“Lots of of 1000’s” of long-term care employees may very well be misplaced, suppliers warn the administration of the vaccination order – information
Eliminating the long-term care industry with the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate could lead to a “mass brain drain” of workers from work and other health care facilities, the American Health Care Association warned on Friday.
“The administration mandate can dramatically advance our common goal of vaccinating all employees, if carefully implemented,” wrote Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA, in a letter Friday. It was addressed to Minister of Health and Social Welfare Xavier Becerra and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure.
Mark Parkinson, President and CEO, AHCA / NCAL
He warned that if not implemented in an “effective” way, there could be a “disastrous outcome for long-term carers”.
The vaccine reluctance among industrial workers is “real” and if not recognized and addressed, it will result in “hundreds of thousands of employees leaving facilities and leaving residents with limited or, in some cases, no care,” he warned.
Federal health leaders should take several key steps for effective adoption, Parkinson wrote. Including:
- Expanded President Biden’s mandate to include all healthcare workers in all Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities
- Provide $ 3 billion from the federal Provider Relief Fund to meet the cost of executing the mandate
- Implement a federally funded daily testing alternative for employees not taking the vaccine
- Expansion of employee training on the vaccination process
- Modify the CMS visit guide to allow vendors to interview visitors about their vaccination and test results
Parkinson found that prior to the joint vaccination campaign with LeadingAge, only 37% of nursing home workers had agreed to the starting dose. That is now 62%. While some may never be convinced, there are some, he added.
If a significant proportion of the approximately 38 percent of unvaccinated nursing home staff drop out, this will lead to poorer care for the residents.
“While losing only half of the unvaccinated nursing staff would be devastating, losing just one or two employees in a nursing home affects the care of certain shifts and units,” he wrote. “The plan to implement this requirement must focus on keeping the current staff.”
“We’d love to meet with both the secretary and the administrator to discuss this important policy,” continued Parkinson. “We want this to work and we believe we can be of significant help with that.”