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By Mark Holt, 08/03/2020
N-95 masks have been the subject of increased focus by OSHA. These masks were originally designed for industrial use in sectors such as mining, construction, painting and manufacturing. Designed to filter out airborne particulates, they have a logical place in the healthcare setting to control airborne diseases...
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Growing rates of healthcare workers are experiencing physical and psychological injury as a result of workplace violence related to resident care. A staggering 95% of healthcare workers have reported exposure to aggression. However, research has found that workplace violence is underreported, signifying that...
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By Peggy Morrison, 07/01/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has established a COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes with the expectation that all nursing homes are inspected to ensure appropriate infection control practices are in place to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. According to Quality Certification &...
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By Cathy Knopf BSN, RN, 06/17/2020
After many months of closure, the nation is beginning to open. With this in mind, the Director of Quality, Safety and Oversight Group for CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality issued a memo providing recommendations for state and local officials to utilize while determining the level of mitigation needed...
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Response to the novel coronavirus has increased demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during a time when supply chain interruptions are occurring across the nation, affecting both acute and senior living healthcare providers. As the number of persons infected with COVID-19 has continued to rise, and as...
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By Cathy Knopf, 05/26/2020
The 2020 monthly webinars focus on best practice approaches, regulatory updates, operational and risk management techniques to help senior living communities better care for their residents and staff while protecting their business. We invite you to join our specialists at these upcoming exclusive...
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By Ashley Johnson, Lisa Salter, 05/18/2020
While COVID-19 continues to impact our economy, business income coverage, sometimes referred to as business interruption coverage, has become a widely popular topic in the insurance industry. As many business owners struggle to keep their businesses afloat, several questions have emerged on how insurance policies...
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Under normal circumstances, maintaining appropriate nursing staff levels to deliver quality resident care is a daily struggle. Add in severe weather, flu outbreak or a pandemic and the scales are tipped. Traditionally, senior living healthcare communities shy away from utilizing agency nursing staff due to high...
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By Kristy Dickens, 05/05/2020
Even though your organization likely has always had the required Infection Control Program in place, your team had very little time to prepare for the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak. Many senior living communities have already encountered their first positive test result, but others have been fortunate...
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By Kristy Dickens, 04/14/2020
Utilizing an Arbitration Agreement is an important tool in your risk management arsenal, as it can reduce the cost of defending against a claim and provide a more appropriate forum for a healthcare claim to be litigated. The annual actuarial analysis commissioned by the American Health Care Association indicated,...
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Infection Control & COVID-19 Focused Surveys
07/01/2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has established a COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes with the expectation that all nursing homes are inspected to ensure appropriate infection control practices are in place to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. According to Quality Certification & Oversight Reports (QCOR) 10,414 (67.5%) nursing homes have been inspected nationwide from March 1, 2020, through June 12, 2020.

In June, CMS produced a report identifying survey findings per skilled nursing facility in the nation.  A review of the Nursing Home Surveys and Deficiencies file, found here under the Spotlight section, provides detailed data for surveys that occurred from March 4, 2020, through April 29, 2020. This data reveals that:

  • A total of 5,744 centers were surveyed
  • Over 160 centers received a F880 Infection Prevention and Control Program citation
    • The majority of citations (49) were cited at a scope and severity level of D with minimal harm or potential for actual harm affecting few residents
    • A total of 36 centers were cited at a scope and severity level of E with minimal harm or potential for actual harm affecting some residents
    • One center was cited at a scope and severity level of H with actual harm affecting some residents
    • One center was cited at an immediate jeopardy level with a scope of severity of L affecting many residents

Nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities can prepare for a COVID-19 Focused Survey by: 

  • Conducting a focused review of critical elements associated with transmission of COVID-19
  •  Conducting a self-assessment of current practices in order to identify gaps in existing practices. It is recommended that a self-assessment be conducted annually to ensure that center-specific infection control practices meet professional infection control standards. To assist nursing homes in evaluating their current infection control practices CMS, in partnership with the CDC, has developed the 2019 Nursing Home Infection Control Worksheet


Being prepared for the infection control survey will assist in ensuring that the survey process goes smoothly. Establishing a COVID-19 Focused Survey Readiness binder will assist you in preparing the required information prior to surveyor arrival. The binder can be organized to correspond to the COVID-19 Focused Survey Entrance Conference Sheet and may make retrieval of information user-friendly. 
 

AssuredPartners has compiled a variety of resources related to COVID-19.  Click here to visit the resource center or reach out to the AssuredPartners Senior Living team for more information.  AP Senior Living clients may also access additional resources in the risk management center
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