Issue: June 12, 2020

Published on June 12, 2020

Articles in this issue:

AHCA: COVID-19 Update #79: CMS Issuing Citations and CMPs for Failure to Report COVID-19 Data

Author: Jackie Pappalardi

This week, CMS began issuing 2567s with F level citations for F884 with a $1,000 per instance civil monetary penalty (CMP). These are being issued to all SNFs identified by CMS from data transmitted by CDC as not having submitted data or submitting incomplete or otherwise erroneous data for the week of June 1 to June 7. 

The notifications of deficiency and CMP are being sent via the CASPER/QIES system (not the traditional method for notifying a facility with a deficiency). Thus, facilities must log in to CASPER to see if they have a citation or not.


Other COVID-19 Updates

New FAQs for ICFs/IID: On June 10, CMS released new FAQs (pages 13-15) for intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities related to COVID-19. Read More 

Coalition Submits Request to Extend Therapy Telehealth Waivers: On June 10, AHCA/NCAL and 13 other therapy advocacy organizations submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Azar, CMS Administrator Verma, and other key CMS officials requesting extension of COVID-19 therapy telehealth waivers as well as efforts to make these policies permanent in law. Read More 

COCA Webinar for Tuesday, June 16: the CDC Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) will be hosting a webinar on applying COVID-19 infection prevention and control strategies in nursing homes. Read More 


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


Dementia Care: Give Your Staff the Training They Need

Author: Joanne O'Connor

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Webinar Series: Employer Updates

Author: Joanne O'Connor

As businesses begin to resume operations, new concerns and questions arise every day. Join us in a series of monthly webinars as our experts address what you need to know about the current state of: 

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