Tag: Pandemic

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 […]

CMS releases Five Star Quality Rating updates and FAQ for SNFs

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, CMS has updated the Nursing Home Compare site with updates for SNFs. The updates, announced in an April 24 memo, include: Nursing Home Compare website & Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System: The inspection domain will be held constant temporarily due to the prioritization and suspension of […]

OIG releases updates on corporate integrity agreements

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released updated information related to Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) deadlines, OIG review deadlines and OIG enforcement activity. The OIG is working closely with CMS, Health & Human Services (HHS) and law enforcement partners to support health professionals’ response to the pandemic. They are taking burdens on providers and […]