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Some Is Good, But More (Reporting) Is Better – 9 Key Points on the New Skilled Nursing CDC COVID-19 Reporting Regulations

[05/01/20]

Posted on May 1, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released 279 pages of interim final regulations to add a new provision at 42 CFR 483.80(g)(1), to require facilities to electronically report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) information about COVID-19 in a standardized format specified by CMS. What... READ MORE

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Ten Takeaways from the CMS “Ask Me (Almost) Anything” Q&A on Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Facilities Issues

[04/27/20]

Posted on April 27, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Visitation, residents leaving and returning, telephone surveys, hospitalized patients being discharged to a nursing home and other issues have been challenging for skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and nursing facilities (“NFs”) (in this alert, SNFs and NFs are collectively Long‑Term Care Facilities “LTC Facilities”) as they navigate the evolving government guidance. On April 24, 2020,... READ MORE

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CMS to Require Nursing Homes to Report COVID-19 Cases to CDC, Residents and Resident Representatives

[04/20/20]

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

The reporting and disclosure of COVID-19 positive cases have been a hot button issue for nursing homes (“NHs”). On April 19, 2020, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum entitled “Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 (or COVID‑19 Persons under Investigation) Among Residents... READ MORE

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Skilled Nursing Facilities: Compliance Lessons from Kirkland, Washington

[03/31/20]

Posted on March 31, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 23, 2020, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the preliminary results of a recent survey of a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) report, 81 residents, 34 staff and 14 visitors also became... READ MORE

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CMS Prioritizes Certain Provider Surveys and Halts Others in Response to COVID-19

[03/25/20]

Posted on March 25, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Due to the strain on the entire health care system caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memo on March 23, 2020, prioritizing certain surveys of long-term care facilities and halting all other surveys for three weeks. Specifically, the memorandum prioritizes surveys for (1) complaints and... READ MORE

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COVID-19 Guidance for Home Health Agencies

[03/18/20]

Posted on March 18, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 10, 2020, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum entitled “Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in Home Health Agencies (“HHAs”)” (“QSO Memo”) that announced recommendations for HHAs regarding taking appropriate action to address potential and confirmed COVID-19... READ MORE

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CMS Offers COVID-19 Guidance and Flexibility to PACE Programs

[03/18/20]

Posted on March 18, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Fahey, Sean J.

On March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum titled “Information for PACE Organizations Regarding Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” (“CMS Memo”) that announced COVID‑19 guidance for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (“PACE”) program organizations (“PACE Organization”). The PACE program is a... READ MORE

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CMS Memo Offers Additional Revised COVID-19 Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities

[03/16/20]

Posted on March 16, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 13, 2020, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a second revision of a memorandum entitled “Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in nursing homes (REVISED)” (“QSO Memo”) that announced recommendations for skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) regarding restricting visitors, transfers... READ MORE

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CMS Suspends Most Non-Emergency Inspections Across the United States with Goal to Focus on Infectious Diseases and Abuse

[03/06/20]

Posted on March 6, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 4, 2020, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum entitled “Suspension of Survey Activities” (“QSO Memo”) to announce that it is suspending non-emergency inspections across the United States so that inspectors may focus on infectious diseases and abuse. CMS states this... READ MORE

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CMS Proposes One-Year Delay for Certain Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Requirements – Changes Made to Compliance and Ethics Programs and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Programs

[07/17/19]

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On July 16, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a pre-publication copy of the revisions (“Proposed Rule”) to Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“RoPs”). CMS stated that it identified a number of existing skilled nursing facility... READ MORE

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