AHCA: COVID-19 Update | CMS Memo on Nursing Home Visitors

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

CMS released a new QSO memo (20-39-NH) that greatly improves the ability for nursing home residents to receive visitors. In short, it allows for more outdoor and indoor visits, including parameters where indoor visits are required to be permitted. CMS also announced that they will allow for CMP funds to be used to help visitation through the purchase of tents and clear barriers (e.g., Plexiglas). 

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Other COVID-19 Updates

Additional Details on Nursing Home Incentive Payment Program Released: Today, HHS released additional information on how $2 billion in incentive payments will be distributed to nursing homes under the CARES Act. Here is a summary of those details. Read More

An Update on Potential “False Positive” Tests – Differences Between Antigen and PCR Tests: Starting last week, we heard concerning reports of differences between the antigen tests and PCR confirmation test results (e.g. potential false positives) from the antigen testing machines HHS has sent to nursing homes. To better understand what’s going on across the country, AHCA and Leading Age collaborated on a survey to understand the use of the BD Veritor and Quidel Sofia-2 Antigen Point of Care analyzers in member communities.  Read More

Update to Paid Leave of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: On Friday, September 11, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an update to the temporary rule they issued in April regarding coronavirus leave. This update changes the definition of health care workers. Employees defined as health care workers are not required to have paid sick leave and extended family and medical leave under the Act. Other employees of providers are required to have paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. Read More


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Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15