CMS Press Release

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently updated the way they determine the rate of COVID-19 positivity in counties. This has the potential to affect your facility, as the frequency that many long term care facilities must test their staff is based on the positivity rate in their county. Please read the memo from CMS below to understand what …

Trump Administration Drives Telehealth Services in Medicaid and Medicare

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

MLN Connects Thursday, October 15, 2020 On October 14, CMS expanded the list of telehealth services that Medicare Fee-for-Service will pay for during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS is also providing additional support to state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their efforts to expand access to telehealth. The actions reinforce President Trump’s Executive Order …

COVID-19 Outbreaks in Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Contrary to early predictions, a recent study confirmed that CMS Star Rating is not an accurate predictor of whether a center will experience a COVID-19 outbreak. The recent study conducted at Harvard University identified that even though there was no evidence that star rating had a significant effect on facility outbreaks, a concerning finding was that facilities that employ staff …

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

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

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 …

Memo- Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19

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On September 17, 2020, CMS released a memorandum addressing visitation guidance and the use of Civil Money Penalty (CMP) funds. The visitation guidance emphasizes core principles regarding hygeine and screening of visitors consistent with the CDC, and outlines recommendations for both indoor and outdoor visitation. It also touches on compassionate care visits, access to the long -term care ombudsman, federal …

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 …

Independent Nursing Home COVID-19 Commission Findings Validate Unprecedented Federal Response

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received the final report from the independent Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (Commission), which was facilitated by MITRE. The Commission’s findings align with the actions the Trump Administration and CMS have taken to contain the spread of the virus and to safeguard nursing home residents from the …

CMS Memo- Focused Survey Tool

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Please review the newest rule issued from CMS to understand what it means for your facility. This affects requirements for COVID-19 testing in regards to residents, staff, volunteers, and individuals providing services under arrangement. Read the summary from CMS below and click here to access the full memorandum. CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s healthcare facilities …

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

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

CMS Press Release August 26, 2020 CMS.gov 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 …