ACIP and CDC – Healthcare personnel and LTC residents to receive COVID-19 vaccine first

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The ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) approved the following recommendation by majority (13-1) vote at its December 1, 2020 emergency meeting: When a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by FDA and recommended by ACIP, vaccination in the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (Phase 1a) should be offered to … Read More

CMS updated LTC survey resources

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On August 31, 2020, CMS posted updated LTC Survey Resources.  (The date on the overall webpage has not been updated since May 2020 so you have to look to close to see if anything new is there.) The new/updated resources include:Revision History for LTC Survey Process Documents and Files UPDATED 08/31/2020 … Read More

Breaking news: Fiscal year 2021 payment and policy changes for Medicare SNFs final rule issued

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“On July 31, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule [CMS-1737-F] for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 that updates the Medicare payment rates and the value-based purchasing program for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). CMS is publishing this final rule consistent with the legal requirements to update Medicare … Read More