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ALERT: CMS and CDC Update Guidance on Testing, Visitation, and Activities in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination (April 27, 2021)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance for long term facilities today in response to COVID-19 vaccination. The following key changes have now been made:

  • Residents and visitors may visit without distancing and source control masks if alone in the resident’s room and the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated. If the visitor is not vaccinated, they can visit with a fully vaccinated resident alone in the resident’s room without distancing while wearing well-fitting source control masks.
  • Communal dining and activities may occur without physical distancing if all residents are vaccinated.
  • Vaccinated health care personnel no longer need to undergo routine testing, but should continue to be tested after exposure, during an outbreak, or if experiencing symptoms.

AHCA/NCAL has provided a detailed summary of these updates. 

The new guidance can be found here:

ALERT: CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations (March 10, 2021)

For additional details on the revised nursing home visitation guidance released 03/10/2021, visit here:

The CMS press release on this revised nursing home visitation guidance can be found here:

A Fact Sheet can be found here:

ALERT: CMS Guidelines for Nursing Facilities and ICF/IIDs.

QSO 20-39-NH – Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines

QSO 20-38-NH – Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

QSO 21-14-ICF/IID – ICF/IID Guidelines

CMS FAQ on Visitation


Also – March 3 Advisory Memo from DPSQA/OLTC re: Visitation Guidance

ALERT: CMS Releases Revised Criteria for Conducting Focused Infection Control Surveys and Survey FAQs

CMS has released updated guidance on the frequency of focused infection control (FIC) surveys as well as providing frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding health, emergency preparedness (EP), and life safety code (LSC) surveys. (01/04/2021)

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ALERT: CMS Adds Six New COVID-19 ICD-10 Codes Effective January 1, 2021

In an off-cycle update to the 2021 ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines posted in December in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) implemented six new diagnosis codes into the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), effective January 1, 2021.

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