Tag: SNF

COVID-19 reporting violations could lead to hefty fines for SNFs

SNFs will soon be required to report all COVID-19 cases to the CDC on a weekly basis, and failure to do so could lead to Civil monetary penalties (CMPs). The CMPs for non-compliant facilities will likely be around $1,000 a week, increasing over time for facilities that don’t comply, explained CMS administrator Seema Verma in […]

CMS releases transfer and discharge guidance for SNFs

CMS has provided supplemental information for transferring and discharging SNF residents based on their COVID-19 status (positive, negative, unknown/under observation). If two SNFs want to band together to transfer residents between facilities to separate COVID-19 positive residents from COVID-19 negative residents, the SNFs do not need any approval to do so. However, if SNFs wish […]

Coronavirus death toll surpasses 3,600 in LTC facilities

More than 3,600 deaths in LTC facilities across the U.S. have been liked to COVID-19, according to the most recent count by The Associated Press (AP). Although the federal government has not been keeping a tally of COVID-19 related deaths in LTC facilities, AP has compiled a tally based on state counts and media reports. […]

CDC urged to publicly tally LTC facilities with COVID-19 cases

A CDC spokesperson announced that over 400 LTC facilities have confirmed COVID-19 cases as of March 30, but did not announce the names said facilities. Since the virus first began spreading widely throughout the country, the CDC has not kept a running tally of infected facilities, but has computed the totals at least twice. In […]

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 […]