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Rates of COVID-19 Among Residents and Staff Members in Nursing Homes — United States, May 25–November 22, 2020 | MMWR (  

Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing | CDC

CDC – Vaccine Resources

CDC has updated its Toolkit for Healthcare Providers.     11/18/20 



CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions  (Revise FAQs capture modifications to the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund as it relates to SNF distribution.  HHS will distribute $4.9 billion in additional funding to more than 13,000 skilled nursing facilities, ranging in size fro six to 1,389 beds.)  6/1/20



HHS Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding  10/1/20  HHS through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments are invited to apply for additional funding that considers financial loss and changes in operating expenses caused by the pandemic.  Providers can apply for funds between October 5 and November 6, 2020. 



CMS Updates Medicare COVID-19 Snapshot  11/19/20 (Monthly update covering the period from January 1 to September 12, 2020 of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population, showing over 1 million COVID-19 cases among the Medicare population and over 332,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations.)

CMS Posts Updated COVID-19 Nursing Home Data for Week Ending November 8, 2020 11/19/20 (Total COVID-19 Confirmed Cases reported– 311,530; Total COVID-19 Suspected Cases reported – 160,957; Total COVID-19 Deaths reported – 67,543.  The Nursing Home COVID-19 Public File includes data reported by nursing homes to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system COVID-19 Long Term Care Facility Module.  For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

CMS released the first episode in a Nursing Home Podcast Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff  11/19/20 (Discusses training and infection control practices in nursing homes to help combat the spread of COVID-19.)

CMS’ New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents  10-30-20
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Nursing Home Resource Center, a new online resource center that will consolidate all nursing home information, guidance and resources into a user-friendly, one-stop-shop that is easily navigable so providers and caregivers can spend less time searching for critical answers and more time caring for residents. Moreover, the new platform contains features specific to residents and their families, ensuring they have the information needed to make empowered decisions about their healthcare.

With the new page, people can efficiently navigate all facility inspection reports and data – including COVID-19 pandemic and PHE information. This tool will remain active through and beyond the COVID-19 PHE.

CMS has also updated its guidance memo titled, “COVID-19 Pandemic Response, Laboratory Data Reporting: CARES Act Section 18115” from June 4 to include that nursing facilities are required to report their COVID testing results from the Point of Care devices performed in their facility to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).  CMS is giving providers until November 20, 2020 to be ready to report through NHSN. Please note that the updated memo still has the old June 4th date on it. 

CMS Updates Medicare COVID-19 Snapshot  10/2/20  Updated data contained in CMS’ monthly update of data shows over 1 million COVID-19 cases among the Medicare population and over 284,000 hospitalizations.  The rate of COVID-19 cases among Medicare beneficiaries grew 30% since the August release to 1,562 cases per 100,000 beneficiaries and the rate of hospitalizations grew 32% to 444 hospitalizations per 100,000 beneficiaries.


Telehealth Updates for Rehab Providers