Tag: CMS guidance

Latest COVID-19 vaccine information for agency leaders

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from partners Pfizer and BioNTech were administered to the first health care workers Monday, Dec. 7, following final federal approval over the weekend. The CDC recommendations for the first phase in vaccine distribution included home health caregivers, but it is up to individual states to determine who gets […]

New Podcast: Testing, Reporting, and Visitation Policies

Long-term care expert Reg Hislop chats with us about recent CMS guidance on testing, reporting, and the particularly new guidance on visitation policies. Listen and subscribe on SoundCloud Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts Listen and subscribe on Spotify Post-Acute Advisor · COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Visitation Policies in SNFs

CMS COVID-19 guidance

To date, CMS has released guidance to aid SNFs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including everything from PPE usage to infection control. The following is summary of actions taken thus far, as outlined by CMS, including links to each action: February 6, 2020 CMS took action to prepare the nation’s healthcare facilities for the COVID-19 threat. […]

SNFs: Use CMS Self-Assessment tool

SNFs: Use the CMS Focused COVID-19 Infection Control Survey Tool​ to self-assess your IPCP plans. AHCA/NCAL also have issued guidance: https://www.ahcancal.org/facility_operations/disaster_planning/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx Be sure, however, to follow CDC and CMS directly, and check in with their website and guidance often. Yesterday, April 2, new guidance was issued, as well as the sobering results of recent CMS surveys […]

CMS releases protective mask guidance for SNFs

CMS expanded the range of acceptable facemasks and respirators that can temporarily be used in SNFs in a March 10 memo. “CMS is working in lockstep with the CDC, FDA, and other Trump Administration partners to protect both patients and the dedicated healthcare workers who are battling the spread of Coronavirus,” said CMS Administrator Seema […]