CMS Memo- Focused Survey Tool

Angie Szumlinski News

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 …

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 …

COVID-19 Specimen Collection – A Win-Win?

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

COVID-19 Specimen Collection – A Win-Win? Everyone is talking about avoiding being tested for COVID-19 due to the technique used to obtain the specimen. True, it is not the most pleasant experience, but the good news is there may be an alternative to the nasopharyngeal swab! On June 3, 2020, the New England Journal of Medicine reported a study on …