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Senators request Demographic Data on COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes

A group of senators has requested demographic data on nursing home COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes amid concerns that the disease disproportionately affects communities with higher populations of persons of color. The democratic senators, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Patty Murray of Washington penned a […]

Skilled status charting for SNFs

Today, long-term care expert Reta Underwood, Medicare Specialist and president of CLTC, a national long-term care consulting firm based in Kentucky discusses skilled status charting for SNFs, as well as the differences between direct and indirect skilled services. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.  

Infection preventionist needed for COVID-19 prevention in SNFs

At least one infection preventionist (IP) should be on-site full time at SNFs with more than 100 residents, or SNFs that provide on-site ventilator or hemodialysis services, according to new CDC guidance. This individual is responsible for developing IPC policies and procedures, performing infection surveillance, providing competency-based training of HCP, and auditing adherence to recommended […]

Older adults face heightened risk of diabetes-related amputation

The rate of diabetes-related amputations in older adults increased significantly between 2009 and 2017, according to Jessica Harding, PhD, an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Specifically, nontraumatic lower extremity amputations (NLEA) have been on the rise, growing more than 1% per year from 2009 to 2017, according to Dr. Harding. It’s not […]

Federal nursing home commission names new members

New members for the White House’s new Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes were announced June 19th.  Of the more than 800 applicants, 25 stakeholders with a variety of backgrounds were selected. The commission’s goal is to review nursing home responses to COVID-19 and create new regulations and procedures going forward. The […]

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 […]

What SNFs need to be doing right now to deal with COVID-19

Long-term care regulatory expert Stefanie Corbett chats with us on our first Post-Acute Advisor Podcast. Corbett tells us what facilities should be doing right now to prepare for COVID-19, and what to do with suspected or confirmed cases. We also discuss keeping staff safe and healthy, visitation policies, and how to keep trucking on.  

SNF staff workers should be screened at every shift

In its new guidance released March 13, CMS requires SNFs to take staff members’ temperatures and perform other screening tasks at the beginning of each shift: Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. Actively take their temperature and document absence of shortness of breath, new or change in […]

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 […]