National Partners

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program Winners Announced

In the midst of the pandemic, these homes have gone the distance to receive the prestigious AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. It is a rigorous three-level process that evaluates long-term care organizations’ capabilities against nationally recognized standards for excellence, making it one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective performance assessments available to providers.  Each progressive …

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program Winners Announced Read More »

Health Equity Updates: October Newsletter

View the latest health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? An Equity Agenda for the Field of Health Care Quality Improvement The Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry Legislation Introduced for Medicare Pilot Program for Medically-Tailored Meals …

Health Equity Updates: October Newsletter Read More »

A Letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dear Colleagues, The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the egregious and long-standing inequities that exist across the United States—inequities that have a profound effect on the physical, social, economic, and emotional health of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ+ persons, people who use drugs, people experiencing homelessness, people who are incarcerated or detained, people who do …

A Letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read More »

The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism Virtual Forum

April 27, 1–4:30 PM EDT Register April 28, 1–4:45 PM EDT Register During National Minority Health Month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) will host The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism in Health Care – a two-day virtual forum to explore the advancement of health equity and …

The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism Virtual Forum Read More »

Updated Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sharing the following information from the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Updated: April 14, 2021 Why are the FDA and CDC recommending a pause in the use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine?  The FDA and CDC are reviewing data involving six cases reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) …

Updated Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions Read More »

Pausing the Use of J&J COVID-19 Vaccine: Information for Long-Term-Care Facilities

The IPRO QIN-QIO is sharing an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The CDC and FDA recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine pending an investigation into six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the vaccine. COVID-19 …

Pausing the Use of J&J COVID-19 Vaccine: Information for Long-Term-Care Facilities Read More »

Resources on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Suspension

Information Provided by the Anticoagulation Forum Following six reported cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine in the US, the CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine pending further review. Per the CDC Health Alert (April …

Resources on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Suspension Read More »

Vaccine and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia – Update for Clinicians on Early Detection and Treatment

Thursday, April 15, 2-3PM EDT Advanced registration is not required. This COCA Call will present the latest evidence on cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) with thrombocytopenia associated with the administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Speakers will discuss what is known about CVST, the importance of early detection, and updated vaccine recommendations. If …

Vaccine and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia – Update for Clinicians on Early Detection and Treatment Read More »

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: Health Alert

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert, about the CDC and FDA’s recommended pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. We’re sharing to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for adverse events and can provide proper management due to the …

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: Health Alert Read More »

NQF’s Measure Applications Partnership Call for Nominations Now Open Through May 6

The National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Call for Nominations for organizations and individual subject matter experts is open. The MAP is a public-private partnership convened by NQF, funded by a contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to provide input to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance …

NQF’s Measure Applications Partnership Call for Nominations Now Open Through May 6 Read More »

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Reaching Vulnerable Populations

As COVID-19 vaccines continue rolling out across the country, CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS. With information coming from many different sources, CMS has up-to-date resources and materials to help you …

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Reaching Vulnerable Populations Read More »

HHS’s We Can Do This: Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

The HHS COVID-19 public education campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing. Through a nationwide network of trusted messengers and consistent, fact-based public health messaging, the campaign helps the public make informed decisions about their …

HHS’s We Can Do This: Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Read More »

CDC: How to Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccinator

CDC’s new web page reviews information and training on how to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccinator CDC posted a new web page, How to Enroll as a Healthcare Provider, for providers seeking to become COVID-19 vaccinators. This web page contains the information on how to become a COVID-19 vaccinator, and the training and resources available to …

CDC: How to Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccinator Read More »

April 13: Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2021 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. Agenda (Subject to change) Opening Remarks FY 2022 Hospice Proposed Rule Updates Recent Corrections to Home Health Claims Processing …

April 13: Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum Read More »

April 6: CMS Office Hours Call

April 6, 5–6PM EDT CMS is hosting its final COVID-19 Office hours, a recurring stakeholder engagement session to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. This session is open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask …

April 6: CMS Office Hours Call Read More »

Health Equity Updates: April Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? April: National Minority Health Month Large Federal Investments to Build Vaccine Confidence and Uptake Hospitalized Black Patients at Higher Risk for Poor Safety Outcomes Updating Health Literacy for Health …

Health Equity Updates: April Newsletter Read More »

