Tuesday, March 10, 2020

COVID-19 Special Edition of Your Top-Line Released





Kiran Sreenivas

On Monday, March 9, a COVID-19 special edition of Your Top-Line 2020-Q1 was released for skilled nursing centers.

The publication contains a summary of the three memos released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 4, 2020. The second memo (OSO-20-12-ALL) is most directly connected to the infection control data provided in the special edition Top-Line. The memo outlines how CMS is prioritizing survey inspections for infection control practices pertinent to containing COVID-19.

Three Year History of Your Infection Control Deficiencies 

This special edition Top-Line contains a summary of your center’s survey history on infection control. This includes F-tags F880, F881, F883, F441, and F334 over the past three survey cycles, which is roughly the past three years.

The image below is an example of what that summary looks like.


If your center has had an F880 deficiency on infection prevention and control, the text from the latest inspection report is also included in the Top-Line.

COVID-19 Resources

The Top-Line also includes links to COVID-19 resources, such as AHCA/NCAL’s dedicate webpage (www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus) and the CDC’s (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/).

AHCA/NCAL has also setup an email box (COVID19@ahca.org) for questions.

Finally, ahcancalED has pulled out relevant modules and resources from the Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) and is offering them free of charge here.

Access Your Center’s Top-Line Today Through LTC Trend Tracker

Once you are a registered user of LTC Trend Tracker, you will receive an email whenever a new publication is released. If you missed the email on March 9 or it got caught in a spam filter, you can always access current and historic Top-Lines within LTC Trend Tracker.

This COVID-19 special edition of Your Top-Line can be found in the first quarter of 2020 edition (2020-Q1).

For help accessing or using LTC Trend Tracker, visit the Resource Center or email help@ltctrendtracker.com

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