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 …

Study: COVID-19 Outbreaj in a French Nursing Home With Most Residents Vaccinated (9/21)

Investigation of an Outbreak of COVID-19 in a French Nursing Home With Most Residents Vaccinated Catherine Burugorri-Pierre, MD; Carmelo Lafuente-Lafuente, MD, PhD; Christel Oasi, MD; et al. This cohort study investigates an outbreak of COVID-19 among residents and health care professionals in a French nursing home in which most residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. open …

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 …

CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes Updated (9/21)

Summary of Recent Changes Updates as of Sept. 10, 2021 Updated outbreak response guidance to promote use of contact tracing approach. Alternative broad-based approaches to outbreak response at a facility-wide or unit level are also described. Updated expanded screening testing recommendations for healthcare personnel (HCP). Updated recommendations for quarantine of …

CDC COVID-19 Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel Updated (9/21)

Summary of Recent Changes Updates as of September 10, 2021 Updated source control recommendations to address limited situations for healthcare facilities in counties with low to moderate community transmission where select fully vaccinated individuals could choose not to wear source control. However, in general, the safest practice is for everyone …

Sept. 30 CDC COCA Call: Evaluating and Supporting Patients Presenting With Fatigue Following COVID-19

Overview During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss Post-COVID conditions (PCC), an umbrella term for the wide range of health consequences present four or more weeks after infection with SARS-CoV-2, which includes Long-COVID. It can be difficult to distinguish symptoms of fatigue and post-exertional malaise caused by PCC from symptoms that …

CMS Seeks TEP Nominees by Oct. 11 re: Cross-Setting Vaccination Measures

Cross-setting Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the Maintenance and Development of Vaccination-Related Items and Measures for the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)/Nursing Home (NH), and Home Health (HH) Settings Dates: The Technical Expert Panel nomination period opens on September 10, 2021 and closes on October 11, …

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 …