TIP: COVID-19 Vaccination and Therapeutics Toolkit Now Available

The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) has developed a new toolkit with their partners. This free toolkit provides resources for clinicians to help them navigate challenging questions. This toolkit includes: For permission to use or reproduce this tip in full or in part, please complete a permissions form. 

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

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. December and November 2022 updates Event Level COVID-19 Vaccination Form Quick Reference Guide [PDF – 1 MB] –  December 2022 Quick …

CMS QSO Memo QSO-23-03-All: The Importance of Timely Use of COVID-19 Therapeutics

Note that this memo is for all healthcare providers, but there are several “nursing homes in particular” statements, including but not limited to: “Nursing homes, in particular, should review and reinforce their infection control protocols as we move into fall and winter, when respiratory infections are more commonly transmitted. In …

QIN-QIO Webinar Series Focuses on Using QAPI to Improve COVID-19 Booster Acceptance (11/22)

TMF Health Quality Institute, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), works with nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Puerto Rico and Texas to improve staff and resident COVID-19 vaccination and booster rates. To accomplish this, TMF provides technical …

COVID-19 Vaccination and Therapeutics in PALTC Toolkit: Resources for Clinicians (11/22)

AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine partnered with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants/Associates to create this toolkit for clinicians working in postacute and long-term care settings. https://paltc.org/sites/default/files/Vax%20and%20Pax%20toolkit_11_14_FINAL.pdf

HHS Long COVID Report (11/22)

A report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlights patients’ experience of Long COVID to better understand its complexities and drive creative responses by government leaders, clinicians, patient advocates and others. Long COVID is a set of conditions. Researchers have cataloged more than 50 conditions …

Tips to Provide a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

Over the last two years, the holidays have been difficult for many residents, families, and providers. However, things seem to be looking up as we near the end of 2022! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently relaxed …

TIP: CMS Revises Guidance for COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised guidance regarding COVID-19 staff vaccination requirements. This revision combines previous memos QSO-22-07-ALL, QSO-22-09-ALL, and QSO-22-11-ALL.CMS defines noncompliance of this requirement as a “rate of less than 100% of unexcepted staff being fully vaccinated.” Note that fully vaccinated means it has been …

COVID-19 Diagnosis Flow Chart for FY 2023

The complexities of assigning codes for COVID-19 and associated manifestations can be a confusing process. The AAPACN COVID-19 Diagnosis Flow Chart tool uses chapter-specific coding guidance for FY 2023 and will assist the user to ensure all appropriate diagnoses are considered when using the ICD-10-CM coding manual for final code …

CMS QSO Memo QSO-23-02-ALL: Revised Guidance for COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Requirements

Revised Guidance for Staff Vaccination Requirements Memo # QSO-23-02-ALL Posting Date 2022-10-26 Fiscal Year 2023 Memorandum Summary • CMS is committed to taking critical steps to protect vulnerable individuals to ensure America’s health care facilities are prepared to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE). • …