Tag: Coronavirus

Pence recommends COVID-19 testing for all SNF residents

Vice President Mike Pence recommended to state governors on May 11 that all SNF residents receive COVID-19 testing over the next two weeks, according to Associated Press. President Trump announced on the same call that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services will distribute 12.9 million swabs to healthcare […]

Businesses beginning to reopen, but not all workers ready to go back

Some states are loosening restrictions and allowing at least some businesses to reopen. But as anxious as people are to resume their pre-COVID-19 lives, some employees are hesitant to go back. Matthew H. Parker, an attorney with Whelan Corrente & Flanders LLP in Providence, Rhode Island, sees three reasons for the hesitancy: (1) a fear […]

Liability on the minds of employers, lawmakers as businesses reopen

As some states begin to loosen restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, employers are eager to get back to business but also worried about potential legal liability triggered by the virus. Drafts of legislation have begun to make the rounds in the U.S. Senate to provide a shield for employers against what Senate […]

First diagnostic test with home collection option for COVID-19 authorized by FDA

The first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19 has been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA reissued the emergency use authorization (EUA), allowing the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) COVID-19 RT-PCT Test to enable testing of samples self-collected by patients at home, according to an FDA news […]

Breaking: CMS delays OASIS-E due to COVID-19

CMS delayed the implementation of OASIS-E, originally schedule to take effect Jan. 1, 2021, to provide flexibilities for agencies to respond to the public health threats stemming from COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), according to an interim final rule dated April 28. Agencies will be required to use OASIS-E beginning with discharges and transfers on […]

CMS announces independent commission to address LTC safety and quality

CMS announced a new independent commission that will address safety and quality concerns in LTC facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “CMS has repeatedly taken early unprecedented, aggressive and decisive action to protect nursing home residents during this pandemic. And today, we are taking it one step further by asking that an independent Commission provide recommendations […]

Reporting coronavirus cases on the NHSN COVID-19 Module

CMS announced in an April 29 call that all SNFs should be reporting COVID-19 cases on the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) COVID-19 Module. The Module enables SNFs to report information that will then be turned over to local health departments. Information collected includes: Counts of residents and facility personnel with suspected and laboratory positive […]

Illinois nursing home employees prepare to strike

Staff at 40 Illinois nursing homes, primarily located in Chicago, plan to strike May 8 if their working conditions don’t improve. Employees assert that owners haven’t provided proper PPE, paid sick leave for coronavirus-related health conditions, or appropriate staffing levels. Workers are specifically requesting the following: Adequate supply of PPE Increased staffing 80-hours of paid […]

State agencies providing financial relief to SNFs during pandemic

SNFs throughout the U.S. are feeling the financial impact of COVID-19, but many states are stepping up to provide financial relief through Medicaid payments. In addition to federal actions including payments through the HHS Provider Relief Fund and the CMS Medicare Part A Advance, many states have used the Medicaid state plan amendment process to […]

As the COVID-19 death toll climbs, SNFs push for immunity from related lawsuits

As the COVID-19 death toll  in LTC facilities reaches nearly 12,000, SNFs are pushing states to provide immunity from lawsuits over the disease, NBC News reports. A nationwide shortage of PPE, staff, and tests has taken its toll on the already vulnerable SNF resident population, and facilities are seeking protection from litigation that will stem […]