Tag: infection control

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 […]

SNF infection control and PPE compliance an issue; White House issues new, immediate guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new recommendations to SNFs, as well as state and local governments. According to a CMS press release, these recommendations were developed as CMS “worked hand-in-hand with the CDC.” During an initial wave of surveys conducted the week of March 30, CMS found that 36% of facilities […]

CMS shifts focus to Immediate Jeopardy and infection control inspections

CMS announced a focused effort on immediate jeopardy inspections and surveys focused on infection control for the next three weeks in a March 25 call. CMS is planning to conduct surveys in facilities without confirmed COVID-19 cases, but are located in areas where the virus is prevalent. After facility inspections, CMS will temporarily not conduct […]

CMS to exclusively focus surveys on infection control, other serious safety threats

CMS announced this week that, effective immediately, state survey agencies and accrediting organizations will suspend all non-emergency inspections across the country to allow inspectors to turn their focus toward infection control and other serious threats to safety, such as abuse. This change is in direct response to the threat COVID-19 spread. CMS is also issuing three […]