Proposed plan calls for more relief funding and stricter infection control - SpecialtyRx
February 10, 2021
Proposed plan calls for more relief funding and stricter infection control

Biden releases proposed pandemic plan

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Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden recently released his pandemic response plan and if it comes to fruition, long-term care providers will be affected. The plan looks to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services to “strengthen long-term care facility guidance, funding and requirements around infection-control policies.”

The 200-page document also states that the agencies, “support long-term care staffing levels sufficient to ensure patient safety, and support the accelerated distribution of vaccines to residential care settings.”

In addition, the proposal includes unified efforts between various agencies and the President’s Office to develop a vaccination plan and provide targeted surge assistance to LTC facilities.

Additional excerpts from the plan include:

“To increase incentives to vaccinate Medicare beneficiaries, CMS will evaluate how to incorporate quality measures for COVID-19 immunizations into its value-based purchasing programs, including Medicare Advantage Star-Ratings, the physician quality payment program, and accountable care programs.”

“CMS will also use Medicare data to identify beneficiaries at the highest-risk and work with states and localities to operationalize vaccination plans. The Administration will also build on the CDC Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program to ensure that long-term care residents and staff can receive vaccinations in as streamlined and effective manner as possible.”

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