COVID-19 Emergencies to End May 11

Presdent Joe R. Biden informed the United States Congress on Monday, January 30, that he will end the COVID-19 public health emergencies (PHE) on May 11, 2023, three years after the PHE was first announced. Ending the COVID-19 PHE will alter how the virus is treated, downgrading it from a pandemic to an endemic public…

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended Again

The Biden administration has renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) that has been in effect since January 27, 2020 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on January 11, 2023: As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  pandemic, on…

NOW AVAILABLE IN iQIES – Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the April 2023 Refresh

For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) will be based on the standard number of quarters. Due to the COVID-19 reporting exceptions, the claims-based measures have been calculated excluding Q1 and Q2 2020 data from measure calculations. For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in…

How At Home Care Providers Can Talk to Patients About COVID-19 Treatments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finalized its COVID-19 Personal Action Plan, which contains tools, information, and action steps to share with your family, colleagues, and patients. NAHC believes the Personal Action Plan will be a helpful resource for having conversations about whether they would benefit from COVID-19 treatments, what to do…

CMS Urges Timely Patient Access to COVID-19 Vaccines, Therapeutics

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance that highlights the need for health care providers and suppliers to ensure patients have access to the latest available COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. In particular, CMS is reminding nursing homes that they are required to offer the COVID-19 vaccines, including any updated COVID vaccines,…

Admin Announces New $350 Million Initiative to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced a new $350 million initiative for HRSA-supported health centers to increase COVID-19 vaccines in their communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations. This funding will support health centers administering updated COVID-19 vaccines through mobile, drive-up, walk-up,…

22 States Urge Biden Admin to Repeal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

A group of 22 states is asking the Biden administration to withdraw the mandate requiring health care workers in any Medicare and Medicaid-funded facilities be vaccinated against COVID-19. The 39-page petition from the group, led by Austin Knudsen, the Attorney General of Montana, asks the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the…

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Will Not End in January 2023

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) did not provide states and health care providers with 60-day notice of the termination of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) last Friday, meaning it will not end in mid-January 2023. The most recent externsion of the PHE occurred on October 13, 2022. The PHE dates from…

Call with Surgeon General: Increasing Bivalent Vax of Elderly & Disabled

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs and the Administration for Community Living invite you to join a webinar with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and other subject matter experts on how we can work together to accelerate vaccination of people with disabilities, older adults, and others who are…

CMS Revises Guidance for Staff Vaccination Requirements

On November 5, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued interim final rule with comment period (86 FR 61555) titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination,” which revises the requirements to establish COVID-19 vaccination requirements for staff at applicable Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers. The staff vaccination requirement…