April 2020 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: April 2020

Nation on COVID-19 lockdown

A Kirkland, WA, nursing home was identified as the first site of a U.S. outbreak of the novel coronavirus on Feb. 29. Just 12 days later, the World Health Organization stated it was a global pandemic.

CMS delivers provider relief

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made numerous bold moves in mid-March to give nursing homes and other providers relief in the battle against the novel coronavirus.

PPE shortages make for a ‘perfect storm’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued expansive guidance on the best ways to conserve personal protection equipment, such as gowns and masks, as supply shortages became a massive concern for frontline workers early in the coronavirus outbreak.

CMS delays MDS 3.0 push

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has delayed the release of an updated Minimum Data Set — another indicator of how the agency was refocusing its resources on efforts to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

Ban targets visitors, dining

Nursing homes were directed to prohibit all visitors to its facilities and cease all communal dining under federal guidance issued March 13. The directive aimed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, which is 10 times more deadly than the common flu.

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