States Continue to Fall Short in Meeting Required Timeframes for Investigating Nursing Home Complaints: 2016-2018

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Case Study

The nursing home complaint process is a critical safeguard to protect vulnerable residents of nursing homes. CMS relies on the States’ respective survey agencies to serve as the front-line responders to address health and safety concerns raised by residents, their families and nursing home staff. State survey agencies must conduct onsite investigations within certain timeframes for the two most serious …

CMS Categorical LSC Waiver Memo For Corrugated Medical Tubing

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By AAAASF September 28, 2020 On September 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a memo describing instances where Medicare-participating ASCs may use Corrugated Medical Tubing (CMT). Currently, the CMS regulations require compliance with the 2012 NFPA 99 which requires medical gas and vacuum system distribution piping to be rigid copper tubing and does not include provisions …

Moment of Silence Planned for Residents, Caregivers Lost to COVID

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Patrick Connole 10/6/2020 ​The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is asking long term care professionals, residents, their loved ones, and members of the public to partake in a national moment of silence on Oct. 8 to honor the tens of thousands of lives lost in these settings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We’re asking fellow Americans …

Provider Relief Fund

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The Provider Relief Fund supports healthcare providers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPCHE), the federal government has allocated $175 billion in payments to be distributed through the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Qualified providers of health care, services and …

National Nursing Home COVID Action Network – Press Release September 29, 2020

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The National Nursing Home COVID Action Network, a partnership between AHRQ, the University of New Mexico’s ECHO institute and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), provides free training and mentorship to nursing homes across the country to increase the implementation of evidence-based infection prevention and safety practices to protect residents and staff. As of Fall 2020, nearly one-quarter of the …

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 …