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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CMS Releases New Waived Tests

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There are some new tests that fall into the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived testing category. Home health agencies and hospices may perform some of these tests, most of which are related to drug testing.  If a home health or hospice agency is performing any of the laboratory tests in the waived testing category, […]

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