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SNFs face tougher survey guidelines amid COVID-19 spread

An updated survey tool will be released for SNF surveyors that places stricter focus on infection control policies. Plans for the updated tool, based on information gathered from the COVID-19 outbreak at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, was announced by the federal government on March 23. The CDC determined that in under three weeks […]

ICD-10 committee: Start reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 with U07.1 on April 1

Providers in the U.S. will have a specific ICD-10-CM diagnosis code for the COVID-19 virus beginning April 1. During a March 18 meeting, the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee announced that it would adopt the World Health Organization (WHO) code, U07.1 (COVID-19), effective April 1. Previously, the panel had planned to implement the code beginning […]

CMS releases draft of OASIS-E assessment slated to take effect in 2021

A new version of the OASIS is coming to home health, and CMS has released a first look at the assessment. OASIS-E will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. A draft version of the assessment was published on CMS’ website March 18. The release includes only the draft assessment without accompanying guidance updates. The draft has […]

CMS releases frequently asked questions on coronavirus

CMS has released a document responding to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the coronavirus. The document includes 21 questions and responses for health care providers related to COVID-19. The FAQs discuss telehealth and in-home services as well as billing for testing patients at risk for the coronavirus. Related link: Read the FAQs online at https://go.cms.gov/3d9eLeH.

CMS launches new training for the SNF QRP

CMS has launched a new training program for SNFs new to the Quality Reporting Program (QRP). The training includes a general overview of the program, along with links and resources for SNFs. Specific topics include: Lesson 1: What is the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program? Lesson 2: The Minimum Data Set (MDS). Lesson 3: […]

Identity theft, hospice aggregate cap liability among updates to Medicare Program Integrity Manual

CMS has released updates to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual. The updates include changes to the chapter of the manual focused on coordination between Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Unified Program Integrity Contractors (UPIC) when hospice aggregate cap liabilities are involved. CMS also updated the identify theft protections and victimized provider process section. The changes were […]

Coronavirus guidance provided by CMS to home health agencies and dialysis facilities

CMS is providing guidance to home health agencies and dialysis facilities concerning the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance gives information to healthcare workers specifically regarding screening, treatment and transfer procedures when working with patients. The guidance includes a frequently asked question section as well. The purpose of the guidance is to protect those who receive both […]

Trump declares COVID-19 a national emergency

President Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency on March 13, prompting healthcare providers to active their emergency plans. Trump also advised that healthcare professionals utilize telehealth when possible to limit in-person interactions. By declaring COVID-19 a national emergency, the Trump administration has removed constraints on SNFs by waiving: License requirements so that medical professionals can […]

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 […]

CMS releases new guidelines for SNF visitations

CMS released updated guidelines regarding COVID-19 in a March 9 memo advising SNFs “actively screen and restrict” any visitors the meet the following criteria: Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat. In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis […]