Tag: testing

New Podcast: HIPAA Refresher, Addressing COVID and other concerns

With us today is Joan Usher, a nationally recognized expert in the field of health information management. Find her at jluhealth.com. Today, we’ll be talking about HIPAA, the public health emergency, how to handle staff COVID testing in a HIPAA-compliant way, and more. Listen and subscribe on iTunes Connect, Spotify, or SoundCloud.

HHS warns providers against use of antigen tests to determine COVID-19 cases

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warned SNFs against using antigen tests alone to determine if residents have COVID-19. While these tests can be used, they should always be followed by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for positive results. This warning comes after the state of Nevada banned point-of-care antigen testing completely […]

New Podcast: Testing, Reporting, and Visitation Policies

Long-term care expert Reg Hislop chats with us about recent CMS guidance on testing, reporting, and the particularly new guidance on visitation policies. Listen and subscribe on SoundCloud Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts Listen and subscribe on Spotify Post-Acute Advisor · COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Visitation Policies in SNFs

Hospice providers selected for alpha testing of HOPE assessment

CMS announced 20 Medicare-certified hospice providers who have been selected to participate in the alpha testing phase of development for the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) assessment have been selected, according to CMS. The HOPE will provide standardized data as all Medicare-certified hospices will be collecting the same assessment items for all patients. This […]

Twice-weekly staff testing to be required for select SNFs

COVID-19 staff testing will be required twice-weekly at SNFs in 801 counties across the country under new federal regulations. CMS released a list of infection rates by county last week that will be used to determine the required frequency of staff testing. All facilities located in “red” counties will require tests twice-weekly, while facilities in […]

At-home COVID-19 testing on the horizon

At-home COVID-19 testing may be made available in order to allow for a greater number of people to be tested in less time. Doing so would also minimize the risk of infected people traveling to a testing location. LabCorp was the first company to receive FDA authorization for home collection of COVID-19 test samples back […]

Rapid COVID-19 antibody detection kit available for use in the U.S.

A rapid COVID-19 antibody detection kit that can show if a person has been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is now available for use in the U.S. Menarini Silicon Biosystems has signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement to sell the detection kit. The COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette®, manufactured by Healgen […]

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 […]