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Vaccine mandates: The final blow for nursing homes?

In an effort to quell the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, President Biden has announced a series of new measures that seek to bolster the United States’ healthcare and financial response to the virus. In addition to recommending vaccine booster shots, the measures include new regulations requiring all employees of nursing homes to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if such nursing homes participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. While the logic of requiring health care workers who engage with those most vulnerable to COVID-19 has a clear appeal, the consequences of the new regulations could prove devastating for nursing homes. Read more…