CMS clarifies: New flu vaccination reporting rule applies broadly
Oct 07, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Thursday cleared up what officials called confusion about the types of skilled nursing facilities now required to report annual healthcare personnel influenza...
NHSN changes definition of ‘up to date’ for COVID shots
Jun 21, 2022
The National Healthcare Safety Network has modified its definition of “up to date” for long-term care facilities submitting their COVID-19 data to the system. Now it includes a booster shot.
Clinical briefs for Thursday, May 12
Alicia Lasek (f3)
May 12, 2022
NHSN vaccine reporting deadline coming May 16 … FDA advisers to consider expanding use of Parkinson’s drug Nuplazid to treat Alzheimer’s psychosis … COVID-19 has become less deadly during the pandemic...
Clinical briefs for Friday, April 29
Alicia Lasek (f3)
Apr 29, 2022
CDC to update NHSN vaccine reporting requirements for nursing homes … Paxlovid “rebound” anecdotes concern patients, providers … Nasogastric tube feeding raises odds of pneumonia in advanced dementia...
Spring is coming… why are we adding more layers?
Mar 07, 2022
In addition to tracking and submitting extensive COVID-19 data to NHSN weekly and providing numerous data requests to surveyors, facilities now have to dedicate resources to populating a COVID-19 Staff...
Booster shots cut COVID spread among residents, but nursing home rollout remains spotty
Nov 30, 2021
Booster vaccinations are reducing COVID-19 cases among nursing facility residents, the CDC reports. But industry case counts are hovering at 4,000 per week, and it remains unclear how many U.S. facilities...
Proposed rule and quality: What your rehab team should know
Jun 17, 2021
The future of quality-driven care is coming. Is your therapy team ready? Reviews of the FY 2022 SNF PPS Proposed Rule often highlight key areas related to data trending, lack of budget neutrality and forthcoming...
When CMS gives you a gift, pay it forward
Jun 16, 2021
This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services presented some 2,500 nursing homes with quite a gift: an additional seven days to avoid a fine for missing a new vaccination reporting deadline....
CMS issues reprieve for 2,500 nursing homes yet to report COVID vaccination rates
Jun 15, 2021
Nursing homes that have not reported required resident and staff vaccination rates to federal officials will get a reprieve before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services begins assessing penalties,...