SNF – Healthcare-Associated-Infections (HAIs) – QM

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Acumen to develop a claims-based quality measure of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) for the SNF QRP. The contract name is Quality Reporting Program Support for the Long-Term Care Hospital, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, Skilled Nursing Facility/Nursing Facility QRPs, and Nursing Home Compare (PAC QRP) Support. The contract number is 75FCMC18D0015. As …

Is it Safe To Fly?

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Studies

There has been a lot of controversy over whether it is safe to fly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Granted, there are people who, due to work situations, family emergencies, etc., might not have a choice on whether they fly or not while others have chosen to stay on the ground, avoiding the risk of infection that may be spread in …

PPE Burn Rate Calculator – Are You Prepared?

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

On a recent conference call with a group of providers, we discussed one of the challenges we continue to face during the pandemic, that of “being prepared”, having sufficient supplies of PPE and understanding the needs in our centers and predicting future utilization. To assist in alleviating the fear of “running out” of PPE, the CDC has provided us with …

COVID-19 Reminders

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

As this pandemic continues, we need to be vigilant in attempting to reduce the spread of the virus. Here is an infographic with a few reminders from our Resource and Education Center! To download click HERE.

Trump Administration to Release 1.5 Million N95 Respirators

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Beginning August 28, 2020, the Defense Logistics Agency will direct shipment of N95 respirators to select nursing homes that recently reported having enough supplies for only zero to three days of operations. These respirators are meant to supplement existing supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and will provide a seven-day supply for each nursing home to support an entire shift …

CMS Posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

CMS Press Release August 26, 2020 On August 26, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance for nursing homes and clinical laboratories to assist in enhancing their abilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to nursing home residents and their front line staff.  Nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to the prevalence …

Finally! HHS to Fund Assisted Living Testing

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

FINALLY HHS has announced funding for private pay assisted living facilities! As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, private pay communities can apply for Provider Relief Fund dollars by going to the appropriate PRF portal and completing the required application. This process is part of the Phase 2 distribution, and assisted living payments will be …

Battelle Decontamination System

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

On March 30, 2020 Battelle announced they had received an emergency go-ahead from the FDA to deploy its decontamination system for personal protective equipment (PPE), allowing healthcare workers to clean and reuse scarce N95 respirator masks. They system is capable of processing up to 80,000 masks per machine, per day, within what looks like a large metal shipping container. What …

CMS Announces Resumption of Routine Inspections of All Provider and Suppliers and Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance to States

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

August 17, 2020 On August 17, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will resume routine inspections of all Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers to improve the safety and quality of life of patients and residents. CMS had previously suspended certain routine inspections as part of its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 …

Facility Wide Testing – CDC Data

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Studies

The CDC recently compiled data from seven state or local health departments that conducted facility-wide testing in nursing homes. A total of 288 nursing homes conducted initial facility-wide testing during March 24-June 14 with turnaround times ranged from 1-7 days from testing until receipt of results. The study results were posted on August 14, 2020 and the discussion below summarizes …