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 …

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 …

OIG Looks at Completeness/Accuracy of CMS’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Data (9/21)

CMS’s COVID-19 Data Included Required Information From the Vast Majority of Nursing Homes, but CMS Could Take Actions To Improve Completeness and Accuracy of the Data (A-09-20-02005) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) COVID-19 data for nursing homes included the required data from the vast majority of nursing homes (e.g., …

CMS Guidance for Federal Monitoring Surveys (FMS): Infection Control, Nutrition/Hydration, Resident Rights (9/21)

Memo # 21-07-ALL Posting Date 2021-09-03 Fiscal Year 2021 Summary To provide guidance on how the CMS Location staff will conduct Federal Monitoring Surveys (FMS) in FY2021. Admin Info 21-07-ALL (PDF) Excerpt: For FY2021, there are a total of three concern areas, plus an optional fourth concern area. The areas …