NASL filed comments on the CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities Prospective Payment Proposed Rule for 2023. Thank you to the members of NASL's SNF PPS Workgroup who worked on the comments, submitted on June 10, 2022, and over 400 NASL advocates who submitted their own comments through NASL's Call to Action.
NASL wrapped up April by submitting comments on the latest Draft US Core for Data Interoperability Version 3 (USCDI v3), which is a standardized set of health data comprised of groupings of data (i.e., data classes) and a more granular level of data (i.e., data elements) within each grouping. Read NASL’s comments.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Xavier Becerra, extended the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for an additional 90 days, effective Saturday, April 16th, 2022, the date that the current PHE is set to expire. The new expiration date for the COVID-19 PHE is now set for Friday, July 15th, 2022. Read the official HHS announcement here.
In seven years, ALL baby boomers will be older than age 65 and for the first time in US history, seniors will outnumber children. Read the OpEd in McKnight's by NASL Exective Vice President Cynthia Morton and NASL Board member and Kno2 Chief Technology Officer Therasa Bell on overcoming challenges ahead for an already overburdened healthcare sector.
CMS issued updated guidance to State Survey Agency Directors (QSO-22-09-ALL) related to the federal vaccine mandate following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week. According to the updated guidance, health care workers in the states affected by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow CMS to implement its COVID-19 vaccine mandate will now have until February 14th to receive their first dose, and March 15th to receive their second. CMS also says that a facility that has more than 80% of staff vaccinated and has a plan to achieve a 100% staff vaccination rate within 60 days of Feb. 14 will not be subject to enforcement actions. (1/14/22)
HHS Secretary extended the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency for an additional 90 days, through April 16, 2022. Read the official HHS announcement. (1/14/22)
The US Supreme Court issued a mixed ruling, holding that the CMS COVID-19 vaccine mandate should stand but blocking the OSHA vaccine mandate for private companies with over 100 employees. As a result of the ruling, the 24 states that issued temporary injunctions blocking the mandate must now move forward with its implementation while the matter plays out in the Court of Appeals for both the Eastern District of Missouri and the Western District of Louisiana. In all states, the mandate stands for now. (1/13/22)
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