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

Nursing home oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic (OIG)

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The Office of Inspector General has added these audits/surveillance studies beginning in May 2020 that impact LTC.  Additionally, OIG is auditing the awarding and disbursement of $50 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments to hospitals and other providers. More information about each of the above can be found at: … Read More

CDC releases recommendations for communities of faith

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Friday afternoon, May 22, 2020, the CDC released Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith.  This online interim guidance was also reviewed again the following day.  This was posted about 1 week after the original guidance which did not include religious organizations/communities.  I’m posting this as our LTC/Senior Living communities are part of the … Read More

Keeping nursing home and LTC workers safe during coronavirus pandemic

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On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an alert providing safety tips employers can follow to help protect nursing home and long-term care facility workers from exposure to the coronavirus. Safety measures employers can implement to protect workers in the nursing home … Read More