AHCA: Update #73 | CMS Releases NHSN Data and Guidance on Related Survey Activity

Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

In This COVID-19 Update:

  • CMS Announcement on NHSN Data and Guidance on COVID-19 Related Survey Activity
  • Supporting Your Loved One in a Long Term Care Facility
  • SNF Therapy Telehealth Waivers and other Updated COVID-19 Billing FAQ Updates
  • CMS Updates Guidance on Proper Use of COVID-19 Waivers Claim Codes
  • Hilton’s Frontline Medical Professionals Room Program 

CMS Announcement on NHSN Data and Guidance on
COVID-19-Related Survey Activity

On June 1, CMS released a memorandum (QSO-20-31-ALL) addressing NHSN data, COVID-19 survey activities, enhanced enforcement, and engagement of Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs).

This guidance is effective immediately and will cease to be in effect when the Secretary determines there is no longer a Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19. At that time, CMS will send public notice that this guidance has ceased to be effective via its website.

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Other COVID-19 Updates

Supporting Your Loved One in a Long Term Care Facility: CDC released a fact sheet on Supporting Loved Ones in a Long-Term Care Facility providers can share

with residents’ families. The fact sheet includes ideas on how to keep in touch and ways providers are supporting communication between residents and their families. Read More

SNF Therapy Telehealth Waivers and other Updated COVID-19 Billing FAQ Updates: CMS provided important updates to coverage and billing guidance impacting SNF related to COVID-19 1135 waivers. AHCA/NCAL has developed therapy telehealth waivers FAQs that address questions that SNF and AL members may have regarding applying these waivers to improve resident mobility care needs. Read More

CMS Updates Guidance on Proper Use of COVID-19 Waivers Claim Codes: On June 1, CMS issued updated guidance clarifications for using the “DR” Condition Code and “CR” modifier on Medicare fee-for-service claims for services furnished under COVID-19 Section 1135 waivers such as the SNF-specific 3-day stay and spell-of-illness waivers. Read More

Hilton’s Frontline Medical Professionals Room Program: Following on Hilton’s effort with American Express to donate up to a million rooms to frontline medical professionals, Hilton is offering healthcare heroes rooms at a significant discount through June 30th. They are bookable today via AHCA/NCAL’s dedicated booking platform (member login required). Read More
 

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Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16