LeadingAge Iowa is a statewide membership organization of non-profit providers of aging services and supports and the champion for advancement and innovation in aging services. Our mission is to be the voice, support and connector for non-profit members and the people they serve. Our membership is diverse, representing the spectrum of non-profit long-term support and service providers including skilled nursing, assisted and independent living, PACE, home health, adult day, respite, hospice and home delivered meals.  Our members serve over 25,000 older adults in Iowa each day.

CMS Releases LTC Testing Mandate Details

On Wednesday, August 16, CMS released 2 new QSO memoranda related to COVID-19 testing for LTC providers. QSO-20-38-NH provides detailed guidance on the mandatory testing requirements for LTC providers for residents and staff and revises the COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey tool. The Interim Final Rule released yesterday provided the authority for CMS to mandate testing parameters for all Medicare and Medicaid certified SNF/NF providers across the country. Additionally, CMS released  QSO-20-37-CLIA, NH which sets the standards for reporting COVID-19 test results, also related to yesterday’s Interim Final Rule.

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PASRR System Changes to AssessmentPro

DHS and PASRR program partner, Ascend/Maximus, have made the decision to migrate the program from its existing system to the Maximus-developed AssessmentPro application for the state’s Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process. The transition to the AssessmentPro system is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 1st.

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