IP clarification regarding CDC’s updated guidance for fully vaccinated people:
● CDC updated the Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (May 13, 2021) to advise that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance, except where required by federal, state, local, or tribal laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
● The updated guidance on masking is directed towards the general community and does not apply to healthcare or long-term care settings, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, inpatient rehab facilities, or group homes.
● Staff, patients, residents, and visitors should continue to wear masks and appropriate PPE as recommended in these settings.
● There has been no change in recommendations regarding testing and quarantine following prolonged close contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2 for healthcare personnel, patients, and residents.
● For asymptomatic staff with a higher-risk exposure and patients or residents with prolonged close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection, testing is recommended immediately and 5-7 days after exposure, regardless of vaccination status.
● Fully vaccinated staff with higher-risk exposures who are asymptomatic do not need to be restricted from work for 14 days following their exposure. Work restrictions for fully vaccinated staff with higher-risk exposures should still be considered for staff who have underlying immunocompromising conditions.
● Fully vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings should continue to quarantine following prolonged close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The above bullets are covered in CDC’s Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination (April 27th). Facilities should continue to refer to this document and the DHHS Guidance for Visitation, Quarantine and Communal Activities in Post-Acute Care Facilities for recommendations regarding source control, physical distancing, testing, and quarantine.
COST OF VACCINES
What we Know!
The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.
COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:
● Charge you for the vaccine
● Charge you directly for any administration fees, copays, coinsurance, or the balance of the bill after appropriate reimbursement
● Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network
● Charge an office visit or other fee to the recipient if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination
● Require additional services in order for a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate
COVID-19 vaccination providers can:
● Seek appropriate reimbursement from the recipient’s plan or program (for example, private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid) for a vaccine administration fee
● Seek reimbursement for uninsured vaccine recipients from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program external icon
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