CMS Guidance Update

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

CMS has revised the criteria requiring states to conduct focused infection control surveys, effective January 4, 2021, due to the increased availability of resources for the testing of residents and staff and factors related to the quality of care. This revision affects previous guidance issued June 1, 2020 concerning “COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control …

Community COVID-19 Activity Level

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

JAMDA published a recent study that assessed whether using coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) community activity levels can accurately inform strategies for routine testing of facility staff for active severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Of the staff tested, 28% were certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who accounted for 36.9% of all staff testing positive. Similarly, licensed practice nurses (LPNs) …

Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that as of November 10, 2020, Medicare beneficiaries are receiving coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 with no cost-sharing during the Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS’ coverage of monoclonal antibody infusions applies to bamianivimab, which received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA on November 9. CMS anticipates that …

CMS Press Release- Call to Action

Angie Szumlinski Training

CMS has released great informational material during the pandemic, including free training designed to educate staff in nursing homes and help combat the spread of COVID-19. Early this week, CMS released a statement publicly recognizing those that have completed training, and calling out star facilities that have had over half their staff complete such training. By the numbers, 125,506 individuals …

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Following President Trump’s declaration of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak as a national emergency, on March 13, 2020 the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services, Alex Azar authorized waivers and modifications under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act (the Act). As a result, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued blanket waivers consistent with those …

Three Day Rule

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

A Skilled Nursing News article highlights that during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verna announced changes to the rules governing nursing homes including waiving the requirement of a three-day hospital visit for Medicare to cover an SNF stay. The goal of waiving this requirement was to reserve hospital beds for …

COVID Isolation Units and “Flu”

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent article published in Skilled Nursing News, they discussed how the COVID-19 isolation units were used to combat the virus in skilled nursing facilities and how they may now be helpful in preventing the spread of influenza. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took steps in March to make it easier to transfer residents within facilities …

CMS – Resource Center

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

On October 30, 2020, CMS launched a new online platform to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, frontline providers, residents, and their families, especially as the fight against COVID-19 continues. The Resource Center consolidates all nursing home information, guidance and resources into a user-friendly, one-stop-shop …

Trump Administration Acts to Ensure Coverage of Life-Saving COVID-19 Vaccines & Therapeutics

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

A press release from CMS contains information about a set of toolkits meant to help healthcare systems administer a COVID-19 vaccine when available, new plans to remove regulatory barriers and ensure coverage, and established new rules about vaccine payments. Their toolkits also hold specific information for several programs like Medicare, Medicaid, private plans, and several others. Click below to read …