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Updates as of April 2, 2021 Highlights Fully vaccinated people can: Resume domestic travel Do not need to get tested before or after travel Do not need to self-quarantine after travel Fully vaccinated people do not need to: Get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) Self-quarantine after arriving back in …

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People Read More »

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: What Partners Need to Know Now

March 29, 2021 – As COVID-19 vaccines continue rolling out across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers by sharing the latest COVID-19 resources from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease …

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: What Partners Need to Know Now Read More »

New C2C Telehealth Resources Available

In response to the increased use and expanded coverage of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, From Coverage to Care (C2C) released two new resources to support providers and patients in making the most of virtual care: Providers can learn how and when to use telehealth. Learn how to: Set up telehealth services Conduct a successful …

New C2C Telehealth Resources Available Read More »

We’ve Updated our COVID-19 Resources Page

Stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 resources. This month, we’re highlighting new resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), and local health departments. Updates include: CDC: COVID-19 vaccine PowerPoint for staff meetings and community presentations (Available in English and Spanish) CDC: …

We’ve Updated our COVID-19 Resources Page Read More »

Mom’s Vaccinated: When can I visit her nursing home?

It is so great that your mom, dad, or other loved ones have received their COVID-19 vaccine. This is an important step towards protecting their health, achieving herd immunity and returning to normal life. Both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognize the importance of visiting your …

Mom’s Vaccinated: When can I visit her nursing home? Read More »

Biden-Harris Administration Increases Medicare Payment for Life-Saving COVID-19 Vaccine

CMS – March 15, 2021 | Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasing the Medicare payment amount for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. This new and higher payment rate will support important actions taken by providers that are designed to increase the number of vaccines they can furnish each day, including establishing …

Biden-Harris Administration Increases Medicare Payment for Life-Saving COVID-19 Vaccine Read More »

New CMS OMH COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Vulnerable Populations Webpage

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted minority and vulnerable populations. The COVID-19 vaccine can reduce the spread of the virus and help end the public health emergency. Community partners working with racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, sexual and gender minorities, and rural populations are critical in helping consumers …

New CMS OMH COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Vulnerable Populations Webpage Read More »

CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations

March 10, 2021 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance today for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency (PHE).  This latest guidance comes as more than three million doses of vaccines …

CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations Read More »

Biden Administration to Invest $250 Million in Effort to Encourage COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Among Underserved Populations

HHS Office of Minority Health Will Offer Localities Funding to Partner with Community Organizations to Connect Minority, Underserved Populations with Vital Services, Promote Pandemic Safety Measures As part of President Biden’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness today, the Administration is announcing an effort to invest $250 million to encourage COVID-19 safety …

Biden Administration to Invest $250 Million in Effort to Encourage COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Among Underserved Populations Read More »

CDC Webinar on March 9: What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness, and Learn How to Address Patient Questions and Concerns

March 9, 2-3PM EDT No Registration Required A few minutes before the webinar starts, please click on the Zoom link to join. Passcode: 528346 Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 551 285 1373 or +1 669 …

CDC Webinar on March 9: What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness, and Learn How to Address Patient Questions and Concerns Read More »

CDC Celebrates Women’s History Month

Women’s Role in Health Literacy March is Women’s History Month, a perfect time to highlight Dr. Ruth Parker. Not only is she nationally recognized for her health literacy research, teaching, and advocacy, but she’s a professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and a professor of epidemiology at the Emory University Rollins …

CDC Celebrates Women’s History Month Read More »

CDC Event on March 4: COVID-19 Learning Community Kickoff Event

March 4, 12-1PM EDT The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting the COVID-19 Learning Community Kickoff Event. Register Today! Learn more about upcoming events and engage with national, state, regional, and local stakeholders about approaches, strategies, and resources for addressing COVID-19 health disparities. Continuing Education This event …

CDC Event on March 4: COVID-19 Learning Community Kickoff Event Read More »

CMS Resources for the Emergency Preparedness Rule

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of updated emergency response plans. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) compiled a list of resources to assist state survey agencies; state, tribal, regional and local emergency management partners; and healthcare providers in developing emergency plans that are compliant with the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. Highlighted Resources …

CMS Resources for the Emergency Preparedness Rule Read More »

Million Hearts® and CDC COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease Partner Toolkit

A year of missed preventive care is endangering minority communities. And people with serious heart conditions are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID-19. In response, Million Hearts® and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a digital media toolkit to encourage people to continue their preventive cardiovascular care. The Toolkit includes: …

