The Importance of COVID-19 Safety Measures
As COVID-19 moves through our country, we know that protecting our most vulnerable patient population is critical. Acclivity stands by the actions required across healthcare and we are prepared to provide the support necessary to ensure that we are taking the appropriate steps to help slow the progression of this serious and deadly virus.
We are thankful to all of you for all that you do to provide for this nation’s patient population as well as ensuring the safety of your staff.
To assist your practice in safeguarding team members and patients, we have gathered resources and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for you.
Acclivity Enhances Mobile App To Support Care During COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to spread across our nation, Acclivity Health understands the growing concerns of hospice and palliative care organizations. Providers are having to limit their patient visits due to lack of staff, PPE supplies, and risk of exposure. Hospitals are transferring their seriously ill patients to hospice earlier in their effort to keep beds open for potential COVID-19 cases. As a result, hospices are seeing their census increase during this pandemic, requiring close monitoring and screening for COVID-19 while ensuring the safety of providers and their patients. To limit the spread of infection, providers must find a way to care for patients without being at the bedside.
What Is the 1135 Waiver and What Does It Mean for My Hospice?
During these historic times, many healthcare providers are struggling to provide care in the same ways they did before COVID-19 disrupted everyday lives. To alleviate these pressures and to facilitate continued support to fight COVID-19, the President instituted protocols to give governmental agencies, like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the authority to invoke proactive methods to ease the strains being faced by providers without compromising care delivery. The emergency declarations were made on March 13, 2020, and a new set of blanket 1135 waivers inclusive of hospice was released March 30, 2020.
Helpful and Reliable links:
Advisories & Best Practices
- CMS Coronavirus Waivers
- NHPCO Guide to Virtual Care
- WHO Technical Guidance by Topic
- CDC Guidance for Healthcare Professionals
- CDC: How to Protect Yourself
- CDC: Guidance for Healthcare Facilities
- CMS Guidance for Patient Safety
- HHS Healthcare Planning Checklist
- NHPCO Resources List
- CDC Guidance for Health Departments