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New COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Standard

On January 27, 2022, in accordance with the phased-in approach and the established timelines for all states, The Joint Commission began surveying to the “Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination” interim final rule published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the November 5, 2021 Federal Register. This rule affected the following Joint Commission deemed programs: Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals, Home Care, Home Infusion Therapy, and Hospice.

Effective July 1, 2022, The Joint Commission will score its new Standard IC.02.04.02 related to COVID-19 vaccination for health care staff, along with the applicable Medicare conditions of participation/conditions for coverage.

Prepublication Standards - Effective July 1, 2022