Category: COVID-19

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 […]

Activate Your Career Paths Post-COVID19

The impact of the pandemic on every sector has been massive, especially for healthcare professionals. The workforce has dealt with major impacts spanning staff assignments being shifted to areas of greater need to work from home mandates. In other instances individuals are reconciling job furloughs, layoffs, and even closures, with vulnerability replacing job security. However, […]

CMS issues SNF best practices “toolkit” to combat COVID-19

On May 13, CMS released a new toolkit developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies who provide oversight and assistance to these facilities, with additional resources to aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic within nursing homes. The 74-page document includes guidance on: State Actions […]

FEMA sending PPE to SNFs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is preparing to send personal protective equipment to SNFs. CNN reports that a FEMA spokesperson told the news organization that they are preparing to coordinate shipments of PPE, like surgical masks, gowns and gloves, to nursing homes across the nation. However, LeadingAge has called out the promise as insufficient. […]

CMS reevaluates accelerated payment program and suspends advance payment program

On April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers effective immediately. The agency made this announcement following the successful payment of over $100 billion to health care […]

COVID-19: OTs can temporarily perform initial assessments

Now occupational therapists from home health agencies can perform initial assessments on certain homebound patients. This allows home health services to begin and lets home health nurses do more direct patient care. This is part of CMS’ latest efforts to relax a number of rules so that health care facilities can increase their frontline medical […]

Immune response in mice triggered by Microneedle coronavirus vaccine

When delivered to mice using microneedles, an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 caused antibody production against the disease within two weeks, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Researchers are in the process of acquiring permission for human clinical trials. Treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 are urgently needed to change the course of this pandemic. […]

Feds announce new SNF COVID-19 transparency effort

From an April 20, 2020 CMS press release:   Today . . .  the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new regulatory requirements that will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities. In addition, as part of President Trump’s Opening Up America, CMS will […]