KRMC Announces Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Employees

Published by The Bee News

November 14, 2021

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Kingman, Arizona, November 12, 2021 – On Friday November 5, 2021, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all workers at all Medicare/Medicaid-certified healthcare settings.

The rule is intended to protect both healthcare staff and patients against COVID-19. Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) notified staff yesterday of a change in its COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees. “There is no path forward that allows us to receive funding from CMS and not be in compliance.  CMS accounts for 75% of services rendered to patients,” said Will McConnell, KRMC CEO.

According to the CMS rule, KRMC must fulfill staff vaccination requirements over the following two phases:

  • By December 6, 2021, all KRMC employees must have received, at a minimum, the first dose of a primary series or a single dose COVID-19 vaccine or have begun the process for medical or religious exemption.
  • By Jan. 4, 2022, all eligible staff must have completed the primary vaccination series (e.g., second dose of mRNA vaccine) or have been granted a medical or religious exemption.

Until now, KRMC’s COVID vaccination policy has been voluntary based on individual choice. Through the interim final rule issued by CMS, compliance is a condition of participation for all healthcare facilities that receive payments from CMS.  As such, all KRMC employees are required to get the COVID vaccine, unless they obtain an authorized medical or religious exemption.

According to McConnell, “We encourage vaccination as the most safe and effective approach to help prevent serious illness and reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Due to our belief that the COVID-19 vaccine should be an individual’s personal choice, we have not previously made it mandatory for any KRMC employee. With the new CMS rule, there is no other option.”

Currently, about 68% of KRMC’s workforce is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The new rule will affect about 600 employees who remain unvaccinated.

About Kingman Regional Medical Center

(KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus health care system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,900 employees, 150 volunteers, and 270 physicians/allied health professionals. KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. It is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center. KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance.

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  1. The Vax Mandate is a terrible overreach by KRMC and they will be responsible for the underreported side-effects that will come with it. Shame on you KRMC!

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