National Vaccine Mandates - They're Here and They Likely Apply to Your Health Center

November 11, 2021

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This webinar is offered free of charge thanks to support from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).

Nearly two months after the release of the Biden Administration’s Path Out of the Pandemic, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have released much anticipated standards and regulations related to vaccine mandates and testing that will be relevant to health centers. On November 4, 2021, OSHA issued a COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) which will require employers with 100 or more employees to have fully vaccinated staff or submit to weekly testing. The ETS also requires employers to provide paid time off for employees to receive and recover from the vaccine. It is estimated that nearly 84 million Americans will be covered by the OSHA ETS. Also on November 4, 2021, CMS issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) requiring that health care workers at Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities be vaccinated, unless they have approved religious or medical exemptions. There is no testing option under the IFR. It is estimated that more than 10,000 Federally Qualified Health Center sites will be covered by the CMS IFR.

Both the OSHA ETS and CMS IFR require that covered staff be vaccinated by January 4, 2022 or face potential fines and other enforcement actions.

In this Industry Update we will evaluate how the ETS and IFR affect health centers and their employees. We will address frequently asked questions around exemptions, testing, paid leave for staff receiving the vaccine and other concerns for health centers.

Target Audience

  • CEOs, COOs, CMOs
  • Clinical Staff
  • Human Resources Managers and Staff
  • Risk Managers
  • Compliance Officers

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify how the CMS IFR and OSHA ETS apply to health centers
  • Review your health center’s current vaccine policy and procedure for compliance with the CMS IFR and/or the OSHA ETS
  • Understand how compliance with the CMS IFR and OSHA ETS will be evaluated
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
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Event starts: 
11/11/2021 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
11/11/2021 - 2:00pm EST


A Partner in the firm’s health law practice group, Molly advises health centers on the management of clinical, employment and workforce-related risks, with a particular focus on professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, and HIPAA matters. From her experience as both a private attorney and in-house counsel, Molly knows the importance of managing liability and risk issues in mission-driven organizations. [Full Bio]


As Partner and Compliance Counsel with the firm’s health law practice group, Dianne advises health centers on implementing effective compliance programs and on addressing top compliance risk areas. Dianne counsels health centers and other organizations on developing compliance programs that include the OIG’s seven elements, respond to identified compliance risk areas, and reflect the organization’s culture.  Dianne also advises health centers and other organizations on patient privacy and confidentiality, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2.  She has experience responding to privacy and security incidents, including determining whether there has been a breach, notifying patients and the government, and creating corrective action plans. [Full Bio]

There are no continuing professional education (CPE) credits associated with this course.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
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