Tag: staff

Q&A: Job-specific HIPAA training

Q: As we look forward to 2021, we’re looking to utilize the most up-to-date HIPAA training strategies. I am responsible for training clinical and clerical staff annually. Do you have any recommendations for job-specific HIPAA training? A: HCPro and TeachPrivacy, among others, are solid training provider vendors. They work to keep their training accurate and […]

As the federal vaccination program wraps up, SNFs must procure their own vaccines

When COVID-19 vaccines first became available, the federal government set up a Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care program, which provided three on-site clinics at facilities nationwide in an attempt to vaccinate as many residents and staff members as possible. As the third vaccination clinics wrap up in most states, SNFs will need to acquire vaccines […]

Reach out to state health departments to determine next steps in COVID-19 vaccination planning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered guidance for states on how to prioritize vaccination, but it is up to local health officials to make final determinations on priorities and timelines for vaccine rollout. Louisiana started Monday vaccinating individuals 70 and older, as well as home health services patients and staff, according […]

CMS urges nursing home staff to complete COVID-19 training

CMS announced on November 17 that individuals from 7,313 nursing homes have completed the CMS COVID-19 training. This accounts for 12.5% of the approximately one million nursing home staff in the country. CMS is calling on all nursing homes to take action and require staff to complete this free training. “We’ve provided nursing homes with […]

Managing Mental Health During Trying Times

The internet and social media are full of memes, statuses, personal stories, and other commentary lamenting and marveling at the craziness of 2020. Many of these point out that we’re not even done with this chaotic year! One of the biggest changes to normal life facing millions of Americans in 2020 is the sudden shift […]

Overcoming Staff Challenges During the Pandemic

Stefanie Corbett, owner of Corbett Healthcare Solutions, joins us today to talk about challenges that SNF staff have faced during the pandemic, and ways administrators can support and encourage staff throughout this difficult period. Listen on Soundcloud Listen on Apple Podcasts

Nursing home resident with dementia found deceased in walk-in freezer

An 86-year-old nursing home resident was reported missing hours before being located deceased in the facility’s walk-in freezer. Sofiya Perel, who had dementia, had been reported missing to police around 1:40 a.m. after leaving a secure unit in an Ohio nursing home, Maria-Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Staff searched for several hours before finding her […]

CMS implements new COVID-19 testing requirements for SNFs

CMS implemented stricter COVID-19 testing requirements for nursing homes on August 25. Routine staff testing, which was previously just recommended, is now a requirement for participation for Medicare and Medicaid. The required frequency of staff testing will be based on the degree of community spread surrounding a facility. Further guidance on frequency of testing will […]