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COVID-19 Workshop on June 11: Current Best Practices for COVID-19 Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Part 2

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us for a continuation of our conversation with an infectious disease physician, a nursing facility medical director and a pharmacist as they discuss the latest COVID-19 scientific findings with a focus on the nursing home setting. …

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Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspections Results Available on Nursing Home Compare

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting the first set of underlying coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) nursing home data. On April 19, 2020, CMS announced the requirement that nursing homes to inform residents, their families, and their representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities. In addition to this, nursing homes are …

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National Nursing Home Training Series

Brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program Thursdays through July 16, 2020 @ 4-5 p.m. ET Registration is required for all sessions The onset of COVID-19 has taken the need for nursing home infection prevention to a level that has never been seen …

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Individualized Technical Assistance for Nursing Homes

On June 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a statement on new infection control guidance for nursing homes. The statement describes enhanced accountability measures that come at a time when most organizations are weary from their COVID-19 pandemic efforts. CMS enlisted Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs), like the IPRO QIN-QIO, …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 6/1/20

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 …

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COVID-19 Workshop on June 4: Current Best Practices for COVID-19 Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us for our next COVID-19 Workshop on June 4: Current best practices for COVID-19 management in skilled nursing facilities Materials Recording Presentation – Resources shared during the webinar are included at the end of the presentation. …

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Toolkit Connects Nursing Homes with Local Solutions to COVID-19 Crisis Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new toolkit developed with QIN-QIOs to aid nursing homes, governors, state departments of health and other agencies who provide oversight and assistance to these facilities to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic within nursing homes. The toolkit features best practices from a …

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Updated: COVID-19 Workshop on May 28: Caring for Older Adults with Diabetes in Long-Term Care

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 10:30-11am Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Our May 28 workshop will feature Dr. Sarah Sy, Geriatric Diabetes Fellow in Boston, MA, who will provide insights about caring for older adults with diabetes living in long-term care facilities. Join us to improve your knowledge in: Recognizing …

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CMS Gives States Additional Flexibility to Address Coronavirus Pandemic

CMS has approved over 200 requests for state relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including recent approvals for Alaska, Iowa, Hawaii, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, and Virginia. These approvals help to ensure that states have the tools they need to combat COVID-19. This is done through a wide variety of …

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Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

Earlier this year, CMS took action to ensure America’s patients, health care facilities, and clinical laboratories were prepared to respond to COVID-19. To help increase testing, CMS developed two codes that laboratories can use to bill for certain COVID-19 lab tests, including serology tests. CMS has updated its guidance to include payment details for additional …

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Trump Administration Issues Guidance to Ensure States Have a Plan in Place to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes

CMS announced new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes across the country. The guidance released today is part of President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again. It details critical steps nursing homes and communities should take prior to relaxing restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 5/18/20

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 …

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COVID-19 Workshop on May 21: Using the NHSN COVID-19 LTC Module: Data Entry for Enrolled Organizations

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 10:30-11am Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a module within the web-based National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting system for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to enter COVID-19 data. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandates …

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CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19

CMS released a new toolkit developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies who provide oversight and assistance to these facilities, with additional resources to aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic within nursing homes. The toolkit builds upon previous actions taken by the Centers for …

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AHRQ’s COVID-19 Resources

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shares a new online resource that provides access to critical research and tools related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource was developed to support healthcare professionals in their effort to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes: tools and resources for improving clinical practice in hospitals, ambulatory care …

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CDC Hosts NHSN Live Q & A Session

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) will be hosting a Live Q & A Session on Thursday, May 14, 2020. This session will solely discuss COVID-19 Module for Groups and answer Group User specific questions. You will have the opportunity to join this session via ZOOM and you must register to gain access. Please note …

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Letter From CMS Administrator to Nursing Home Workers

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma penned a letter to nursing home management and staff. Administrator Verma shared her gratitude for the unwavering dedication and commitment of nursing home management and staff in keeping residents safe and for continuing to compassionately care for those who rely on them during …

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May 11-15: CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls

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 …

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COVID-19 Workshop on May 14: NHSN COVID-19 Module for Long-Term Care Facilities

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10:30-11am Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a module within the web-based National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting system for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to enter COVID-19 data. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandates …

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CMS News Summary – MAY 7, 2020

Here is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions taken in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, click here www.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to …

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New Guidance Available on Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes

CMS issued a memo and frequently asked questions addressing the new requirement that nursing homes and long term care facilities report COVID-19 facility data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to residents, their representatives, and their families. This action, included in the recent Interim Final Rule with Comment Period, will support …

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RIDOH Shares Personal Protective Equipment Videos

Personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators (like N95s), facemasks (such as surgical masks), face shields and other eye protection, gowns, and gloves, are in short supply across the United States. Until appropriate PPE is available, the Rhode Island Department of Health provide guidance on the prioritization and conservation of PPE. Watch these educational videos on …

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Register Now: CDC is Hosting 4 Live Q&A Sesions on the NHSN COVID-19 Module

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – SPACE IS LIMITED The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting four live Q&A sessions on the NHSN COVID-19 Module. Sessions: If you plan to attend more than one session, you must register for each individually. May 6, 1:00pm ET: LTCFs COVID-19 Live Q&A Session Pt. 1: Module and …

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CMS Releases Updated Fact Sheets

CMS has updated multiple fact sheets that summarize changes made through regulatory actions in response to COVID-19. View more resources available on CMS waivers and flexibilities here. A full list of emergency declaration blanket waivers for health care providers implemented to date is available here. Additional fact sheets include: Clinicians:  Physicians and Other Practitioners (PDF) …

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May 12 Webinar: Rural Health and COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 4-5:00pm EST Delivering healthcare in rural communities presents unique challenges that have always required coordination and innovation. Now, more than ever, it is essential that rural communities and healthcare providers have access to the resources they need to combat COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) …

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CMS COVID-19 Calls: May 5-8, 2020

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 …

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes from IHI & John A. Hartford Foundation

On Monday, May 4, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, is launching the COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes. The network is designed to support nursing home leadership, staff, residents and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Rapid Response Network will feature a daily 20-minute National …

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CDC’s NHSN LTCF COVID-19 Module: CDC Holds Additional NHSN Trainings

CDC is holding additional NHSN trainings on the COVID-19 Module for Long-term Care Facilities (LTCF). Please check the NHSN website before each training session to make sure that the information has not changed. COVID-19 Module for Long-term Care Facilities Enrollment Guidance When: May 4, 2020 Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) …

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COVID-19 Workshop Series on May 7: Crucial Elements of End-of-life Conversations

Thursday, May 7, 10:30-11:00am Based on the success of the IPRO QIN-QIO April 30 webinar, we’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of 30-minute webinars on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am, beginning on Thursday, May 7. Learn more. We’re committed to helping you provide the best care for your residents, a …

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Weekly COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls

CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows. Home Health and Hospice (Tuesdays at 3:00 PM Eastern) Tuesday, …

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Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask …

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CDC’s LTC Mini-Webinars

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) long-term care (LTC) mini-webinars are now live! These mini-webinars are all published on the Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs) web page at the bottom under a “Webinar Series” section. View the handout (PDF). These new webinars will be a great training …

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Updated: CDC’s COVID-19 NHSN Module for Long Term Care Facilities

CDC’s NHSN provides healthcare facilities, such as long term care facilities (LTCF) with a customized system to track infections and prevention process measures in a systematic way. Tracking this information allows facilities to identify problems, improve care, and determine progress toward facility and national healthcare-associated infection goals. The NHSN Long-term Care Facility Component is supporting …

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CMS COVID-19 Calls and Webinars

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 4/27/20 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 …

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COVID-19 Workshop: Staff Trauma, Resilience, & COVID-19

Thursday, April 30, 10:30-11:00am We know you’re committed to providing the best care for your residents, a task made even more challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic—which has everyone in a state of alert.  Nursing home staff members are feeling this acutely–worrying about their jobs, families, residents, and what happens if they get sick. The …

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CDC’s New PPE Educational Materials

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) educational materials to be used as an aide when training healthcare personnel on selecting and correctly using; donning (putting on), doffing (taking off), and disposing of PPE to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19 in the healthcare settings.   New COVID-19 …

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Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System Updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts, and FAQs

CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s nursing homes are prepared to respond to the threat of the COVID-19. Nursing Home Compare website & Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System: We are announcing that the inspection domain will be held constant temporarily due to the prioritization and suspension of certain surveys, …

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Optimize PPE Supply

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used every day by healthcare personnel (HCP) to protect themselves, patients, and others when providing care. PPE helps protect HCP from potentially infectious patients and materials, toxic medications, and other potentially dangerous substances used in healthcare delivery. PPE shortages are currently posing a tremendous challenge to the US healthcare system …

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Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask …

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Trump Administration Announces New Nursing Homes COVID-19 Transparency Effort

Agencies partner with nursing homes to keep nursing home residents safe Today, under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new regulatory requirements that will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities. In addition, as part of President Trump’s …

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Long-Term Services and Supports Solutions Newsletter — April 2020

Upcoming webinar: COVID-19 in Indian CountryWednesday, April 22Long-Term Services and SupportsSOLUTIONSTechnical assistance for culturally competent care LTSS Technical Assistance CenterVisit the online LTSS TA Center for videos, best practices, toolkits, a resource library, and a step-by-step planning roadmap. COVID-19 and LTSS in Indian CountryBelow are tips for long-term services and supports (LTSS) facilities and home-based …

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CMS Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19

On behalf of CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, we invite you to join CMS Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 on Friday, April 17th from 12:30 – 2 PM EST. This call series is an opportunity to hear physicians and other clinical leaders share …

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COVID Stakeholder Engagement Call for Thursday – Office Hours

You are invited to CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19, Thursday, April 16th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern, the next in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: * Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS …

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CMS Increases Medicare Payment for High-Production Coronavirus Lab Tests

CMS helps expand testing capacity and monitoring for COVID-19 in nursing homes and other settings with high volume testing needs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced Medicare will nearly double payment for certain lab tests that use high-throughput technologies to rapidly diagnose large numbers of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This …

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CDC’s NHSN: Healthcare Worker and Supply Pathways

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) continues to support the nation’s COVID-19 response and has released two additional data collection pathways in the COVID-19 Module found within the Patient Safety Component. In addition to the Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity Pathway, the Healthcare Worker Staffing Pathway and the …

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CMS Conference Call @ 3:00, Tuesday, April 14

Please join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a call on COVID-19 with Home Health and Hospice Organizations today,, Tuesday, April 14th at 3:00 PM EST. CMS leadership will provide updates on the agency’s latest guidance and we will be joined by leaders in the field interested in sharing best practices with …

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COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility (LTC) Transfer Scenarios

CMS is providing supplemental information for transferring or discharging residents between skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and/or nursing facilities based on COVID-19 status (i.e., positive, negative, unknown/under observation). In general, if two or more certified LTC facilities want to transfer or discharge residents between themselves for the purposes of cohorting, they do not need any additional …

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CMS Office Hours on COVID-19 – April 14

CMS is hosting “Office Hours” on COVID-19, Tuesday, April 14th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST, the next in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: * Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without …

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Infection Control Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared interim infection control guidance. This guidance has been updated based on currently available information about COVID-19 and the current situation in the United States, which includes community transmission, infections identified in healthcare personnel (HCP), and shortages of facemasks, N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) (commonly known as …

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Return-to-Work Criteria for Health Care Professionals with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19

Summary of Recent Changes as of April 13, 2020 Indicates a preference for use of the Test-based strategy to determine when HCP may return to work in healthcare settings Adds return to work criteria for HCP with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms Aligns with recommendations for universal source control for everyone in a …

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Ending Home Isolation

This website was updated to reflect the updates in the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings. The changes include: Updated PPE recommendations Based on local and regional situational analysis of PPE supplies, facemasks are an acceptable alternative when the supply chain of …

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CMS Office Hours on COVID-19: April 9th

You are invited to CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19, Thursday, April 9th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST, the next in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals …

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CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19

Guidance will aid clinicians in various healthcare settings to prevent and mitigate the spread Under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a series of updated guidance documents focused on infection control to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a variety of inpatient …

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CMS COVID-19 Call with Nursing Homes

Please join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a call on COVID-19 with Nursing Homes tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th at 4:30 PM EST. CMS leadership will provide updates on the agency’s latest guidance and we will be joined by leaders in the field interested in sharing best practices with their peers. The …

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COVID-19 Update Call Today

Please join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a Medicare Learning Network event to hear about updates on recent CMS actions taken to address the COVID-19 public health emergency. When: Today, Tuesday, April 7 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EDT Registration: Closes at 12:00 pm EDT. Register here Target Audience: All Medicare fee-for-service …

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CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Today

“You are invited to CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19, Tuesday, April 7th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST, the first in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals …

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COVID-19: Telehealth Billing Correction, Nursing Home Recommendations, Billing for Multi-Function Ventilators, New ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code

SPECIAL EDITION – Friday, April 3, 2020 News Billing for Professional Telehealth Distant Site Services During the Public Health Emergency — Revised Trump Administration Issues Key Recommendations to Nursing Homes, State and Local Governments Billing for Multi-Function Ventilators (HCPCS Code E0467) under the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Otherwise New ICD-10-CM diagnosis code, U07.1, for …

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