Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Newsletter
October 2021

ARS Regulatory Alerts

CIHQ-ARS notifies member organizations of any new or modified accreditation standard, or CMS COP for acute care hospitals. Each alert summarizes the standard / regulation, likely impact to members, and recommends compliance strategies. Whenever possible, alerts are limited to one-page in length so that they can be quickly read and disseminated.

New Regulatory Alert

Alert Date
September 9, 2021
Alert Subject
CMS to Implement Presidental Mandate on COVID Vaccination for Healthcare Workers
Source
CIHQ TJC OSHA NFPA
CMS CDC NIOSH Other:
Alert Background
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced today that emergency regulations requiring vaccinations for nursing home workers will be expanded to include hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies, among others, as a condition for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The decision was based on the continued and growing spread of the virus in health care settings, especially in parts of the U.S. with higher incidence of COVID-19.
CMS is developing an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period that will be issued in October. CMS expects certified Medicare and Medicaid facilities to act in the best interest of patients and staff by complying with new COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Health care workers employed in these facilities who are not currently vaccinated are urged to begin the process immediately. Facilities are urged to use all available resources to support employee vaccinations, including employee education and clinics, as they work to meet new federal requirements.
Discussion & Recommendations
To view the discussion & recommendations CIHQ Accredited Hospitals can download this alert in its entirety when logged-in/connected to your facility's CIHQ intranet site. All alerts are archived in the CIHQ intranet site for future access and reference.
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» CIHQ accredits a variety of healthcare organizations throughout the United States and abroad. Visit CIHQ.org to learn more, and to apply.

New Regulatory Alert

Alert Date
September 20, 2021
Alert Subject
CDC Issues Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Individuals Evacuated from Afghanistan
Source
CIHQ TJC OSHA NFPA
CMS CDC NIOSH Other:
Alert Background
As of September 20, 2021, CDC has been notified by public health departments of 16 measles cases among the evacuees. All patients confirmed to have measles have been isolated and provided care, and their contacts have been quarantined. Contacts who were not immune were given the MMR vaccine or, if not vaccine-eligible, immunoglobulin. Evacuees who are in the United States are required to be vaccinated with MMR and complete a 21-day quarantine from the time of vaccination at U.S. “Safe Haven” designated locations, such as military bases. Some evacuees left bases before measles cases were identified and a mass vaccination campaign began. In addition, some evacuees who arrived in the United States early in the repatriation and resettlement process were transported to locations other than the current eight bases for temporary housing.
Discussion & Recommendations
To view the discussion & recommendations CIHQ Accredited Hospitals can download this alert in its entirety when logged-in/connected to your facility's CIHQ intranet site. All alerts are archived in the CIHQ intranet site for future access and reference.
Not a CIHQ Accredited Facility?
» CIHQ accredits a variety of healthcare organizations throughout the United States and abroad. Visit CIHQ.org to learn more, and to apply.