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CMS Memo Offers COVID-19 Discharge, Transfer and Cohorting Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Facilities

[04/14/20]

Posted on April 14, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

The transfers and discharges of COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 negative residents are challenging for skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and/or nursing facilities (“NFs”), (in this alert, SNFs and NFs are collectively Long‑Term Care Facilities “LTC Facilities”) as they navigate the evolving government guidance and delicate communication and public relations areas. On April 13, 2020, the... READ MORE

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Creating COVID-Only Skilled Nursing Facilities: Advantages and Disadvantages

[04/09/20]

Posted on April 9, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recently issued new recommendations to state and local governments and skilled nursing facilities (“facility”) to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Two states also recently announced they will pay facilities a premium to identify as COVID-only facilities.... 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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Do SNFs, HHAs and Hospice Providers Need Individual Section 1135 Waivers for COVID-19 Activities?

[03/20/20]

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

Published by: Hall Render

On March 13, 2020, Secretary Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services (the “HHS”) issued a letter titled “Waiver or Modification of Requirements Under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act” (the “Azar Letter”) that grants the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (the “CMS”) the authority to issue waivers specific to... 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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Emergency! OIG SNF Audits Reveal Failure to Comply with Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness Regulations

[02/13/20]

Posted on February 13, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Most skilled nursing facilities are not correctly complying with life safety requirements or emergency preparedness requirements, according to three recent reports by the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OIG recently issued three reports on its audits of life safety requirements or emergency preparedness requirements:... READ MORE

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CMS Announces Post-Acute Priorities for 2020 – Final Regulations, State Operation Manual Updates, Home Health and Hospice Survey Process Revisions

[12/20/19]

Posted on December 20, 2019 in Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On December 11, 2019, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors entitled “Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Mission & Priority document (MPD) – Action” (“FY 2020 Memo”) that announced its work and intentions for the fiscal... READ MORE

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CMS Memo Addresses Status of Interpretive Guidance for Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Facility Regulations and Arbitration Agreements

[11/25/19]

Posted on November 25, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On November 22, 2019, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum entitled “Updates and Initiatives to Ensure Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes” (“QSO Memo”) that announced a status update on the Interpretive Guidance for: (1) Phase 3 elements of the regulations in Part... READ MORE

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Skilled Nursing Licensure Update: Changes to Kansas Skilled Nursing Change of Ownership Law

[11/06/19]

Posted on November 6, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On April 22, 2019, Governor Laura Kelly approved Kansas Senate Bill 15 (the “New Law”) into law. The New Law contains several changes to the Kansas change of ownership provision in the Kansas Adult Care Home Licensure Act (“Act”) and was effective May 9, 2019. Changes to Kansas’ Skilled Nursing Change of Ownership (“CHOW”)... READ MORE

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