Tag: Pandemic

Officials warn to stay prepared for second wave of COVID-19 infections

Whether your home health agency is already working toward recovery from a peak load of COVID-19 patients or is still amidst the onslaught, remember there will be a second wave of patients in a few months. Take your lessons learned and update policies, protocols and action plans in anticipation of patient numbers that may be […]

CMS updates COVID-19 emergency declaration blanket waivers for health care providers

CMS has updated its COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers document. Therapists who can perform the initial and comprehensive assessment for home health patients now include physical therapists (PTs) and speech language pathologists (SLPs), in addition to occupational therapists. This applies during the public health emergency. For more information, visit: https://go.cms.gov/35TLIIL.  

Activate Your Career Paths Post-COVID19

The impact of the pandemic on every sector has been massive, especially for healthcare professionals. The workforce has dealt with major impacts spanning staff assignments being shifted to areas of greater need to work from home mandates. In other instances individuals are reconciling job furloughs, layoffs, and even closures, with vulnerability replacing job security. However, […]

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 […]

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 […]