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.

Summary of CMS Revised Visitation Guidelines

On March 10, CMS released a Revised version of QSO-20-39-NH-Revised related to nursing home visitation.  The new visitation makes changes to the visitation guidelines including the impact of COVID-19 vaccination and is effective immediately.  Additionally on March 10, the CDC released updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination which provides recommendations that relate to visitation and should also be reviewed as members revise their visitation policy to comply with the revised CMS visitation guidance. Please see below for an outline of the revised CMS visitation guidance.

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Iowa Board of Nursing Releases Revised Scope of Practice Rules

The Iowa Board of Nursing released revised scope of practice rules that are effective Mar. 31, 2021.  LAI developed a document that shows previous scope of practice rules in comparison to the revisions that were completed. 

In a newsletter, the Iowa Board of Nursing “strongly encourages all licensees to review the new Chapter 6 in its entirety to ensure compliance and that they recognize that changes will require a period of transition and education, they are committed to working with all parties to assure that the new rules are followed and met.” Members are encouraged to reach out to Jimmy Reyes, Associate Director of Practice and Education with any questions. Note the newsletter has not posted to the Iowa Board of Nursing Website at this time but can be found at this link once posted.

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