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 …

LTCSP Survey Pathways Updated (9/21)

Available survey pathways include the following: LTC Survey Pathways – Updated 09/14/2021 (ZIP)   SNF Beneficiary Protection Notification Review Dining Observation Infection Prevention, Control & Immunizations.  Note: 9/14/2021 update for this pathway. Kitchen Observation Medication Administration Observation Resident Council Interview Quality Assessment and Assurance (QAA) and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement …

LTCSP Survey Resources: Surveyor Tools Updated (9/21)

This ZIP file contains resources for surveyors conducting initial surveys under the Long-term Care Survey Process (LTCSP). It is a one-stop shop containing a multitude of reference materials that are provided to the surveyors going into facilities, including, for example, a document detailing their principles of documentation, a document showing how …

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 …

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 …