Tag: CDC

Coronavirus fears at work: What employers need to know to stay protected

News reports of deaths and illnesses from the rapidly spreading coronavirus get scarier every day. Millions of people are being quarantined. Foreign companies and governments are evacuating their people from hard-hit areas of China where the virus got its start. And even employees who don’t travel for work are getting anxious about traveling coworkers who […]

Flexible leave policies may deter staff from coming into work sick

Despite policies stating that LTC staff with acute respiratory illness (ARI) should stay home, a recent study found that a majority of staff still came into work while sick. The study, conducted by Hilary M. Babcock, MD, MPH and colleagues, surveilled a 120-bed facility over a five-month span and found that 89% of staff reported […]

Flu prevention in SNFs

Flu season is once again upon us, and SNF staff need to take precautionary measures to protect the frail residents in their care. About 19 million Americans have contracted the flu so far this season, leading to an approximate 12,000 to 30,000 deaths, according to a recent CDC report. The CDC recommends that SNFs take […]

New code for capturing vaping-related disorders to be implemented in April

Come April, coders will have a diagnosis code to capture vaping-related disorders. The code, U07.0 (Vaping-related disorder), was established as a new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) emergency code last year by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted Dec. 9, […]

Study shows home surpasses hospital as most common place of death

For the first time since the early 20th century, research shows the home has surpassed the hospital as the most common place of death in the United States, according to a letter published in The New England Journal of Medicine. This finding was determined through data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and […]

CDC releases guidance on coding for health care encounters and deaths related to e-cigarette, vaping

Coders now have guidance for health care encounters and deaths related to e-cigarette, vaping or product use associated lung injury (EVALI). The guidance, released October 17 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is consistent with current clinical knowledge about e-cigarette or vaping-related disorders, according to the CDC. This guidance is intended to […]

CDC releases fact sheets to help discuss pain management, risks of opioids

Four new fact sheets have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to aid a discussion between patients and providers about pain management options and possible risks of opioid medication. The fact sheets are designed to help providers talk with patients about acute pain, chronic pain, prescription opioids and reducing risk […]

Breaking News: CDC releases final list of 2019 ICD-10-CM codes

Brought to you by Home Health Line. Providers will have a total of 473 code changes beginning Oct. 1, including 279 new codes, 143 revised codes and 51 deactivated codes, according to the final list of changes issued June 11 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of the new codes added […]

CMS and CDC collaborating on free training course for infection preventionist

In a memo addressed to State Survey Agency Directors on March 16, CMS announced their collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to create an online training course in infection control and prevention for long-term care staff. This free course will be available in Spring 2019 and is intended to provide specialized training in […]

Facts and free resources for preventing the flu in long-term care

Impacts of the flu on seniors ages 65 years and older range from an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and bacterial lung infection (i.e. bronchitis or pneumonia), as well as a negative impact on ability to function independently. Due to these increased risks, it is unlikely that a senior infected with the flu will […]