OIG: COVID-19 Had Devastating Impact on Medicare Beneficiaries in LTC During 2020 (6/21)

(OEI-02-20-00490) This data snapshot showed the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Medicare beneficiaries in U.S. nursing homes in 2020. It provides objective, standardized data based on Medicare claims for beneficiaries in nursing homes throughout the country. Until this data snapshot, data on the number of nursing home residents …

CMS Will Impose CMPs Effective the Week of June 21 re: Failure to Meet COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Requirements

On May 11, 2021, CMS published an interim final rule with comment period that added new COVID-19 vaccination reporting requirements for nursing home staff and residents. CMS has provided a four-week grace period for facilities to educate themselves on the new requirements and to operationalize reporting. On June 10, 2021, …

Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Interim Final Rule (6/21)

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Labor. ACTION: Interim final rule; request for comments. SUMMARY: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with …

Revised Reporting & Timeline Requirements for Provider Relief Fund Recipients (6/21)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, …

COVID-19: OSHA Emergency Standard to Protect Healthcare Workers (6/21)

US Department of Labor’s OSHA issues emergency temporary standardto protect health care workers from the coronavirusOSHA also releases new guidance for all industries WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced it will issue an emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus. The …

HHS Office of Civil Rights Alerts Healthcare Providers Against Ransomware Attacks (6/21)

June 9, 2021 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is sharing the following alerts from the White House and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  Organizations are encouraged to review the information below and take appropriate actions. White House Memo: What We Urge …

CMS FY 2022 Budget Request: Nursing Home Survey and Infection Prevention Are a Big Focus (5/21)

Performance & Budget The CMS FY 2022 budget request has been finalized and submitted to Congress. This Congressional Justification of the budget presents the resource requests for programs, focuses on key performance measures, and summarizes program results. The FY 2022 targets and most recent activity for key CMS performance measures …

QIO COVID-19 News: Tips for Acquiring Vaccination Resources and Optimizing Vaccine Education (5/21)

Considerations for Long-Term Care Facilities on Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccination Resources The purpose of this document is to provide long-term care facilities (LTCFs) with information about acquiring COVID-19 vaccination resources for staff and residents. All LTCF staff members are categorized as health care personnel, the highest priority group for receiving the …

Tip: CMS Announces Updates to Long-Term Care (LTC) Emergency Regulatory Waivers Issued in Response to COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in an April 8, 2021, QSO memo the following updates: • CMS is announcing that select blanket waivers are ending: o The emergency blanket waivers related to notification of Resident Room or Roommate changes, and Transfer and Discharge notification requirements o The emergency …

Tip: CDC Updated Recommendations to Prevent Spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Nursing Homes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes. This guidance merges two prior documents (Responding to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes and Performing Facility-Wide SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Nursing Homes). The CDC added updates or additions to …