CDC NHSN LTCF Weekly Healthcare Personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Page UPDATED (6/22)

Weekly health care personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Long-term care facilities can track weekly COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) through NHSN. June 2022 updates As of June 29, there have been three separate updates, all of which are listed below: …

OIG Report: Staff Vaccination Rates (6/22)

An Estimated 91 Percent of Nursing Home Staff Nationwide Received the Required COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, and an Estimated 56 Percent of Staff Nationwide Received a Booster Dose (A-09-22-02003) As of the week ended March 27, 2022, we determined for the 1,000 nursing home staff members in our sample that 884 had …

CDC Notes from the Field: COVID-19–Associated Mortality Risk Among LTC Residents — Illinois, December 2020 and January 2022 (6/22)

Notes from the Field: COVID-19–Associated Mortality Risk Among Long-Term Care Facility Residents and Community-Dwelling Adults Aged ≥65 Years — Illinois, December 2020 and January 2022 The COVID-19–associated mortality rate among Illinois LTCF residents aged ≥65 years declined markedly from December 2020 to January 2022, both in absolute terms and compared …

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers List Updated (6/22)

You can read the blanket waivers for COVID-19 in the List of Blanket Waivers (PDF) UPDATED (6/16/2022). From https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page

CDC NHSN LTCF COVID-19 Module–Update (6/22)

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 in identifying resource insecurities, and informing …

CMS QSO Memo Revised: Emergency Preparedness Exercise Exemption (6/22)

Guidance related to Emergency Preparedness- Exercise Exemption based on A Facility’s Activation of their Emergency Plan Memo # QSO-20-41-ALL REVISED 05.26.2022 Posting Date 2022-05-26 Fiscal Year 2022 Summary • Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing Program Exemption – CMS regulations for Emergency Preparedness (EP) require facilities to conduct exercises to test …

Q&A: Has the 3-day qualifying hospital stay waiver expired?

Question: Has the 3-day qualifying hospital stay waiver expired? Answer from Jennifer LaBay, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, CRC: It has not. The 3-day qualifying hospital stay waiver is still ongoing; however, many other temporary waivers have been expired or are set to expire in early June. https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-19-emergency-declaration-waivers.pdf SNF information starts …

Q&A: Should I complete an interim payment assessment (IPA) for a SNF resident who now tests positive for COVID and is newly receiving isolation for the active infection?

Question: I have two residents in my facility that admitted skilled on Medicare Part A and they have since both tested positive for COVID-19. My administrator would like to claim the isolation days and has asked me to complete an IPA for both. The residents have had no changes in function …

AHRQ: Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan (5/22)

Nursing home leaders can reference this resource to ensure that the facility’s emergency preparedness plan is current and captures an all-hazards approach to meeting the health, safety, and security needs of staff and residents during an emergency or disaster. Resource: Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan (PDF, 236 …

AHRQ 5-Minute Learning Modules for Frontline Staff: Staff Support, Resident Support, Leadership, Post-Vaccination Practice, COVID-19 Identification and Prevention, Vaccination and Testing (5/22)

These brief videos offer self-paced learning for those on the front lines of nursing home care. This includes nursing assistants, housekeeping, dietary, and maintenance staff, and others. Emotional and Organizational Support for Staff series This series of three learning modules features strategies to help nursing home teams recognize and manage …