Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
In case you’re keeping track, CMS has released Version 4 about 12 days after the release of Version 3. That alone will tell you how fast things are changing with COVID-19 in LTC facilities.
The latest version – 4 consists of 142 pages, 8 more pages than Version 3.
As with the previous 3 versions, there are 15 specific actions that are address from Cleaning/Disinfection to Screening Visitors, Telehealth and the National Guard. I would like to call your attention to 2 specific resources within the Toolkit – the State/District/Territories Index and the Key Words Index. In addition to the specific actions, you can quickly identify what pages your state information is found (this is a random screen grab):
You can also find information with the Key Words Index (another random screen grab):
The Toolkit has tons of hyperlinks on each page that will provide additional information, contacts, etc. Please share this Toolkit with your team (don’t forget your Medical Director!) and stay tuned for the next version.
Be safe and well out there.