As we navigate through the COVID-19 crisis together, ACP's commitment remains unchanged, to help you provide outstanding healthcare value.
CDCCDC Revised Guidance for Testing Priority (reflects updated recommendations for testing, specimen collection, reporting patients and positive test results, and specification of testing priorities) 5/3/20
CDC Webinars on LTCF COVID-19 Module for Public Health Reporting CDC hosted two webinars this week offering post-acute providers an overview of the CDC’s new LTCF COVID-19 Module for long term care facilities to report on COVID-19 to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Reporting to NHSN requires facilities to be actively enrolled with the NHSN to gain secure access to the network. The webinars will be replayed next week. The first, COVID-19 Module Overview for Long Term Care Facilities, will be replayed on Monday, May 4 at 2pm Eastern. Slides from yesterday’s initial run are now available for download. The second, COVID-19 Enrollment Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities, will be replayed on Tuesday, May 5 at 3pm Eastern. Please visit the CDC webpage for details on accessing upcoming replays.
CDC’s Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDC Updated recommendations for testing, specimen collection, and reporting patients and reporting positive test results And Specification of testing priorities 5/3/20
House of Representatives Budget Committee FAQ on Sequester 3/27/20
ASPR Toolkit to Help States Navigate COVID-19 Health Workforce Challenges 4/22/20 (licensure information for many practitioners but not rehab therapists) https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/Workforce-Virtual-Toolkit
CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19 (updated 5/13/20) (Includes additional resources to aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic within nursing homes)
Letter from Seema Verma to Nursing Home Management and Staff Administrator Verma expressed gratitude for the unwavering dedication and commitment of nursing home management and staff in keeping residents safe and for continuing to compassionately care for those who rely on them during this unprecedented time. The letter also provides links to previously shared infection control resources. 5/11/20
CMS Interim Final Rule with Comment Period - Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and Exchanges; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Delay of Certain Reporting Requirements for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program 5/8/20 (directs SNFs and NF) to provide two types of reports about cases of COVID-19 among nursing home residents and staff: 1) public health reporting that shares data with the CDC and 2) facility reporting to inform residents, their representatives & families about any occurrences of COVID-19 within a facility.)
- CMS Memo to State Survey Agency Directors regarding release of Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes 5/6/20
NASL Telehealth Update 3/30/20
Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) CMS provided additional details in the form of an FAQ document regarding telehealth waiver provisions and the public health emergency (PHE). 3/17/20
Telehealth Updates for Rehab Providers
Below are online courses relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak - access these on ACP University.
- Hand Washing
- Infectious Disease
- Influenza in Post-Acute Care Settings
- Emergency and Disaster Preparedness in LTC Setting
- Emergency Response in the 21st Century (4 hours)
Enjoy unlimited access to continuing education courses for PTs, OTs, SLPs, NHAs & Nurses. If you do not have an ACP University account, you may register using the link below.
ACP Clinical Tips
Infection Control Procedures
Infection control and patient safety are top priorities in healthcare. This document reviews low-level and intermediate-level infection control procedures for use with ACP technology to ensure the safety of healthcare providers and patients. Please follow the link below to read the full clinical tip:
Rehabilitation for Severe Deconditioning Using Advanced Technology and Electrical Stimulation
Individuals who present with a compromised pulmonary system, are acutely ill, or hospitalized for extended periods may become deconditioned or develop hospital-acquired muscle weakness, among other deleterious effects. Even healthy individuals may become deconditioned and frail if they decrease their activity level due to social distancing and limiting time outside their room or home. Please follow the link below to read the full clinical tip:
We are pleased to release our May schedule for our Live Remote Clinical Webinar Series. This videoconferencing series includes demonstrations of ACP rehab technologies, integration of these technologies within Program Pathways, and live remote clinical education courses on prevalent patient conditions and related treatments.
Please visit our Live Clinical Education Webinar Series page to view the calendar and register for upcoming events.
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