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CMS Updates Nursing Home Visitation Recommendations

CMS, in collaboration with the CDC, issued updated guidance for nursing homes on March 10th, to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency.

According to the updated guidance, facilities should allow responsible indoor visitation at all times and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status of the resident, or visitor, unless certain scenarios arise that would limit visitation for:

  • Unvaccinated residents, if the COVID-19 county positivity rate is greater than 10% and less than 70% of residents in the facility are fully vaccinated,
  • Residents with confirmed COVID-19 infection, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met the criteria to discontinue transmission-based precautions, or
  • Residents in quarantine, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met criteria for release from quarantine

The updated guidance also emphasizes that “compassionate care” visits should be allowed at all times, regardless of a resident’s vaccination statusthe county’s COVID-19 positivity rate, or an outbreak. Compassionate care visits include visits for a resident whose health has sharply declined or is experiencing a significant change in circumstances.

There is no change in the guidance for health care workers, including hospice workers, and their ability to enter the facility. The guidance states:

Health care workers who are not employees of the facility but provide direct care to the facility’s residents, such as hospice workers, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, dialysis technicians, laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, social workers, clergy, etc., must be permitted to come into the facility as long as they are not subject to a work exclusion due to an exposure to COVID-19 or showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 after being screened.

CMS continues to recommend facilities, residents, and families adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection control, including maintaining physical distancing and conducting visits outdoors whenever possible.

Although outbreaks increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission, as long as there is evidence that the outbreak is contained to a single unit or separate area of the facility, visitation can still occur.

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President's Message

Posted: March 11, 2021

One Hundred Years of Physical Therapy 

As we move beyond Virtual CSM2021, let us all remember to remain engaged with our profession through APTA and specialty components’ activities to celebrate our professional Centennial.  APTA Home Health, an Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association – formerly known as the Home Health Section – has numerous opportunities for engagement and celebration planned.  A huge thanks to Linda Teodosio, Membership Chairperson and Academy Centennial liaison, for a year-long calendar of celebratory events, like the Home Health "Flat Mary" contest, with opportunities for participating members to receive prizes and giveaways!   

Thanks to all who attended the Academy’s Business Meeting – if you missed it, members can login and access the audiotaped event here2020 was a busy year, but there is much more to accomplish as we intentionally lean into 2021, finalizing our strategic plan.  I invite you to join me, and your peer volunteer leaders, in the advancement of all we are . . . and who we serve.  I continue to look forward to the time when we can all once again gather in person, but am excited about the interactive events planned for members until that is possible.  

As always, be vigilant.  Be prepared.  Stay informed.  Get vaccinated. . . .#IAmVaccinated! 


Dee Kornetti 
APTA Home Health Section 


Early Bird Pricing for April's ACHH Virtual Seminar Ends TOMORROW March 12th


The 2-day live component is a critical element of the Advanced Competency in Home Health Certification program.  The live course requires actual demonstration of skills being discussed and active participation. The 2-day live portion also offers a huge networking opportunity which is one of the strengths of the program. Due to the current and foreseeable future COVID-19 restrictions, hosting this in-person course does not seem probable in the foreseeable future. We are very aware that there are participants who are on a time crunch to complete the certification within the 24-month time window, and therefore are pleased to offer this virtual option.

2021 April Seminar (Eastern Time Zone): 

  • Session One: Saturday, April 17th - 8:00am – 12:00pm EST
  • Session Two: Sunday, April 18th - 8:00am – 12:00pm EST
  • Session Three: Saturday, April 24th - 8:00am – 12:00pm EST
  • Session Four: Sunday, April 25th - 8:00am – 12:00pm EST

For more information & to register, CLICK HERE


APTA Home Health Members Approve Change to Academy

Members of APTA’s Home Health Section have overwhelmingly voted to approve revised bylaws that, among other things, changes the organization from an APTA section to an APTA academy. 

Section leaders are legally formalizing the name change. The new name is APTA Home Health, an Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association. The academy’s shortened name will be APTA Home Health. 

The new name will be rolled out over the next several months. The academy will also debut new branding in line with APTA’s new brand standards. Stay tuned!


Let the Binge-Watching Begin: APTA CSM Content Available Through March 31

The live portion of APTA CSM may be over, but you can still access the 300+ on-demand sessions, recordings of all live sessions, and the 1,200+ posters until March 31. Be sure to download your transcript and certificate of completion before midnight ET on Wednesday, March 31. After that time, we will be unable to provide documentation.

So where to start? Or if you've been tuning into APTA CSM since it began in February, what to put next on your watch list? APTA has offered a few quick takes on available sessions for your viewing inspiration. Click here to view!

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