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January 28, 2022
Change to VT Medicaid Admission Notification Form for Inpatient and Detoxification Services
The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) has updated the VT Medicaid Admission Notification Form for Inpatient Psychiatric & Detoxification Services which is required to be faxed within 24 hours or next business day of an urgent or emergent hospital admission. Two questions on Medicare or other insurance coverage have been added. Please begin using this form 01/28/2022. You can access the write in version and the type in version on the DVHA website at: https://dvha.vermont.gov/formsmanuals/forms/clinical-prior-authorization-forms.
Guidance on the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on the Omnibus COVID-19 Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule (http://dvha.vermont.gov/news/guidance-omnibuscovid-19-health-care-staff-vaccination-interim-final-rule) that was published on November 5, 2021. The emergency regulation is intended to help safeguard health care workers and the people they serve from COVID-19 and its variants for all individuals seeking care by imposing requirements regarding vaccinations for eligible staff at many health care facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Health care workers in CMS-certified facilities must be vaccinated. The Interim Final Rule and this CMS guidance apply to nursing homes, home health agencies, hospices, hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, federally qualified health centers, end stage renal disease facilities, and rural health clinics. It does not apply to Designated Agencies. The guidance provides important information on implementation as well as guidelines to assess and maintain compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
More information, including Frequently Asked Questions, may be found under the “Clinical and Technical Guidance for All Health Care Providers” at the following link: https://www.cms.gov/AboutCMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page.
Please refer to the COVID-19 Page https://dvha.vermont.gov/covid-19 often for updated information.