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COVID-19 Administration Resources

  • 3-Day Stay and Benefit-Period Waivers for Medicare (Released 3/17/21)
    Downloadable AHCA/NCAL waivers on 3-day stays and benefit-periods for Medicare Part A SNF PPS.
  • Admissions From Hospital CDC Guidance Toolkit v1 (Released 1/27/21)
    Guidance on when to discontinue transmission-based precautions when admitting patients from hospitals.
  • 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 (April 2020)
    AHA created a summary of adjustments to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) algorithms in patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • AHCA/NCAL Presentation: Reopening Dining: Are we there yet?
    • Discuss current CMS guidance on communal dining • Identify conditions and steps to gradually open dining service • Discuss best practices used in various dining setting
  • 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.
  • AHCA/NCAL Updated Guidance for Emergency Preparedness (Released 4/14/2021)
    A summary from AHCA of the recent CMS QSO memo updating the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix Z that outlines emergency preparedness (EP) requirements.
  • 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.
  • Asthma COVID CDC Guidance v1 (Released 3/1/21)
    People with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your nose, throat, lungs (respiratory tract); cause an asthma attack; and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.
  • 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.
  • CDC Toolkit February 2021 v2 (Updated 3/4/21)
    Latest COVID updates from the CDC as of February 2021
  • CMA Protecting Nursing Home Residents from the Next Pandemic (Released 3/17/2021)
    A report published by the Center for Medicare Advocacy aiming to examine the belief that "geography is destiny" as the prevailing theory of nursing home COVID-19 transmission and identify actions and policy recommendations for nursing facilities to take.
  • 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 Memo QSO-20-28-NH Revised
    This memo includes information on the Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts, Frequently Asked Questions, and Access to Ombudsman (REVISED)
  • CMS Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing FAQs (Posted 12/14/20)
    CMS Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing FAQs
  • CMS Pandemic Plan Cover Letter v1 (Posted 2/3/21)
    Administrator Seema Verma's letter to introduce the CMS Pandemic Plan, which details the response and actions CMS utilized to support the country’s healthcare system and its beneficiaries during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency pandemic.
  • CMS Pandemic Plan v3.1 Public Release (Effective Date 1/11/21)
    CMS improved its Pandemic Plan to ensure the Agency is able to meet the needs of its stakeholders and as a result, now stands better prepared for any future pandemic events. CMS’ Pandemic plan has not simply been updated; it has been completely redesigned and provides CMS with the guidance and decision-making framework needed to best meet the needs of its internal and external stakeholders.
  • CMS QSO-20-31-All Revised COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes
    Following the March 6, 2020 survey prioritization, CMS has relied on State Survey Agencies to perform Focused Infection Control surveys of nursing homes across the country. We are now initiating a performance-based funding requirement tied to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act supplemental grants for State Survey Agencies. Further, we are providing guidance for the limited resumption of routine survey activities. CMS has revised the criteria requiring states to conduct focused infection control surveys due to the increased availability of resources for the testing of residents and staff and factors related to the quality of care.
  • CMS Revised COVID 19 Survey Key Points v1 (Released 3/1/21)
    The COVID-19 pandemic brought upheaval to nursing home regulation in 2020. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services clarified its survey guidance, but infection control policies and procedures will remain under intense scrutiny and violations will be subject to enhanced civil penalties this year.