Million Hearts® and CDC COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease Partner Toolkit Read More »

CDC Webinar on March 11: The Role of Telehealth in Expanding Access to Healthcare During COVID-19

Considerations for Vaccine Uptake and Monitoring for Adverse Events March 11, 2-3PM EDT Advanced registration is not required. A few minutes before the webinar starts, click on this Zoom link to join. Webinar ID: 160 034 1756Passcode: 313248 iPhone one-tap:  16692545252,,1600341756#,,,,*313248# +16468287666,,1600341756#,,,,*313248#  For Telephone, Dial: +1 669 254 5252 +1 646 828 7666 +1 551 285 …

CDC Webinar on March 11: The Role of Telehealth in Expanding Access to Healthcare During COVID-19 Read More »

CMS News on Feb. 26: Coverage of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing and Reimbursements for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured

Biden Administration Strengthens Requirements that Plans and Issuers Cover COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Without Cost Sharing and Ensures Providers are Reimbursed for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured      CMS NEWS – February 26, 2021 | In accordance with the Executive Order President Biden signed on January 21, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), …

CMS News on Feb. 26: Coverage of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing and Reimbursements for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured Read More »

CMS Conference Call on March 3: CMS Physicians, Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum

March 3, 2–3PM EDT Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. This Open Door Forum is open to everyone. This call will share updates and reminders on the on open payments and marketplace special enrollment period opportunity. If you are a member of the Press, you may listen in but please refrain …

CMS Conference Call on March 3: CMS Physicians, Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum Read More »

CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

CMS – February 19, 2021 | The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy, bamlanivimab and etesevimab, administered together, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients with positive COVID-19 test results who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 …

CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment Read More »

Webinar on March 4: Overviews of CDC’s Post-Authorization/ Post-Licensure Safety Monitoring and Communications for the COVID-19 Vaccines

March 4, 1-2PM EDT Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) will host a webinar on March 4 from 1-2PM EDT. Topics will include: COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring systems, i.e., the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and v-safe CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine communication products CDC’s Vaccinate with Confidence framework Speakers These important and timely topics will be addressed …

Webinar on March 4: Overviews of CDC’s Post-Authorization/ Post-Licensure Safety Monitoring and Communications for the COVID-19 Vaccines Read More »

Webinar on Feb. 23: MIPS Call for Promoting Interoperability Measures and Improvement Activities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET to provide an overview on the Annual Call for Measures and Activities process for the Promoting Interoperability and improvement activities performance categories, which began on February 1, 2021. The MIPS Annual Call …

Webinar on Feb. 23: MIPS Call for Promoting Interoperability Measures and Improvement Activities Read More »

What Partners Need to Know Now about Health Insurance Coverage during the Pandemic

CMS Memo – February 17, 2021 | As COVID-19 vaccines begin rolling out across the country, CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS. With information coming from many different sources, CMS has …

What Partners Need to Know Now about Health Insurance Coverage during the Pandemic Read More »

Webinar Series Starting on March 4: Nutrition, Socialization, and Health and Well-Being

March 4, 3-4PM EDT In celebration of the March anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will be holding weekly webinars throughout the month. The webinar series will focus on understanding the intention of the act and address the trifecta of nutrition, socialization, and health and well-being.  Join us on …

Webinar Series Starting on March 4: Nutrition, Socialization, and Health and Well-Being Read More »

Feb 22-24: CDC’s National Forum on the COVID-19 Vaccine

February 22–24, 2021 The National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine is a virtual event that will unite representatives from across the US government, with tribal, state, local, and territorial leaders and representatives from public health, healthcare systems, national and community-based non-governmental organizations, education, private industry, unions, and faith-based organizations. All have a role in supporting COVID-19 …

Feb 22-24: CDC’s National Forum on the COVID-19 Vaccine Read More »

CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

Agency thanks nursing homes whose staff have completed free CMS training, but urges remaining homes to take advantage of this resource CMS NEWS | Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publicly recognizing the 1,092 nursing homes at which 50% or more of their staff have completed CMS training designed to help …

CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action Read More »

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls: January

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.  Call details …

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls: January Read More »

COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: Updated Effective Date for Moderna

CMS Memo | December 22, 2020 – On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 for individuals 18 years of age and older. Review Moderna’s Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers) regarding the limitations …

COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: Updated Effective Date for Moderna Read More »

CDC Immunization Courses: Webcasts and Self Study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a new web-on-demand, self-paced training module for healthcare providers who will be administering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This module will provide information on storage, handling, preparation, administration, and documentation of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Continuing education will be available for this module. For more information, go to …

CDC Immunization Courses: Webcasts and Self Study Read More »

Webinar on Dec. 18: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

December 18, 2-3PM EDT A few minutes before the webinar starts, access this Zoom link to join. Audio iPhone one-tap: US: +16692545252,,1606816862#,,,,,,0#,,105116# or +16468287666,,1606816862#,,,,,,0#,,105116# Telephone: US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 Webinar ID: 160 681 6862 Passcode: 105116 Due to the high demand we anticipate for this COCA Call, we encourage participants …

Webinar on Dec. 18: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Read More »

Webinar on Dec. 17: Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Office Hours

December 17, 3PM EDT Join the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Office Hours to learn what the (CY) 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule means for your MDPP organization. Please be sure to read the MDPP portion of Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule before the town hall and make note …

Webinar on Dec. 17: Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Office Hours Read More »

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinars & Other Learning Opportunities

Webinar: Vaccine Confidence December 18, 11:30am-4PM EDT Register here for this event Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a discussion of promising strategies from the behavioral and social sciences to help promote the uptake of vaccines to prevent COVID-19.  To inform a forthcoming rapid expert consultation on building public confidence in SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) …

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinars & Other Learning Opportunities Read More »

COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: Updated Effective Date for Pfizer-BioNTech

CMS Memo | December 14, 2020 – On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 for individuals 16 years of age and older. Review Pfizer’s Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers) regarding the limitations of …

COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: Updated Effective Date for Pfizer-BioNTech Read More »

CDC Webinar on Dec 14: What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

December 14, 1-2PM EDT Monitoring vaccine safety is a vital part of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID-19 vaccines become available, the public’s knowledge and confidence in their safety, both initially and during extended use, is an important part of a successful national vaccination effort. CDC remains committed to ensuring that public health officials, …

CDC Webinar on Dec 14: What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Read More »

CMS Guidance for Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

CMS Memo | December 9, 2020 – CMS posted updates to FAQs and an infographic about coverage and payment for monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19. The FAQs include general payment and billing guidance for these products, including questions on different setting types. The infographic has key facts about expected Medicare payment to providers and information …

CMS Guidance for Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Antibody Treatment Read More »

It’s Not Too Late to Get the Flu Shot

It’s more important than ever for everyone to do their part to help prevent the spread of illnesses like the flu. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people are getting vaccines which puts their communities at greater risk for other preventable diseases, like the flu. When people get the flu shot, it helps protect them and …

It’s Not Too Late to Get the Flu Shot Read More »

ACL/CMS Webinar on Jan 14: Food Insecurity and Nutrition-Related Chronic Diseases during COVID-19

Reducing Food Insecurity and Nutrition-Related Chronic Diseases During COVID-19 Among Medicaid HCBS Beneficiaries January 14, 2021 | 3-4:30PM EDT The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) host a monthly webinar series that invites subject matter experts and practitioners from across the home-and-community-based services (HCBS) spectrum to share …

ACL/CMS Webinar on Jan 14: Food Insecurity and Nutrition-Related Chronic Diseases during COVID-19 Read More »

2019 National and State HAI Progress Report: HAI Prevention Possible

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the 2019 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report. The report shows that the U.S. has continued to make significant reductions in several types of HAIs – notably, about an 18% decrease in hospital onset Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) infections in acute care hospitals — …

2019 National and State HAI Progress Report: HAI Prevention Possible Read More »

COVID-19 Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibody Infusion: Enforcement Discretion Relating to SNF Consolidated Billing

To facilitate the efficient administration of COVID-19 vaccines to Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) residents, CMS is exercising enforcement discretion with respect to statutory provisions requiring consolidated billing by SNFs as well as any associated statutory references and implementing regulations, including as interpreted in pertinent guidance. Through the exercise of this discretion, CMS will allow Medicare-enrolled …

COVID-19 Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibody Infusion: Enforcement Discretion Relating to SNF Consolidated Billing Read More »

CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy, casirivimab and imdevimab, administered together, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients with positive COVID-19 test results who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. Casirivimab and imdevimab, administered …

CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment Read More »