CDC Updates “How COVID is Spread” Webpage

Yesterday, the Centers for Diseasse Control & Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance to its How COVID-19 Spreads website, which includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC continues to believe, based on current science, that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a…

COVID-19 Nursing Home Facility Info for Home Health & Hospice

The Quality, Safety and Oversight (QSO) group of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a memo to nursing homes that is of interest to hospice and home health  providers.  Specifically, QSO-20-29-NH Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes,…

CMS Nursing Home FAQs on Policies Related to Admission of Hospice Staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided a recap of previous guidance related to nursing home visitors (see Q&A 4) and access to facility patients by health care workers, including hospice workers (Q&A 6). Most recently, as part of a memorandum to state survey agency directors (QSO-20-28-NH: Quality Nursing Home Five Star…

Home Health Grouper Updated with New COVID-19 and Vaping-Related Disorder Diagnosis Codes

As reported previously, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced a change to the effective date for the new ICD-10 diagnosis code for COVID-19 to April, 1 2020, and issued supplemental guidance. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicated there would be updates to previously released transmittals to reflect this change. …

CMS Issues COVID-19 Recommendations to Nursing Homes

Late last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued critical recommendations to state and local governments, as well as nursing homes, to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus COVID-19 in nursing homes. Nursing homes have become an accelerator…

Update to Home Health Grouper for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced a change to the effective date for the new ICD-10 diagnosis code for COVID-19 to April, 1 2020, and issued supplemental guidance. According to the announcement, due to the urgent need to capture the reporting of this condition on  health care  claims and surveillance data,…

CMS Issues Revised COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Homes with Clearer Exception for Hospice Workers

NAHC advocacy wins key revision for hospice care The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised a memo issued last week to allow hospice workers to access facilities to provide care to patients. Last week NAHC reported on memos released by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Safety and Oversight Group…

NAHC Has Info You Need about Coronavirus

New cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are being identified all over the United States and there is justifiable concern about the potential spread and severity of this virus in this country and abroad. Home health and hospice agencies must prepare for the impact a widespread outbreak of coronavirus could have on agency operations. The National Association…

Surveyors to Enforce CDC Guidance for the 2019 Coronavirus

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a letter to surveyors that addresses infection control adherence for health care facilities related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and reminds surveyors that providers must consider emerging infectious diseases in their emergency preparedness plans. The letter includes interim guidance issued by the Centers for…

CDC Revises Guidance for Infection Control in Heath Care Personnel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new publication titled: Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel: Infrastructure and Routine Practices for Occupational Infection Prevention and Control Services. The document is an update of four sections of Part I, and their associated recommendations, of the Guideline for infection control in health care personnel…