TIP: OSHA Releases New Standard to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new emergency temporary standard for healthcare settings that includes skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). This standard requires SNFs to conduct a hazard assessment and have a written plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the facility. It also requires employers to: …

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 …

FY 2022 SNF PPS Proposed Rule Comments: AAPACN Highlights Impact of COVID-19 on SNFs

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA Every spring, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releases the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the next fiscal year’s (FY’s) payment policies and rates. This provides an opportunity for stakeholders and providers to respond during the comment period. Each year, the American …

COVID-19 Diagnosis Coding Guidance Timeline for Auditing Claims Diagnosis Coding Tool

Recently, CMS resumed medical reviews for Medicare claims for dates of service after March 2020; however, it may be difficult for facility staff to audit COVID-19-related diagnoses due to how frequently guidance was updated from February 2020 through January 1, 2021. AAPACN’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Coding Guidance Timeline for Auditing Claims …

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, …

Nationwide, Only 723 Nursing Homes Have Met 75% Staff Vaccination Goal

COVID-19 Vaccination As part of CMS’ commitment to protecting nursing home residents, nursing homes are now required to report vaccinations of residents and staff.  More information about these requirements and guidelines can be found here. High staff vaccination rates are critical to keeping rates of COVID-19 cases low. In fact, nursing homes …

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 …

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Long-term Care Facility COVID-19 Reporting Module Website UPDATED (6/21)

Most recent updates: June 9, 2021 CDC’s NHSN provides healthcare facilities, such as long-term care facilities (LTCFs), with a secure reporting platform for reporting outcomes and process measures in a systematic way. Reported data are immediately available for use in strengthening local and national surveillance, monitoring trends in infection rates, assisting …

Q&A: Do adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine need to be recorded on the OSHA log?

Question: Do adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine need to be recorded on the OSHA log? Answer from OSHA QuickTakes, June 1 : OSHA does not wish to discourage staff members from receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, or disincentivizing employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s …