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Coronavirus & Pandemic Response

Training & Resources for Post-Acute Care Providers


The situation with the outbreak of COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, with new information being provided every day. Healthcare personnel working in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings with high-risk populations should refer to the CDC website for the latest updates, and should remain vigilant regarding compliant and effective response and prevention measures.


To help you navigate this turbulent issue, we've compiled key resources specific to your facility and are standing by to provide consultative guidance.


 

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Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Home Health Agencies (HHAs)


CMS regulations and guidance support Home Health Agencies taking appropriate action to address potential and confirmed COVID cases and mitigate transmission including screening, treatment, and transfer to higher level care (when appropriate). This guidance applies to both Medicare and Medicaid providers.


Training & Education for Long-Term Care Settings:

ARTICLE

CMS Releases Infection Control Guidance

CMS INFECTION CONTROL GUIDANCE

An outbreak of the virus at Life Care in Kirkland, Wash. that resulted in seven deaths has prompted SNFs to take notice and CMS to issue new guidance that includes specific focus areas of surveys.


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GUIDANCE

Infection Control: Long-Term Care

INFECTION CONTROL: IMPLEMENT AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH FOR LONG-TERM CARE

A one-stop reference to give frontline staff the tools and guidance to remain compliant with the government’s infection control policies.


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DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care

PPS ALERT FOR LONG-TERM CARE

Practical tips, how-to guidance, and vital tools from our team of long-term care experts to help your facility remain compliant and quality-focused.


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GUIDANCE

Senior Living Disaster Planning, Infection Control

DISASTER PLANNING, INFECTION CONTROL, AND OSHA COMPLIANCE: SENIOR LIVING

Through case studies, regulation breakdowns, and tools, we help you increase quality assurance, boost customer satisfaction, and keep residents and employees safe.

 

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ARTICLE

CMS Releases Protective Mask Guidance for SNFs

SNF PROTECTIVE MASK GUIDANCE

CMS expanded the range of acceptable facemasks and respirators that can temporarily be used in SNFs in a March 10 memo.


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GUIDANCE

Survey Success for Long-Term Care

SURVEY SUCCESS FOR LONG-TERM CARE

Provides efficient ways to train and educate staff, perform internal audits and monitoring checks, and stay on top of the survey process, reducing the risk for citations.

 

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eLEARNING

Acute Respiratory Illness
Pandemics Training

ACUTE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS eLEARNING

The objective of this session is to make you aware of the risks of flu pandemics and precautions to keep your staff safe.

 

Training & Education for Home Health Settings:

DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION

Home Health Line

HOME HEALTH LINE

24/7 access to a searchable archive of business-building strategies, a job bank to recruit qualified staff, an online forum to share ideas with peers, benchmarks to measure your success and daily news updates.

 

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GUIDANCE

Home Health Infection Control

HOME HEALTH INFECTION CONTROL: MANUAL FOR COMPLIANCE AND QUALITY

Provides all of the information, forms, and tools that an agency needs to ensure it has a compliant infection control program.

 

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ARTICLE

CDC: Here's How to Code COVID-19

CDC: HOW TO CODE COVID-19

The CDC says it will issue a new code for the virus as part of its Oct. 1 update this year. The ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee will reveal the code, its final title and full addenda during its March 2020 meeting.

 

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GUIDANCE

Home Health Conditions of Participation Answers

HOME HEALTH CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION (CoP) ANSWERS

Systematically walks you through each requirement along with its interpretive guidelines, ensuring you have the context you need to achieve alignment and compliance.

 

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Looking for solutions for acute care settings?


Solutions to Accommodate Modified Workflows or New Challenges

 

“Employers must balance their obligations to provide a safe workplace as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act with their obligation to avoid violating privacy and discrimination laws. Some situations, such as the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, permit a higher level of inquiry into an employee’s illness without running afoul of the ADA, but there is no indication that the coronavirus has reached that level.”

 

Jodi R. Bohr, an attorney with Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.

“Vigilance in hand-hygiene practice, wearing of surgical masks in the hospital, and appropriate use of personal protective equipment in patient care, especially when performing aerosol-generating procedures, are the key infection control measures to prevent hospital transmission of the virus.”


Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
The journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

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