CDC’s New Guidance for Health Care Workers

Last Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for several COVID-19 pandemic infection control recommendations in health care delivery settings. The new guidance does away with the vaccination status of health care workers when determining whether to screen them for COVID-19, quarantine those workers, or employ “source control” measures such as…

Flu Shot: Encourage Preferred Vaccines for Patients 65+

It’s time to talk with your patients about flu shots. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October or as soon as possible each flu season. You can give flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same visit. New for this flu season: Patients 65 and older should get…

Your Help Needed with COVID-19 Survey

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program has been working on an initiative to develop and distribute at-home COVID-19 tests that are accessible to people with a range of disabilities. As part of this effort, they are working to collect user experiences with existing at-home COVID tests, and have prepared…

Tell CMS How to Improve Efficiency, Advance Equity

NAHC will be submitting comments; GO HERE to submit your own comments to CMS To make comment suggestions to NAHC, please email tom@nahc.org Deadline for comments is November 4 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request For Information (RFI) seeking public input on accessing health care and related challenges, understanding…

COVID-19 Boosters Available Now, May Become Annual

New COVID-19 booster shots are available now (or within days), according to a Biden administration briefing on the latest developments with the virus’ vaccines. What’s more, the public should expect regular annual booster shots against the virus will be necessary. “It is becoming increasingly clear, that looking forward with the Covid-19 pandemic, in the absence…

CMS Revises PHE Fact Sheets to Reflect Extension for use of Telehealth to Perform HH, Hospice F2F Encounters

On August 18, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued extensive materials providing guidance related to the planned phase-out of various waivers, regulations, enforcement discretion, and sub-regulatory guidance that were utilized to ensure access to care and give health care providers the flexibilities needed to respond to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).…

CMS Listening Session with Providers & Suppliers on Emergency Prep

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 1:00-2:30PM ET REGISTER HERE The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking to gather information from health care providers and suppliers on their experiences providing support during public health emergencies (PHE) outside of the COVID-19 PHE. The input and lessons-learned from this session will be used to evaluate CMS…

Congress Seeks Intel on Impact of Travel Nurses on Health Care Sector

Travel nurses have long been a staple of the health care sector, but as the result of the ongoing health professions shortage and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), use of travel nurses has become a much more prevalent aspect of our nation’s health care delivery system.  In conjunction with growth in the demand for…