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JAMDA
May 21, 2020

In the months stretching out ahead of us in the prevention of COVID-19, we must keep our residents safe from the risk of circulating virus, but we also must promote person-centered geriatric care allowing family presence as essential care partners.

JAMDA
May 21, 2020

The public health measures associated COVID-19 have induced many challenges for older adults, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Gerontechnology–such as information and communication technologies, robots, telehealth, wearable technologies, remote sensors, and Internet of Things–can assist older people and caregivers to cope with the pandemic.

Spotlight
May 21, 2020

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Are patients being “rehabbed to death”? This was the topic of an insightful conversation in a recent AMDA On-The-Go podcast with host Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, and guest Lynn Flint, MD, assistant clinical professor in the Division of Geriatrics...

Policy Snapshot
May 21, 2020

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes across the country. The recommendations would allow states to make sure nursing homes are continuing to take the appropriate and necessary steps to ensure resident safety and are opening their doors when the time is right. This also serves to help states and nursing homes reunite families with their loved ones in a safe, phased manner.

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Policy Snapshot
May 21, 2020

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance for infection prevention in long-term care facilities. The tiered recommendations address nursing homes in different phases of COVID-19 response. They added a recommendation to assign an individual to manage a facility’s  infection control program and a new requirement for nursing homes to report to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The guidance further recommends that facilities create a plan for testing residents and health care personnel for SARS-CoV-2.

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Policy Snapshot
May 21, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 item sets (version 1.17.2 (ZIP)) and related technical data specifications. These changes support the calculation of Patient Driven Payment Model payment codes on Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) assessments when not combined with the 5-day skilled nursing facility prospective payment system assessment. Visit the ...

Policy Snapshot
May 21, 2020

A new MLN Matters Special Edition Article SE20018 on COVID-19 Blanket Swing Bed Waiver for Addressing Barriers to Nursing Home Placement for Hospitalized Individuals (PDF) is available. Learn answers to key questions about providing skilled nursing level care for hospitalized patients who do not need acute level care but cannot find nursing home placement during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency....