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May 28, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing it has begun distributing billions in additional relief funds to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to help them combat the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing homes play a pivotal role in providing skilled care to our nation’s vulnerable seniors. During this pandemic, nursing homes have faced unique challenges as their population of high-risk seniors are more vulnerable to respiratory pathogens like COVID-19. This funding, which supplements previously announced ...

Policy Snapshot
May 28, 2020

The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would reallocate visas previously authorized by Congress that have not currently been used. Of these, 15,000 visas would be reallocated for foreign-born physicians and 25,000 visas for foreign-born nurses. While meeting the demands posed by the current public health crisis, the legislation would ensure durable immigration status for this vital workforce.

These visas would be drawn from a pool that Congress had previously authorized but that have since gone unused. Country caps would not apply to these visas and they would be issued in order...

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....

Policy Snapshot
May 21, 2020

Hospitals, health systems, and providers: Ask the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) questions about its temporary actions that empower you to:

  • Increase hospital capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls
  • Rapidly expand the health care workforce
  • Put patients over paperwork
  • Promote telehealth

Conference lines are limited; CMS encourages you to join via audio webcast. Or you can call 833-614-0820/ passcode 8977438....

Policy Snapshot
May 21, 2020

These calls provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. Leaders in the field also share best practices. There is an opportunity to ask questions if time allows.

Conference lines are limited; CMS encourages you to join via audio webcast. Or you can call 833-614-0820/passcode 1243649.

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Policy Snapshot
May 14, 2020

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new ...

Policy Snapshot
May 14, 2020

Last week, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma penned a letter to nursing home management and staff. Administrator Verma shared her gratitude for the unwavering dedication and commitment of the management and staff in keeping...