CMS has updated guidance issued earlier this year for infection prevention and control for COVID-19 in home health agencies. The update includes additional guidance for Medicare-participating Religious Nonmedical Healthcare Institutions, recommendations for home health personnel caring for patients in independent and assisted living facilities, and additional information for home health personal for optimizing PPE and … Continue reading “CMS Updates COVID-19 IPC Guidance for Home Health”
The FDA issued a drug safety communication to remind healthcare professionals and patients of the known risks associated with both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. These antimalarial treatments have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can cause abnormal heart rhythms such as QT interval prolongation and a dangerously … Continue reading “FDA Warns Against Use of Antimalarial Drugs to Treat COVID-19”
CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. CMS COVID-19 … Continue reading “This Week’s CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls”
COVID-19Surge is a spreadsheet-based tool that hospital administrators and public health officials can use to estimate the surge in demand for hospital-based services during the COVID-19 pandemic. A user of COVID-19Surge can produce estimates of the number of COVID-19 patients that need to be hospitalized, the number requiring ICU care, and the number requiring ventilator support. … Continue reading “CDC Tool for Surge Planning”
CDC released resources to help protect dialysis patients from COVID-19. See the fact sheet for patients and the fact sheet for facilities. CDC also developed an Outpatient Dialysis Facility Preparedness Assessment Tool to help facilities prepare staff for arrival of COVID-19 patients.
On March 18, CMS recommended that healthcare facilities limit non-essential care in order to expand surge capacity and conserve supplies to care for COVID-19 patients. The agency is now providing guidance on Phase 1 to re-open facilities to provide non-emergent non-COVID-19 healthcare. Read the CMS guidance.
The CDC has developed a new web page to provide summaries of hospitalization data due to COVID-19 in the U.S. See the COVID-NET page.
CMS will hold a variety of stakeholder calls this week to share information about the response to COVID-19. Conference lines are limited attendees are encouraged to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser. Here is the list of scheduled calls along with connection information: CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (Tuesdays and Thursdays at … Continue reading “Upcoming CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls”
The FDA recommends that healthcare providers continue to use serological tests intended to detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 to help identify people who may have been exposed to the virus or have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. However, these tests should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose COVID-19. Read the FDA letter to … Continue reading “FDA Letter to HCP on Use of COVID-19 Serological Tests”
CMS will require that nursing homes report communicable diseases, healthcare-associated infections, and potential outbreaks to state and local health departments. CMS and CDC will provide nursing homes with specific direction on standard formatting and frequency for reporting through the CDC’s National Health Safety Network (NHSN) system about residents or staff with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, … Continue reading “CMS Requires NHSN Reporting of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes”