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CMS halts production of COVID-19 tests from unqualified labs

A plethora of laboratories across the United States are rapidly producing COVID-19 tests, but a recent record check by CMS resulted in 171 cease and desist letters to labs, halting production of tests at labs without the proper qualifications.  The record check found that those labs did not have up-to-date Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of […]

Overcoming Staff Challenges During the Pandemic

Stefanie Corbett, owner of Corbett Healthcare Solutions, joins us today to talk about challenges that SNF staff have faced during the pandemic, and ways administrators can support and encourage staff throughout this difficult period. Listen on Soundcloud Listen on Apple Podcasts

Senate approves delayed recoupment of Medicare accelerated payments

On September 30, 2020, the U.S. Senate approved a continuing resolution (CR) that would delay the recoupment of Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payments, according to CMS. Details of the plan include the delay of recoupment for one full year. The actual recoupment schedule would be stretched over 29 months. Recoupment for each claim would be […]

LTC therapy and physician services threatened by future Medicare cuts

Despite the overwhelming need for physician services in LTC facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, proposed Medicare Part B cuts for 2021 may threaten the livelihood of those physicians. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for FY 2021 proposes reimbursement reductions for a variety of services covered under Medicare Part B. These cuts could force LTC physicians […]

How to Navigate COVID-19 Protocols to Ensure Health and Safety in the Workplace

As some employees return from working remotely and others continue to work from their facility, there are many regulations and policies that managers and supervisors need to instate to ensure employee health and safety. New federal, state, and local health and safety requirements continue to evolve as companies remain laser-focused on providing a safe working environment for all. […]

CMS clarifies RAP submission billing rules

CMS revised change request (CR) 11855 clarifying rules around the 5-day RAP submission requirement need to prevent payment delays starting in January. The article details how to document situations in which a date could not be entered on line 0023 because the first visit did not occur within the first five days of the period. […]

SNF COVID-19 fatalities prompt new California state law

After an abundance of COVID-19 related deaths at California SNFs, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law on September 29 changing the reporting requirements for disease-related deaths. The new law requires facilities to report disease-related fatalities to CA health officials within 24 hours during declared health emergencies, according to the Los Angeles Times. To date, COVID-19 […]

Trump’s training order raising concerns about employers’ diversity efforts

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order (EO) placing limits on the diversity training that federal employers and contractors can offer is raising concerns of a chilling effect on employers’ diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The order, released on September 22, was referenced during the September 29 presidential debate between Trump and former Vice President Joe […]

Health care malware warning issued

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services alerted health care providers about the Taidoor Malmare that is being used by the Chinese government, according to a Malware Analysis Report (MAR). “The FBI has high confidence that Chinese government actors are using malware variants in conjunction with proxy servers […]

Federal government to send 18 million COVID-19 tests to nursing homes

The federal government announced plans on September 28 to send an 18 million rapid COVID-19 tests to nursing homes from Abbott Laboratories. The deployment of these tests comes after CMS updated the requirements for staff testing in late-August, requiring routine testing of staff based on community spread. In addition to the 18 million allotted for […]