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COVID-19 Administration Resources

  • Admission Process/Opening Up COVID-19 v3 (Revised 7/16/20)
    Policy and Procedure to follow for New Admissions during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Admission Process/Opening Up COVID-19 - Spanish v3 (Revised 7/16/20)
    Policy and Procedure to follow for New Admissions during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Spanish version)
  • Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm for Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients
    An algorithm from the American Heart Association for treating cardiac arrest patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
  • AHCA/NCAL Statement on Phase 3 COVID-19 Provider Relief Funding Payments (Released 12/16/20)
    AHCA/NCAL CEO Mark Parkinson speaks on Provider Relief Funding.
  • APIC COVID-19 Infection Prevention Survey Results (Released 12/21/20)
    APIC conducted an online survey of its 11,922 U.S.-based infection preventionist members October 22–November 5, 2020. Results shown are based on responses from 1,083 infection preventionists located throughout the United States.
  • Care Efficiency Bundling Tasks v1 (Released 5/26/20)
    Consolidate services to limit the number of times we enter a resident's room.
  • Care Efficiency Bundling Tasks - Spanish v1 (Released 5/26/20)
    Consolidate services to limit the number of times we enter a resident's room. (Spanish version)
  • CDC Considerations for Retirement Communities v1 (Released 11/18/20)
    Guidance on the CDC offings for ways in which administrators of retirement communities and independent living facilities can help protect residents, workers, visitors, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • CMS Counseling Checklist v1 (Released 8/18/20)
    People who have COVID-19 or were exposed to COVID-19 need to separate themselves from others until there is little risk of spreading (transmitting) the infection to others. CMS has provided a checklist to assist providers when communicating with patients.
  • CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers (Dated 12/1/20)
    CMS is empowered to take proactive steps through 1135 waivers as well as, where applicable, authority granted under section 1812(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act) and rapidly expand the Administration’s aggressive efforts against COVID-19. As a result, the following blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020 through the end of the emergency declaration.
  • CMS COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare FFS Billing (Updated 12/8/20)
    The FAQs in this document supplement the previously released FAQs: 1135 Waiver FAQs. A few answers in this document explain provisions from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law No. 116-136 (March 27, 2020). CMS is thoroughly assessing this new legislation and new and revised FAQs will be released as implementation plans are announced.
  • CMS Memo and Letter to Residents' Regarding Right to Vote v1 (Released 10/13/20)
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is affirming the continued right of nursing home residents to exercise their right to vote. While the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has resulted in limitations for visitors to enter the facility to assist residents, nursing homes must still ensure residents are able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. States, localities, and nursing home owners and administrators are encouraged to collaborate to ensure a resident’s right to vote is not impeded.
  • CMS Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing FAQs (Posted 12/14/20)
    CMS Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing FAQs
  • CMS Sept 2020 Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes v10
    This toolkit catalogs the many innovative solutions designed at the state level to protect our nation’s vulnerable nursing home residents during the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • CMS SNF QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet v1 (Released 10/26/20)
    The purpose of the tip sheet is to help providers understand the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) public reporting strategy for the SNF QRP to account for CMS quality data submissions that were optional and excepted from public reporting due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
  • CMS: Talking Points for Providers v1 (Released 8/18/20)
    People who have COVID-19 or were exposed to COVID-19 need to separate themselves from others until there is little risk of spreading (transmitting) the infection to others. CMS has provided talking points to help providers communicate this important message to their patients.
  • CMS Updates to the Nursing Home Compare website and Five Star Quality Rating System (Released 12/4/20)
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to being transparent with the public about changes in publicly reported information related to long term care facilities (i.e., nursing homes) through the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Changes to the Nursing Home Compare Website and Five Star Quality Rating System: • CMS will resume calculating nursing homes Health Inspection and Quality Measure ratings on January 27, 2021. • CMS is completing its transition to the new Care Compare website. REF: QSO 21-06-NH
  • Communal Dining - Open and Ready to Serve? v1 (Released 11/11/20)
    Prior to the current pandemic, residents enjoyed a social dining experience, ice cream social hours, happy hour, and a wide variety of communal activities. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it became necessary to quarantine residents in their rooms/apartments with in-room, solitary dining, minimal interaction with staff and family and so much more. Some long-term care settings have reported an uptick in fall rates, others have seen an increase in behaviors, and almost every setting has observed a change in the resident’s mood/new onset of depression. While we understand how important the dining experience is for our seniors, there are several factors we need to consider as we begin to open our dining rooms. Remember, requirements may differ from state-to-state regarding reopening communal dining, it is important that you stay current and compliant with your specific state. However, here are a few things to keep in mind when developing your reopening plan for dining!
  • Communal Dining - Open and Ready to Serve? - Spanish v1 (Released 11/23/20)
    Prior to the current pandemic, residents enjoyed a social dining experience, ice cream social hours, happy hour, and a wide variety of communal activities. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it became necessary to quarantine residents in their rooms/apartments with in-room, solitary dining, minimal interaction with staff and family and so much more. Some long-term care settings have reported an uptick in fall rates, others have seen an increase in behaviors, and almost every setting has observed a change in the resident’s mood/new onset of depression. While we understand how important the dining experience is for our seniors, there are several factors we need to consider as we begin to open our dining rooms. Remember, requirements may differ from state-to-state regarding reopening communal dining, it is important that you stay current and compliant with your specific state. However, here are a few things to keep in mind when developing your reopening plan for dining! (Spanish version)
  • Communication Suggestions During COVID-19 Infographic v1 (Released 9/16/20)
    Here are some ideas to strengthen communication between residents and staff
  • Communication Suggestions During COVID-19 Infographic - Spanish v1 - (Released 9/28/20)
    Here are some ideas to strengthen communication between residents and staff (Spanish version)
  • Consent for Release of COVID-19 Diagnosis & Status v1 (Released 6/12/20)
    A letter template you can customize to obtain authorization to disclose the diagnosis and status of COVID-19 positive residents to fellow residents and staff.
  • Consent for Release of COVID-19 Diagnosis & Status - Spanish v1 (Released 6/12/20)
    A letter template you can customize to obtain authorization to disclose the diagnosis and status of COVID-19 positive residents to fellow residents and staff. (Spanish version)
  • Consent for Social Media Release of COVID-19 Diagnosis v1 (Released 6/12/20)
    A letter template you can customize to obtain authorization to disclose the diagnosis and status of recovered COVID-19 residents to fellow residents, staff, social media and news media.
  • Consent for Social Media Release of COVID-19 Diagnosis - Spanish v1 (Released 6/12/20)
    A letter template you can customize to obtain authorization to disclose the diagnosis and status of recovered COVID-19 residents to fellow residents, staff, social media and news media. (Spanish version)