Tag: SNF

SNFs face tougher survey guidelines amid COVID-19 spread

An updated survey tool will be released for SNF surveyors that places stricter focus on infection control policies. Plans for the updated tool, based on information gathered from the COVID-19 outbreak at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, was announced by the federal government on March 23. The CDC determined that in under three weeks […]

CMS launches new training for the SNF QRP

CMS has launched a new training program for SNFs new to the Quality Reporting Program (QRP). The training includes a general overview of the program, along with links and resources for SNFs. Specific topics include: Lesson 1: What is the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program? Lesson 2: The Minimum Data Set (MDS). Lesson 3: […]

HCPro is opening a COVID-19 forum for you and your peers

In order to address provider’s concerns regarding COVID-19, we have created a coronavirus forum where providers can connect with one another. The forum can include topics such as supplies, visitation, concerns, regulations, mandates, infection control, payment, staffing, etc. You’re not alone in this, we have you covered. Visit the forum to post questions, concerns, and […]

SNF staff workers should be screened at every shift

In its new guidance released March 13, CMS requires SNFs to take staff members’ temperatures and perform other screening tasks at the beginning of each shift: Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. Actively take their temperature and document absence of shortness of breath, new or change in […]

How has COVID-19 affected your facility?

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the U.S., LTC providers face unique challenges to keep their high-risk residents safe. In an effort to fully understand the challenges SNFs are currently facing as a result of the virus, we’d like readers to complete a survey to tell us about their challenges. In order to aid home health and […]

CMS releases protective mask guidance for SNFs

CMS expanded the range of acceptable facemasks and respirators that can temporarily be used in SNFs in a March 10 memo. “CMS is working in lockstep with the CDC, FDA, and other Trump Administration partners to protect both patients and the dedicated healthcare workers who are battling the spread of Coronavirus,” said CMS Administrator Seema […]

CMS releases new guidelines for SNF visitations

CMS released updated guidelines regarding COVID-19 in a March 9 memo advising SNFs “actively screen and restrict” any visitors the meet the following criteria: Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat. In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis […]

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 […]

COVID-19 outbreak reported in Washington SNF

A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at Life Care Center, a SNF in Kirkland, Washington. To date, approximately 50 residents and employees have fallen ill with an unknown respiratory illness, and are being tested for the new coronavirus. Three of the facility’s residents that tested positive for the virus have since passed away. SNF residents […]

CMS to host dementia care toolkits call

CMS will host a call on March 3 from to discuss dementia care toolkits for SNFs. Topics discussed on the call will include: Head-to-Toe Infection Prevention: Easy to access best practices for direct care staff to prevent infections before they occur Developing a Restful Environment Action Manual: Non-pharmacological approach to improve the quality of life […]