TIP: CDC and CMS Update Previous COVID-19 Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance for healthcare settings related to COVID-19 to be more setting-specific.  This was done to make it easier for healthcare personnel to find relevant guidance for the duration of the COVID-19 response. All infection prevention …

CDC Funds Nursing Home Strike Teams, Other Infection Prevention Measures (9/21)

The Biden-Harris Administration announced a $2.1 billion investment to improve infection prevention and control activities across the U.S. public health and healthcare sectors. The Biden-Harris Administration, working through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is investing American Rescue Plan funding to strengthen and equip state, local, and territorial …

Sept. 23 and Sept 29 CDC Webinars: 2021 Changes to the Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms

Topic: 2021 Changes to the Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms for Long-Term Care Facilities Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Register in advance for this webinar:https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_wQWphrcdRvCy4ATVbJ6BpQexternal icon After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­     Participants will hear a recording …

TIP: CMS Added Clarification to 3-Day Qualifying Hospital Stay Waiver

On Sept. 8, 2021, CMS released a revised Medicare FFS Response to the PHE on COVID-19 (SE20011),  including clarifications regarding the 3-day qualifying hospital stay (QHS) waiver. The following excerpt is from page 13 of this document, changes are italicized. The emergency SNF QHS and benefit period requirements under Section …

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 …

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 …