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Two Important COVID-19 Updates: As of March 12, 2020

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 (Skilled Nursing Facility) 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 (length of stay). The declaration also referenced a modification of telemedicine practice (that may or may not include therapy services).

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

Guidance RE: Banning Nursing Home Visitors 
Restrictions were issued on the vast majority of nursing home visitors according to CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) during a press conference Friday afternoon. Please note that the federal administration issued guidance, which is available to view here.

HealthPRO Heritage recognizes how this time calls for both urgency and sensitivity. It is indeed a critical moment for our health care 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 and interpret changes as they become available.

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