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Reach out to state health departments to determine next steps in COVID-19 vaccination planning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered guidance for states on how to prioritize vaccination, but it is up to local health officials to make final determinations on priorities and timelines for vaccine rollout. Louisiana started Monday vaccinating individuals 70 and older, as well as home health services patients and staff, according […]

CMS unveils new quality measures under consideration

CMS unveiled new quality measures under consideration for nursing homes shortly before Christmas. While some previously implemented measures have been updated, there are several new measures focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccinations in healthcare settings. The new measures under consideration, as outlined by CMS, include: Five outcome measures (measures that focus on the results […]

Check local hospital data on facility-specific bed capacity and COVID-19 impact

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently began releasing new hospital COVID-19 data at the facility level. The data shows weekly impacts from COVID-19 on ICU and bed capacity. When announcing the new datasets last month, HHS noted that it should help local and regional collaborations. Home health industry leaders have noted that […]

Creating a culture of Trauma-Informed Care

Note: The following podcast was first aired on August 13, 2020. Expert Jodi Eyigor, Director of Nursing Home Quality & Policy at LeadingAge, joins us to talk about implementing Trauma-Informed Care in SNFs. Listen on SoundCloud Listen on iTunes Connect Listen on Spotify

Federal Rules Impose Strict Deadlines for Health Plans to Cover COVID-19 Vaccines

Health plans will have to start covering COVID-19 vaccines shortly after their approval, regardless of whether they are delivered by an in-network provider, under regulations finalized by three federal agencies.The interim final rule published on November 6 (85 Fed. Reg. 71142) is designed to implement various healthcare and coverage provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, […]

Medicare codes issued for Moderna vaccine

The FDA recently issued an Emergency Use Authorization the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination, and Medicare will be covering the administration of the vaccine for the duration of the Public Health Emergency.  SNFs should only bill for administration codes when submitting claims to Medicare, and should not use these codes while the vaccine is free. CMS will […]

CMS unveils new model for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations

CMS’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has an opportunity for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to participate in the Global and Professional Options of the Direct Contracting Model. The model seeks to encourage “Medicaid MCOs to partner with providers and suppliers and implement care coordination programs that can improve quality and reduce Medicare fee-for-service […]

Requiring COVID-19 Shots? Employers Advised to Follow EEOC Guidance Carefully

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided new guidance for employers considering requiring COVID-19 vaccinations—guidance that attorneys advising employers say needs to be studied carefully. On December 16, the EEOC added a new section to its guidance on how employer COVID-19 vaccination policies interact with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of […]

Home health agencies must enroll with state Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor to provide home infusion therapy

Beginning Jan. 1, home health agencies that wish to provide and bill Medicare Home Infusion Therapy (HIT) professional services for calendar year 2021, will be required to enroll with the Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor (A/B MAC) in their state. Home health agencies will no longer be able to bill professional HIT services on the […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Latest: Moderna vaccine approved, older adults 75+ next in line for shots

The Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for persons 18 and older. Meanwhile, a federal advisory committee voted Sunday to put seniors 75 and older among those next in line to get vaccinated. Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved Dec. 11, which required specialty freezers, the Moderna […]