Long-term care facilities (LTCFs), including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities, take care of some of the most vulnerable populations, including elderly people and those with chronic medical conditions. This, coupled with the proximity in which the residents live, staffing shortages, and often poor infection control...

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CMS says the move will enable beneficiaries to get telehealth services in physician’s offices, hospitals, nursing homes, rural health clinics – and their homes. Click HERE for the full article. Click HERE for the Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet.

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Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19 CMS announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission for those programs....

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Childcare Needs Form – Critical Public Health or Public Safety Staff Childcare Needs Form If you are an employee whose job duties are critical to protecting public health and/or public safety and are in need of childcare in order to work due to school closures please fill out the...

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Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR); Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS): COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist Centers for Disease Control (CDC): CDC Resources for Healthcare Facilities COVID-19 Resource Page Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI) Information for Healthcare Professionals Sequence for Putting on/Safe Removal of Personal...

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Suspension of Survey Activities Memo #: QSO-20-12-All Posting Date: 2020-03-04 Fiscal Year: 2020 CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s health care facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the COVID-19 and other respiratory illness. Specifically, CMS is suspending non-emergency inspections...

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Revisions were made on March 7, 2020, to reflect the following: Characteristics of patients with confirmed COVID-19 based on recent epidemiologic data from China, including characteristics of patients with COVID-19 admitted to the intensive care unit and data on pediatric cases Data regarding SARS-CoV-2 viral shedding among asymptomatic persons,...

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News reports today indicate that there have been several employees and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 identified in a skilled nursing facility in Washington state.This update #2 outlines some additional steps you should be taking since update #1 sent on Friday, February 28, 2020 to protect your residents, their...

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