Advocacy Updates


CMS Updates COVID-19 IPC Guidance for Home Health

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”


FDA Warns Against Use of Antimalarial Drugs to Treat COVID-19

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”


CDC Tool for Surge Planning

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 COVID-19 Resources for Dialysis Patients

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. 


CMS Releases New Guidance for Re-opening Facilities

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.


CMS Requires NHSN Reporting of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

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”