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CDC: Coronavirus screening fails to identify half of cases among nursing home residents

Skilled Nursing News (03/30/2020) – New research from the federal government indicates that residents without COVID-19 symptoms can play a key role in the spread of the virus in nursing homes, with more than half of positive tests at a facility in Washington state coming from patients with no outward signs of infection. Full story »

The US needs foreign doctors and nurses to fight coronavirus. Immigration policy isn’t helping.

Vox (03/30/2020) – The US was facing shortages of doctors and nurses even before coronavirus hit. Full story »

Lawmakers’ $2T stimulus package includes nursing homes slice; COVID-plagued SNF stops spread, rebuffs claims of staffing, supply shortages

McKnight's LTCN (03/26/2020) – Nursing home providers may see tougher infection-control standards thanks to provisions of a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus congressional deal formed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Full story »

19 Doctors And Nurses Who Are Keeping Their Sense Of Humor While Fighting The Coronavirus

BuzzFeed.News (03/24/2020) – Health care workers like doctors, nurses, EMTs, and others are on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus. Full story »

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Includes $200M for CMS Infection-Control Efforts at Nursing Homes

Skilled Nursing News (03/25/2020) – The $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill currently awaiting approval in the Senate includes $200 million in funding for a federal push to bolster infection-control efforts in the nation’s nursing homes, according to a summary released Wednesday by the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Full story »

CMS offers relief for promoting interoperability program, MIPS

EHR Intelligence (03/23/2020) – Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced relief and an extension of data submission deadlines for providers, facilities, and clinicians participating in Medicare quality reporting programs and the Quality Payment Program. Full story »

CMS makes ‘unprecedented’ quality reporting changes, releases Section GG tutorials

McKnight's LTCN (03/23/2020) – CMS is implementing additional “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy exceptions and extensions” for a variety of data submission deadlines due to complications brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic. It also is making optional other submission possibilities. Full story »

States seek CMS approval for Medicaid, ACA exchange flexibility

Healthpayer Intelligence (03/17/2020) – Florida receives CMS approval for a Medicaid 1135 waiver and New Jersey requests flexibility for its ACA exchange enrollment. Full story »

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