Risky Business

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

On March 29, 2020, AMDA and AHCA/NCAL published a memo discussing the importance of dealing with surge management and conflicting guidelines and public policy around hospital-to-nursing home or hospital-to-assisted living community transfers. Of deep concern was the recent New York State order which states: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed …

Telehealth – Finally!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

During this public health emergency there has been an urgency to expand telehealth/telemedicine to help people receive a wider range of services from their doctors without going to a healthcare facility. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, telehealth was only covered under Medicare/Medicaid for rural providers and existing patients. In order to reduce person-to-person contact with our most vulnerable population, and …

DOL Defines Healthcare Providers Who Can Be Excluded From The FFCRA

Angie Szumlinski News

On Saturday March 28, 2020 the Dept. of Labor issued guidance on the definition of health care provider who can be excluded from paid sick leave and the FMLA expansion under the FFCRA. Essentially anyone who works in health care can be excluded, the Guidance states as follows: A healthcare provider is anyone employed at any doctor’s office, hospital, healthcare …

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CMS Request for 1135 Medicaid Waivers

Angie Szumlinski News

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation a national emergency. This bold action enables the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive certain requirements in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP under Section 1135 emergency Authority. CMS may grant state and territorial Medicaid agencies a wider range of flexibilities and states may now submit Section …

Complying with ADA During COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski News

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a press release on March 19, 2020 “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19.”  The summary covers some common employer questions about what they can do during a pandemic such as COVID-19 without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Rehabilitation Act. During a pandemic, employees may: …

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COVID-19 New Symptoms: BE AWARE!

Angie Szumlinski News

The CDC just released two new symptoms to be alert to when assessing for COVID-19. New cases of COVID-19 were identified where the only symptoms were the loss of the sense of smell and taste. These new symptoms are troubling in that these symptoms have not mirrored the typical presentation of cough, elevated body temperature, sore throat, etc. We have …

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Not “if” but “when”…

Angie Szumlinski News

As COVID-19 spreads, it’s clear that we need a plan for how we will communicate with the outside… not if, but when it strikes. The toolkit includes a checklist of who to contact when you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, a sample letter you can customize to send to family and friends, and a sample press release. Visit our …

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GI Symptoms – COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski News

According to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, nearly half of patients affected with the COVID-19 virus present with digestive problems. This is new information that was not evident even a few weeks ago and can have a direct impact on how quickly we identify residents affected. The study showed that patients affected with GI symptoms were …

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Assisted Living – Be Aware!

Angie Szumlinski News

As we navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic it is important to remember that the CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of infection apply to all senior care providers, skilled, assisted and independent. Seniors are the highest risk for a negative outcome related to this virus and all steps should be taken to protect them. This includes avoiding large groups, providing in-room dining, limiting/restricting non-essential visitors, etc. …

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COVID-19 and Hospice

Angie Szumlinski News

With the CoronaVirus paralyzing the country, we have many opportunities to assist in preventing the spread of infection. CMS and the CDC have recommended limiting visitation to “essential” visitors only. When we talk about “essential” that could mean something different to different people however in a nutshell, “if this person doesn’t come in, will you be unable to meet the …