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CMS releases nursing home COVID-19 data and inspection results

The first round of COVID-19 data collected from nursing homes is now available on Nursing Home Compare. The data shows that as of May 31, about 13,600 (88%) of Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes had reported the required data to the CDC. Within these facilities, there are over 95,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and almost 32,000 […]

New Podcast: Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs

Long-term care regulatory expert Stefanie Corbett, DHA, discusses the new requirement for states released this week that require them to survey certain SNFs for infection control, along with reviewing reopening guidance for SNFs. Today, we’ll be talking about the Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs Post-Acute Advisor · Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs Listen […]

Upcoming webinar: Survey Success for Long-Term Care

During this 60-minute webinar, industry experts Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, and Diane R. Hislop, RN, will review survey trends and help prepare providers for the new QIS-driven survey process. They will also teach participants how to develop a survey management program (including guidance for providing demonstrable evidence of compliance) and a cost-saving post-survey response […]

Trump administration announces enhanced enforcement on SNF infection control policies

The Trump Administration unveiled enhanced enforcement June 1 for SNF infection control policies amid COVID-19. SNFs will be subject to additional civil money penalties as well as enforcement by CMS for persistent survey deficiencies from targeted infection control surveys. “While many nursing homes have performed well and demonstrated that it’s entirely possible to keep nursing […]

Employers watching bill aimed at easing PPP loan rules

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—called a godsend by some and seriously flawed by others—may be in for a bit of an overhaul. The House passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on May 28, and the measure is expected to get a vote in the Senate soon, but not before senators seek changes in the […]

CMS proposes amendment to the HHS-RADV program

CMS issued a proposed rule on May 29 to amend requirements for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ risk adjustment data validation (HHS-RADV) program. The proposal includes changes to two technical aspects of the HHS-RADV program, the error rate calculation, and application of results. CMS outlines the changes in the newly published fact […]

Coronavirus: Studies find steam effective in sterilizing used medical masks

Two new studies show steam can effectively decontaminate medical masks including the N95 respirator mask. Houston-based researchers who produced a small-scale study on reprocessing N95 respirators with steam say reusing sanitized masks is crucial in countries facing PPE shortages. Moist heat is among the most promising COVID-19 decontamination methods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

FDA provides panel to evaluate diagnostic tests available for COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing a SARS-COV-2 reference panel for the evaluation of diagnostic tests for COVID-19. The panels safeguard the quality of the tests and validation of new assay. They also test the calibration and monitoring of assay performance. The FDA panel is available to commercial and laboratory developers who […]

CMS releases FAQs on Medicare fee-for-service billing

CMS released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare fee-for-service billing. These FAQs are supplemental to those previously released by CMS in March. To view those, visit https://go.cms.gov/2yIS29R. CMS noted in the release that in many instances, the general statements of the FAQs referenced above have been superseded by COVID-19-specific legislation, emergency rules and waivers granted […]

One Way to Save on Hiring Costs Once You Start Hiring Again

The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have hit recruiters and Human Resources departments hard. Companies still hiring, or those seeking to hire when the economy reopens, should look to employee referral programs to save on the time and cost of recruiting employees. And this seems to be one of the most popular methods already […]