Questions After the End of The PHE: What Do We Do Now?

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The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) officially ended on May 11 and providers worked to make sure they were handling associated waivers and flexibilities appropriately. As they focused on everyday operations and regulatory requirements, some questions arose about the COVID-19 vaccination requirements and screening guidance, as well as several other topics. Each topic is discussed […]

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CDC Issues Guidance for Masking in Health Care Settings

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The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has issued revised guidance for Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic . The guidance applies to all health care settings and provides a framework to implement select infection prevention and control practices based on their individual circumstances. […]

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How At Home Care Providers Can Talk to Patients About COVID-19 Treatments

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finalized its COVID-19 Personal Action Plan, which contains tools, information, and action steps to share with your family, colleagues, and patients. NAHC believes the Personal Action Plan will be a helpful resource for having conversations about whether they would benefit from COVID-19 treatments, what to do […]

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CMS Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Surveys, Visitation and Testing

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the COVID-19 Focused Infection Control (FIC) Survey Tool and visitation restrictions for acute and continuing care (ACC) facilities through a revised QSO-21-08-NLTC memo.  This memo supersedes the instructions in QSO-20-16-Hospice and QSO-20-18-HHA. State survey agencies (SA) and accrediting organizations (AO) have returned to the existing standard […]

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CDC’s New Guidance for Health Care Workers

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Last Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for several COVID-19 pandemic infection control recommendations in health care delivery settings. The new guidance does away with the vaccination status of health care workers when determining whether to screen them for COVID-19, quarantine those workers, or employ “source control” measures such as […]

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Flu Shot: Encourage Preferred Vaccines for Patients 65+

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It’s time to talk with your patients about flu shots. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October or as soon as possible each flu season. You can give flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same visit. New for this flu season: Patients 65 and older should get […]

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Monkeypox Prevention and Control

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Monkeypox Fact Sheet The World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency, as the number of confirmed cases has increased to over 30,000 across 88 countries, with more than14,000 cases in the U.S. On August 4, 2022, President Biden declared monkeypox a national public health emergency. Although patients infected with monkeypox may […]

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Eligible Patients Can Receive Free 2nd COVID Booster

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On April 6, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will pay for a second COVID-19 booster shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines without cost sharing, as it continues to provide coverage for this critical protection from the virus. People with Medicare pay nothing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and […]

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Eligible Patients Can Receive Free 2nd COVID Booster

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On April 6, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will pay for a second COVID-19 booster shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines without cost sharing, as it continues to provide coverage for this critical protection from the virus. People with Medicare pay nothing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, […]

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CDC Proposes Updates to Controversial 2016 Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

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On February 10, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new proposed guidelines for prescribing of opioids for acute, sub-acute and chronic pain. The clinical practice guideline updates and expands the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain— United States, 2016, and provides evidence-based recommendations for clinicians who provide pain care, including […]

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CDC Proposes Updates to Controversial 2016 Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

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On February 10, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new proposed guidelines for prescribing of opioids for acute, sub-acute and chronic pain. The clinical practice guideline updates and expands the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain— United States, 2016, and provides evidence-based recommendations for clinicians who provide pain care, […]

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CMS Rescinds Focused Infection Control Survey and Visitor Restrictions for Home Health and Hospice Providers

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In January 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a revised COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey for Acute and Continuing Care (ACC) for providers which included home health and hospice.  This was the focused survey tool that surveyors would use for hospice and home health agency providers for any type of survey […]

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