Tag: PPE

Unionized nursing homes have better outcomes under COVID-19

Unionized nursing homes in New York state saw lower COVID-19 mortality rates, as well as better access to PPE during the pandemic, according to a September 10 study in the journal Health Affairs. “Unions generally demand high staff-to-patient ratios, paid sick leave, and higher wage and benefit levels that reduce staff turnover,” stated researchers in […]

OSHA Issues Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings, Surgical Masks, Respirators

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, employers have struggled to understand the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) position on cloth face coverings and surgical masks, specifically whether the agency requires or recommends their use and whether they constitute personal protective equipment (PPE). Although the issues may seem trivial, employers want to know what their compliance […]

FEMA sending PPE to SNFs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is preparing to send personal protective equipment to SNFs. CNN reports that a FEMA spokesperson told the news organization that they are preparing to coordinate shipments of PPE, like surgical masks, gowns and gloves, to nursing homes across the nation. However, LeadingAge has called out the promise as insufficient. […]

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 […]

CMS addresses reopening the health care system in regions with low incidence of COVID-19

New guidance from CMS might help agencies address patient concerns and show providers in the community that your agency is beginning to try to get back to normal operations and are operating within similar parameters, says Robert Markette, an attorney with Indianapolis-based Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman. CMS has issued new recommendations concerning communities […]

SNFs: Use CMS Self-Assessment tool

SNFs: Use the CMS Focused COVID-19 Infection Control Survey Tool​ to self-assess your IPCP plans. AHCA/NCAL also have issued guidance: https://www.ahcancal.org/facility_operations/disaster_planning/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx Be sure, however, to follow CDC and CMS directly, and check in with their website and guidance often. Yesterday, April 2, new guidance was issued, as well as the sobering results of recent CMS surveys […]

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 […]

PPE shortage a concern, says chief medical officer of AHCA/NCAL

A March 6 press call held by Dr. David Gifford, chief medical officer of AHCA/NCAL, revealed that one of the larger issues SNFs and healthcare facilities at large may have is a shortage of gowns, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), much of which usually ships from China. “It’s one of the issues that […]