LTCSP Survey F-Tag List by Regulatory Grouping UPDATED (6/21)

CMS provides a current list of F-tags by regulatory grouping used in the Long-term Care Survey Process (LTCSP) CMS updated the tag list on June 19, 2021. List of Revised FTags [Effective 06/19/2021] (PDF) From https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/GuidanceforLawsAndRegulations/Nursing-Homes.html

LTCSP Survey Pathways Updated (6/21)

Available survey pathways include the following: LTC Survey Pathways – Updated 06/19/2021 (ZIP) SNF Beneficiary Protection Notification Review Dining Observation Infection Prevention, Control & Immunizations.  Note: 6/19/2021 update for this pathway. Kitchen Observation Medication Administration Observation Resident Council Interview Quality Assessment and Assurance (QAA) and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) …

LTCSP Survey Resources: Surveyor Tools Updated (6/21)

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 …

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 …

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 …

HHS Office of Civil Rights Alerts Healthcare Providers Against Ransomware Attacks (6/21)

June 9, 2021 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is sharing the following alerts from the White House and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  Organizations are encouraged to review the information below and take appropriate actions. White House Memo: What We Urge …