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CMS - ICD-10

CMS – Nursing Facility Specific Visitation and PPE Guidance

CMS - Open Door Forum Transcripts

CMS - Waiving the 3-day Stay Requirement

Coronavirus Commission for Safety & Quality in Nursing Homes

 

GAO

Guidance on Therapy In Nursing Homes

HHS

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Senate Aging Committee

Telehealth

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CARES Act 

 

CDC – Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes

CDC – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
 

CDC - Training resources for healthcare providers

  • CMS and CDC will have subject matter experts available on bi-weekly webinars from August 27, 2020, through January 7, 2021, from 4–5pm ET, to answer questions. Registration is required for these Question & Answer sessions. 8/25/20
     
  • Preparing for COVID-19 Webinars: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes – CDC continues to focus efforts on supporting long-term care facilities. These new webinars are intended to be a training tool/resource for frontline long-term care staff members.

CDC – Other Resources

CMS
 

  • CMS Shares Tip Sheets on Its Public Reporting Strategy for PAC QRP During COVID-19  9/8/20 (Each tip sheet details CMS’ strategy to account for quality data that has been exempted from public reporting due to the pandemic and how these exemptions impact updates to the corresponding provider Compare websites.) 
     
    • Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet
    • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet
    • Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet
    • Home Health QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet
       
  • FAQ addressing CMS’ temporary enforcement discretion for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency under CLIA for the use of SARS-CoV-2 POC antigen tests on asymptomatic individuals. Specifically, CMS will not cite facilities with a CLIA Certificate of Waiver when SARS-CoV-2 POC antigen tests are performed on asymptomatic individuals, as described in the FDA FAQ.  8/20
     
  • CMS released two guidance memos that correspond to the 3rd Interim Final Rule with Comment (IFC) also released this week.  These memos address testing requirements for nursing homes that include all staff which CMS defines in the memos to include contractors.
    Laboratory Testing Update: QSO-20-37-CLIA, NH
     Nursing Home Testing Update:  QSO-20-38-NH

 

  • CMS updated errata (V3.00.4) for the current MDS 3.0 Technical Data Specifications  5/15/20  (Item Sets support states’ abilities to calculate PDPM payment codes that was problematic under the previous MDS 3.0 Item Sets v1.17.1.)

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CMS - ICD-10

  • CMS updates for the FY 2021 2021 ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes. Providers should use these codes for discharges and patient encounters that occur from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.  6/12/20
     
  • CMS has posted FY 2021 ICD-10-PCS procedure code updates, to include a complete list of code titles, on the 2021 ICD-10-PCS webpage. CMS will post updated FY 2021 ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes later. 5/28/20
  • CMS also rescinded MLN Matters article MM11749, released on May 1, 2020 entitled, International Classification of Diseases, 10thRevision (ICD-10) & Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determination (NCDs) – October 2020 Update. The article was rescinded on May 26, 2020, when Change Request 11749, Transmittal 10092, which also was dated May 1, 2020, was rescinded in its entirety. CMS notes, “… any coding changes to National Coverage Determination 90.2, Next Generation Sequencing, contained in CR 11749 are null and void.”

CMS – Nursing Facility Specific Visitation and PPE Guidance

 

CMS - Open Door Forum Transcripts

CMS - Waiving the 3-day Stay Requirement

Coronavirus Commission for Safety & Quality in Nursing Homes

  • NASL letter urging the Commission to prioritize nursing facility patients, the providers who care for them and the services that they need as the Commission identifies best practices for nursing facilities to enable rapid and effective identification and mitigation of transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. 7/17/20

GAO

Guidance on Therapy in Nursing Homes

HHS
 

MLN Matters

NHSN reporting

OIG

Regulations

  • Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (IFC) “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency" Published version  Dated 4/6/20, effective 3/31/20  
  • Medicare Program:  Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2021

Senate Aging Committee

  • Senate Aging Committee hearing entitled, “Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis,” focusing on seniors in hospitals, long term care facilities, and in the community.  5/21/20

Telehealth

  • Coronavirus FAQ document (CMS announced that it is allowing institutional settings to furnish and bill for outpatient therapy delivered via telehealth during the ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.  See pages 70-71)  5/27/20
     
  • Toolkit for states to help accelerate adoption of broader telehealth coverage policies in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs during the 2019 COVID-19 pandemic.  4/23/20
     
  • HHS Secretary Azar’s letter urging Governors to “allow all health professionals licensed or certified in other states to practice their professions in your state either in person or via telepractice.” 3/27/20

Telehealth Funding

  • The FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide $200 million in funding to help healthcare providers provide connected care services to patients by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services until the program’s funds have been expended or the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.  According to the FCC, the program is limited to nonprofit and public eligible health care providers and includes skilled nursing facilities (as defined in section 395i-3(a) of title 42).  Applications must be submitted through the online application portal; the online application is available here.  

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Testing

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