Category: Regulations

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 […]

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 […]

CMS suspends restrictions on care venues as providers tackle COVID-19 surges

The Trump Administration has suspended regulatory barriers and will now allow hospitals to clear precious bed capacity by triaging non-COVID-19 patients in thousands of ambulatory surgery centers, rehab hospitals, and even hotels and college dorms. The sweeping “Hospitals Without Walls” initiative takes effect immediately, will last through the duration of the pandemic, and allows hospitals […]

CMS to exclusively focus surveys on infection control, other serious safety threats

CMS announced this week that, effective immediately, state survey agencies and accrediting organizations will suspend all non-emergency inspections across the country to allow inspectors to turn their focus toward infection control and other serious threats to safety, such as abuse. This change is in direct response to the threat COVID-19 spread. CMS is also issuing three […]

CMS releases additional infection control guidance in light of COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent out a notice today regarding extra infection control guidance in light of COVID-19. An outbreak of the virus at Life Care in Kirkland, Wash. that resulted in seven deaths with eight sick has prompted SNFs to take notice and CMS to issue new guidance that includes specific […]

CMS releases next draft MDS item set

A new DRAFT version of the 2020 MDS item sets (v1.18.0) was posted on December 20, 2019. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020. Section G has been removed from all Federal item sets. This section most notably helps facilities calculate quality measures.

Proposed rule aims to make CMP waiver process standard

In its proposed rule released this week, CMS aims to eliminate the requirement for facilities to actively waive their right to a hearing in writing. Instead, there would be a waiver process that would operate by default when CMS has not received a timely request for a hearing. The 35% penalty reduction would remain. According […]