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CMS offers comprehensive support to the State of Texas to combat winter storm

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare On Monday, February 22, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that “efforts are underway to support Texas in response to severe winter storms that have affected the state over the past several days.  On February 17, 2021, Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Norris Cochran declared a public health …

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CDC/CMS/HHS/OSHA COVID-19 Updated Information – Last Week of January 2021

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HHS Amends PREP Act Declaration to Increase Workforce Authorized to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines was issued January 28, 2021. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a fifth amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to add additional categories of qualified persons authorized to prescribe, dispense, and administer COVID-19 vaccines …

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HHS Extends Public Health Emergency (PHE) Through End of 2021

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Late Friday evening (January 22, 2020), the Acting U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Norris Cochran sent a letter to state Governors indicating that in addition to extending the current public health emergency (PHE) for an additional 90-days, effective January 21st, HHS has made the decision that the PHE “will likely remain in place for the entirety …

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CMS Releases Pandemic Plan

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CMS has posted CMS Pandemic Plan – v. 3.1 Public Release with an effective date of January 11, 2021.  This is a 91-page document.  Here’s the Executive Summary: “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people and industries across the country, exacting a heavy toll on every American. The lives lost and the impact of the economic toll have touched every aspect …

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Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar, officially renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, effective January 21, 2021, for an additional 90 days.  This renewal happened on Thursday, January 7, 2021. The current PHE declaration was set to expire on January 21, 2021.  That expiration date has now been moved to April 21, …

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COVID-19 News & Updates

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States are working very hard to speed up COVID-19 vaccination rates.  Here are some state plans and dashboards you may want to check out and bookmark for future reference: Texas COVID-19 Vaccination Information COVID-19 Vaccination in Texas dashboard  Nebraska Nebraska COVID-19 Vaccination dashboard.  On this same dashboard, you can access the COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  Click on the yellow navigation …

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CMS Unveils 2020 List of Quality and Efficiency Measures Under Consideration

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On December 22, 2020, CMS unveiled its list of quality and efficiency measures under consideration – a precursor or first step in the pre-rulemaking process.  In that Press Release, CMS revealed the 2020 list, which includes a number of new measures, as well as several updates to modernize or replace existing measures: Five outcome measures (measures that focus on the …

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ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting – FY2021

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“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), two departments within the U.S. Federal Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide the following guidelines for coding and reporting using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). These guidelines should be used as a companion document to the …

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Blogs on Holiday Break – We’ll Be Back Soon!

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We’re taking a break for the next two (2) weeks but don’t worry, we’re still monitoring all of the news that is important to our readers – that never takes a break. Blog posts will return on January 4, 2021.  In the meantime, the Selman-Holman blog is available for you to review current and past posts.  You can scroll through …

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Recent COVID-19 Updates & Information

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has published an Infection Control Basics and Personal Protective Equipment for Essential Caregivers guide for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, hospices and home and community-based services group homes. This is an 18-page guide with a date of November 9, 2020. Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing …