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Two Important COVID-19 Updates

This is information is updated as of 03/12/20

Waive of 3-Day Hospitalization Requirements
A Federal Emergency Declaration was issued that will impact SNF patient flow from hospitals and professional practice act standards. Specifically, a waiver of the 3-day hospitalization requirements for Part A stay in SNFs has been issued along with a waiver of 25-inpatient bed limit for CAH and waiver 96-hour average LOS. The declaration also referenced a modification of telemedicine practice (that may/may not include therapy services).

Important: The industry anticipates this Federal Emergency Declaration may mean a potential increase in SNF patients as hospitals discharge stable patients to make more open beds available. Learn  more here.

Guidance RE: Banning Nursing Home Visitors 
Restrictions were issued on the vast majority of nursing home visitors according to CMS during a press conference Friday afternoon. Please note the federal administration issued guidance available here.

HealthPRO® Heritage recognizes how this time calls for both urgency and sensitivity. It is indeed a critical moment for our healthcare system, and more broadly,  our nation’s health and well-being. Our Leadership Team and subject-matter experts remain committed to supporting our clients and staff with reliable resources and guidance as we navigate these ever-changing times. Please continue to rely on HealthPRO® Heritage to share/interpret changes as they become available.

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