Medicare says nursing homes will be required to report COVID-19 vaccination rates for residents and staff, with officials hoping there will be an incentive to facilitate delivering shots even as the worst of the epidemic .
WASHINGTON – Medical personnel will need nursing homes to report COVID-19 vaccination rates for residents and staff, the government said on Tuesday, with officials expecting the facility to deliver shots even as the worst of the epidemic struck. There will be an incentive for
The Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Drs. “We are expecting increased rates of vaccination among residents and staff, as well as transparency for residents and their families,” said Lee Fleischer.
The agency hopes to begin receiving vaccination numbers from nursing homes in the coming weeks and plans to post information on the Internet to allow residents and families to easily access the details. Nursing homes are now required to report COVID-19 cases and deaths but not vaccinations. A relatively small number of facilities voluntarily provide data to the government.
People living in long-term care facilities have incurred a heavy toll from the epidemic. According to estimates by the COVID Tracking Project, they represent about 1% of the US population, but 1 in 3 are killed. Cases and deaths have declined after the government began a concerted effort to vaccinate residents and employees.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 2.9 million nursing home residents and staff are fully vaccinated. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have re-opened family visits after spending a year in lockdown.