COVID-19 Helpful Links

 

 

 

COVID-19 Links - Page One

 

Page One Topics:

 

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021

 

CARES ACT

 

CDC – Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes

CDC – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

CDC – Other Resources

CDC - Training resources for healthcare providers

CDC – Vaccination Resources

 

CMS

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

 

 

Page Two Topics:

 

HHS

 

MLN Matters

 

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

NHSN Reporting

 

OIG

Project Echo

Regulations

 

Senate Aging Committee

 

Telehealth

Telehealth Funding

 

Testing

 

Vaccination Resources - CDC

Vaccination Resources - Other

 

NASL and Members in the News

 

Biden-Harris Administration

 

 

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021

 

 

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133), a sweeping bipartisan $1.4 trillion dollar year-end government funding piece of legislation, which includes $900 billion in COVID relief.  The bill now heads to the President’s desk for final signature, which we expect to occur this week.  Read NASL’s Summary of H.R. 133 and the partial fix to the Physician Fee Schedule cuts scheduled to begin January 1. 12/22/20

 

CARES Act 
 

 

 

 

 

CDC – Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes

 

 

 

 

CDC – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
 

 

CDC – Vaccination Resources

 


 

CDC Vaccine Resources for Long Term Care:

 

 

 

 

 

Vaccination – Other

 

 

CDC - Training resources for healthcare providers

  • The CDC has created a hub of job aids in their free Laboratory Training eLearning courses and turned them into PDF and MS Word documents.  Many of the job aids are relevant to SARS-CoV-2 testing and come from the trainings listed on their Preparing and Supporting Laboratories Responding to COVID-19 page.  12/4/20
     
  • 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 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.)
     

 

CMS - ICD-10

 

  • New CDC ICD-10-CM codes added 12/3/20 for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to allow more information to be captured by CDC surveillance and through health care claims. 
     
  • 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

 

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