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Nursing home providers can now participate in an “unprecedented” infection control training program designed to help them better manage COVID-19 in their facilities.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released details about the program Tuesday. The program was originally announced in late July as part of an additional $5 billion in coronavirus relief funding for nursing homes.
The program, which is available immediately to all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes, is a tailored course that incorporates the most recent lessons learned by nursing homes during the ongoing pandemic. It also features best practices that frontline workers can implement to fight COVID-19 in their facilities, CMS Administrator Seema Verma explained during a press call Tuesday.
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For more information or to register https://qsep.cms.gov/COVID-Training-Instructions.aspx
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A new federal report delves into the first steps nursing home leaders can take to avoid preventable harm to their residents. This 60-page resource from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was released late last year and created with the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center.
The report also includes a two-page appendix with six strategies SNFs can pursue to get started.
- Shore Up Staffing.
- Know the residents and their needs and plan care with them.
- Prevent, identify, and address gaps in care.
- Promote excellent multidisciplinary team work.
- Provide tangible leadership engagement with staff and residents.
- Ensure excellent, competent, available, continuous care—onsite.