Category: COVID-19

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 […]

LTC facility COVID-19 deaths soar to 5,500

According to NBC News, the number of COVID-19-related deaths in LTC facilities is now 5,670. This data, based on 29 state health departments and includes nursing homes and assisted living facilities, shows that the deaths more than doubled since last week. Almost 3,5o00 LTC facilities are  reporting COVID-19 cases, according to state data. It’s important […]

CMS releases transfer and discharge guidance for SNFs

CMS has provided supplemental information for transferring and discharging SNF residents based on their COVID-19 status (positive, negative, unknown/under observation). If two SNFs want to band together to transfer residents between facilities to separate COVID-19 positive residents from COVID-19 negative residents, the SNFs do not need any approval to do so. However, if SNFs wish […]