Suppliers are in trouble after COVID-19 vaccine authorization is suspended
After a federal judge in Louisiana, hospitals and health systems are at a standstill Temporarily blocked The authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for healthcare workers has brought relief and uncertainty to some providers.
this AuthorizationAccording to Tuesday’s ruling, the preliminary injunction can still be restored.The federal government has appealed the decision, even if the court finally ruled Republican officials who tried to invalidate President Joe Biden’s policy is likely to be appealed by the government. Other courts are considering similar lawsuits filed by other Republican officials. Laurel Cornell, a partner at Fisher Phillips Law Firm, said that this issue may be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued an injunction a few weeks before the Medicare and Medicaid Services Center enforced the rule. Healthcare companies that receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement must fully vaccinate their employees by January 4, and workers must receive at least one dose of the vaccine by December 4. According to the regulations, employers who do not comply with the regulations may lose their medical insurance and Medicaid certification.
For some hospitals and systems that do not require workers to vaccinate themselves, this neighborhood can ease tensions. At East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, after CMS announced its authorization, the vaccination rate for employees increased by approximately 15%. But about 20 workers plan to resign instead of being vaccinated. President and CEO Matt Schafer said that the 152-bed non-profit hospital is contacting them to let them know that they can keep their jobs and are expected to return to work.
Schaefer said that uncertainty in vaccination rules is in many ways typical of pandemic responses. He said that employees will continue to “will accept changes despite confusion and emotions.”
Rich Rasmussen, president and chief executive officer of the Montana Hospital Association, said that the ban may ease the shortage of personnel, and Montana Hospital breathed a sigh of relief. COVID-19 vaccine regulations Did not cause a large-scale exodus From the health care workforce so far, but operations in several places across the country have been interrupted Staff shortage rich.
“Hopefully this will give everyone more time to reassess their personal views on vaccines, and of course there are now Omi Kron There are variants, and I think people will revisit vaccines,” Rasmussen said.
Montana is one of them Twelve states New laws that directly conflict with CMS rules. Although federal policy usually takes precedence over state and local laws, the authorization suspension eliminates some confusion about how to comply with the dueling policy.
Carrie Williams, a spokesperson for the Texas Hospital Association, said that many Texas hospitals are still continuing, as if the rules are still in effect.
“Our hospital does not want to violate federal or state government regulations,” said Mary Mayhew, president and CEO of the Florida Hospital Association.Florida adoption A law allows workers to be exempted from vaccine requirements outside the scope of what CMS allows.
Nonetheless, the ban is temporary, and the Biden administration may win in court, leaving suppliers unsure of what will happen next.
At the Scottish County Hospital in Memphis, Missouri, CEO Dr. Randy Tobler was frustrated that his team had spent time and energy complying with regulations that could be abandoned. He said the hospital must also consider how to deal with some vaccinated employees. He said that when the federal authorization came into effect, about a dozen Scottish county hospital employees received their first injection or exemption before Tuesday. Tobler will encourage them to complete the vaccine series during this period, but does not know what will happen if the authorization is restored.
Cornell said healthcare employers should continue to act like vaccine rules because the legal situation may change quickly. If the policy is reformulated, the deadline may change, but the company should be prepared to act quickly. she says. She said companies also need to pay attention to state and local laws that mandate vaccinations for health care workers, which are not affected by federal lawsuits.
The University of Iowa hospitals and clinics will continue their internal vaccination efforts, but unless CMS regulations are restored or local competitors jointly develop a unified policy, immunizations will not be required, CEO Suresh Gunasekaran said.
“We are not interested in creating our own standards. I think this will cause a lot of confusion, and I don’t think it will achieve the goal,” Gunasekaran said.Given the high Use temporary employees He said that in healthcare settings during a pandemic, different policies among healthcare employers in the market can cause confusion.