Tag: infection control

OIG report shows survey focus on infection control in home health

A recent home health audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) serves as a reminder to keep up your focus on infection control policies and procedures. The audit found that six out of eight agencies reviewed were in full compliance. Still, it opens the door for CMS surveyors to probe extensively in this area. […]

OIG: CMS should offer agencies more infection control guidance

CMS should develop and share more information on COVID-19 infection prevention and control best practices that home health providers can use to comply with requirements and guidance, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Humans Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). Six of eight home health agencies recently audited by the […]

Nursing homes to receive $500M in federal funding for infection control “strike team” initiative

The Biden-Harris Administration announced Friday that $2.1B will be distributed amongst healthcare entities to improve infection prevention and control activities.  In October, $500M of the initial $1.25B will go to “staff, train, and deploy strike teams to assist skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities with known or suspected COVID-19 outbreaks,” according […]

Podcast: Home Health Infection Control Compliance

Join expert Patty Klinefelter of LW Consulting to learn more about what home health agencies need to be on top of to successfully pass their infection surveys. Post-Acute Advisor · Home Health Infection Control Compliance

Biden administration releases COVID-19 response strategy

The Biden administration released the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” on the second day in office, January 21. The strategy lays out plans to support nursing homes, and tighten infection control policies. “HHS and CMS will strengthen Long Term Care facility guidance, funding, and requirements around infection control policies; support Long […]

New York nursing home hit with largest COVID-19 fine to date

Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a nursing home in Buffalo, NY, was hit with a $50,000 fine, the largest single fine imposed by the state Health Department, for infection control violations, according to The Buffalo News. The fine stemmed from an inspection in April, during which the inspector observed: COVID-19 positive residents rooming with […]

Trump Administration issues over $15 million in fines to nursing homes during pandemic

CMS, under the leadership of the Trump Administration, has issued over $15 million in fines to more than 3,400 nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic for noncompliance with infection control requirements and the failure to report COVID-19 data. “The Trump Administration is taking aggressive enforcement action against Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes that fail […]

New Podcast: Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs

Long-term care regulatory expert Stefanie Corbett, DHA, discusses the new requirement for states released this week that require them to survey certain SNFs for infection control, along with reviewing reopening guidance for SNFs. Today, we’ll be talking about the Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs Post-Acute Advisor · Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs Listen […]

Trump administration announces enhanced enforcement on SNF infection control policies

The Trump Administration unveiled enhanced enforcement June 1 for SNF infection control policies amid COVID-19. SNFs will be subject to additional civil money penalties as well as enforcement by CMS for persistent survey deficiencies from targeted infection control surveys. “While many nursing homes have performed well and demonstrated that it’s entirely possible to keep nursing […]

OIG investigates COVID-19 response at nursing homes

The OIG announced a focused effort to investigate nursing home responses to COVID-19. One facet of the investigation will focus on auditing infection control efforts at nursing homes, while another will focus on CMS oversight efforts during the pandemic. “To reduce the likelihood of contracting and spreading COVID-19 at these nursing homes, effective internal controls […]