Tag: infection control

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 […]

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 […]

CMS releases additional infection control guidance in light of COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent out a notice today regarding extra infection control guidance in light of COVID-19. An outbreak of the virus at Life Care in Kirkland, Wash. that resulted in seven deaths with eight sick has prompted SNFs to take notice and CMS to issue new guidance that includes specific […]

Hundreds may have been exposed to TB at Delaware nursing home

State and health officials announced June 1 that more than 600 individuals may have been exposed to active tuberculosis at the ManorCare Health Services facility in Wilmington, Delaware during a nine-month period starting in January 2017. Officials were sending letters to current residents as well as former residents who stayed at the facility during the […]

CMS and CDC collaborating on free training course for infection preventionist

In a memo addressed to State Survey Agency Directors on March 16, CMS announced their collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to create an online training course in infection control and prevention for long-term care staff. This free course will be available in Spring 2019 and is intended to provide specialized training in […]

New guidelines make significant changes to management of C. Difficile

Clostridium difficile or C. diff is a deadly, treatment-resistant infection and the most important cause of healthcare-associated diarrhea. Adults who are 65 years and older and in a long-term care facilities are especially at risk for the highly contagious infection. Earlier this year, a panel of experts was convened to update the 2010 clinical practice […]