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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.

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CMS
 

  • COVID-19 Nursing Home DatasetNH Rates for week ending November 15, 2020
  • CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season (11/20/20)  View the Alert.
  • CMS Nursing Home Podcast Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff  11/19/20 (Discusses training and infection control practices in nursing homes to help combat the spread of COVID-19.)
  • CMS Takes Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment - Coverage Available at No Cost to Beneficiaries Across Variety of Settings in Health Care System View the Monoclonal Antibody COVID-18 Infusion Program Instruction here11/10/20
  • CMS Posts Updated COVID-19 Nursing Home Data for Week Ending November 8, 2020
  • CMS Nursing Home Resource Center, a new online resource center that will consolidate all nursing home information, guidance and resources into a user-friendly, one-stop-shop.  10-30-20
  • Two New Video Tutorials have been released by CMS 10/28/20
  • CMS guidance memo, “COVID-19 Pandemic Response, Laboratory Data Reporting: CARES Act Section 18115” updated to include nursing facility requirement to report their COVID testing results from the Point of Care devices performed in their facility to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).  CMS is giving providers until November 20, 2020 to be ready to report through NHSN. Please note that the updated memo still has the old June 4th date on it. 
     
  • Enforcement Discretion Relating to Consolidated Billing During PHE  10/16/20  (To facilitate the efficient administration of COVID-19 vaccines to SNF residents, CMS will exercise enforcement discretion with respect to consolidated billing statutory provisions.) 
     
  • CMS Changes Medicare Payment to Support Faster COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing10/16/20 (Starting January 1, Medicare will pay $100 to laboratories that complete high throughput COVID-19 diagnostic tests within two calendar days of the specimen being collected; laboratories that take longer than two days will  be paid $75. 
     
  • MLN Matters #11982 re: Change Request 11982 10/15/20 (Revised due to an incorrect date for one of the codes)
     
  • CMS Updates PDPM Grouper DLL V1.0008  10/9/20 (Corrects Issue That Can Cause Incorrect PDPM Recalculation.  Select PDPM_V1.0008_Package (ZIP) to download the file containing the updated PDPM DLL V1.008.) 
  • CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans made to Providers during COVID-19 10/8/20  (Under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act repayment will now begin one year from the issuance date of each provider or supplier’s accelerated or advance payment.)  
     
  • CMS FAQs on Nursing Home Visitation 10/6/20 (Facilities may use creative means to allow visits before reaching phase 3, such as outside visits. However, all precautions to prevent COVID-19 transmission should still be enforced during such visits.  For those patients who are unable to participate in outdoor visits, Civil Money Penalty (CMP) reinvestment funds may be used for programs to provide adaptive communicative technologies so these patients may enjoy virtual visits.)
     
  • CMS Releases Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot Monthly COVID-19 Data Release for services provided from January 1 to August 15, 2020. 10/2/20 
    • Review the data here.
    • Read the FAQ on the monthly COVID-19 Data Release for more details about this data.
    • To review the latest COVID-19 Nursing Home Data for the week ending September 20, 2020, go here.
  • CMS Updates Medicare COVID-19 Snapshot  11/19/20 (Monthly update covering the period from January 1 to September 12, 2020 of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population, showing over 1 million COVID-19 cases among the Medicare population and over 332,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations.)
  • CMS Updates COVID-19 Testing Methodology for Nursing Homes  9/29/20 (Facilities are expected to use the county-level, color coded rating system to determine the frequency for testing facility staff and residents in accordance with CMS guidance.)
     

  • Updated SNF Quality Reporting Program COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet Posted 9/8/20  (The purpose of this Tip Sheet is to help providers understand CMS’ public reporting strategy for the PAC QRP in the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency).

  • CMS Updates Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines  9/17/20 (Provides a roadmap for resuming indoor visits based on community COVID-19 spread and emphasizes the importance of meeting residents’ psychosocial needs.)
     
  • CMS has updated the Nursing Home COVID-19 data for the Week Ending: 09/06/2020.
     
  • 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 Finance Committee

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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