CDC Guidance: Options for Coordinating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines (9/21)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers nursing homes and other long-term care providers guidance on how to ensure their residents and staff have access to COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots. It covers everything from resident transportation to employer tax credits for paid time off to who to …

CMS QSO Memo Revised: New COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Staff/Residents (9/21)

Ref: QSO-20-38-NH REVISED 09/10/2021 TO: State Survey Agency Directors FROM: Director Survey and Certification Group SUBJECT: Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility Testing Requirements Memorandum Summary • CMS is committed to taking …

Providers Can Apply for New COVID-19 Funding Starting on Sept. 29

Combined application for American Rescue Plan rural funding and Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 will open on September 29 The Biden-Harris Administration announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is making $25.5 billion in new funding available …

Study Estimates Unreported COVID-19 Nursing Home Resident Cases/Deaths (9/21)

PUBLIC HEALTH SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 Estimates of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents Not Reported in Federal Data Karen Shen, PhD; Lacey Loomer, PhD, MSPH; Hannah Abrams, MD; et al. This cross-sectional study examines the magnitude of unreported COVID-19 cases and deaths in the National Healthcare Safety Network and provides estimates of cases and …

OIG Looks at Completeness/Accuracy of CMS’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Data (9/21)

CMS’s COVID-19 Data Included Required Information From the Vast Majority of Nursing Homes, but CMS Could Take Actions To Improve Completeness and Accuracy of the Data (A-09-20-02005) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) COVID-19 data for nursing homes included the required data from the vast majority of nursing homes (e.g., …

Study: Nursing Home Residents, Staff Lose More Than 80% of COVID-19 Immunity Six Months After Pfizer Vaccine (9/21)

Case Western Reserve University researchers, in partnership with Brown University, examine vaccine’s effectiveness over time on seniors and their caregivers 1-Sep-2021 5:00 PM EDT, by Case Western Reserve University Newswise — CLEVELAND—A new, multi-institutional study led by Case Western Reserve University—in partnership with Brown University—found that COVID-19 antibodies produced by the Pfizer …

Hurricane Ida Waivers re: Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey (9/21)

2021 Hurricane Ida Secretary Becerra used his authority in the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergency (PDF) (PHE) on August 30, 2021, giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries in Louisiana, effective August 26, 2021 and Mississippi, effective August 28, 2021. Louisiana and Mississippi guidance: Hurricane Ida …

FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine (8/21)

On Aug. 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also …

Resident COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations Could Begin by Sept. 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 18, 2021 Today, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people. The statement is attributable to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for …