of the vaccine mandate, there will be certain business implications that will affect your facility. As more people get vaccinated, the desire to return to a sense of normalcy can be felt across the country. Hospitals are able to start ramping up elective surgeries, which means that when patients no longer require acute care, they will be looking to your facility for support.  Vaccinated individuals will be able to visit their loved ones in your facility, and patients will no longer have to recover without the support of their families by their sides. 

While many of the implications of the mandate are positive, there might also be some talent acquisition and retention challenges that arise due to vaccine hesitancy. Here’s a closer look: 

What should you do if your employees are still refusing

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