HHS Fund Dispersement
HHS announced this morning that they have disbursed the first portion of funds from the $100B provider fund. Some providers are seeing deposits in their accounts already – and seem to be based on Medicare FFS billing in 2019.  READ MORE

CMS Update
On April 8, 2020 CMS temporarily suspended certain rules in order to expand workforce flexibilities for hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. The changes include two of the waivers LeadingAge advocated for on behalf of members. Read  CMS’s release here   and look for detailed analysis of what this means for you later today on the  main coronavirus page .
From LeadingAge National
ISDH Updates
ISDH Reporting Order – Issued April 8, 2020
The order , which goes into effect April 10, 2020, requires COVID-19 reporting for long - term care facilities, prisons, jails, and other congregate housing, to report the following within 24 hours:
 
  • Any resident who tests positive for COVID-19
  • Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19
  • Any confirmed positive COVID-19 related death OR suspected COVID-19 related death of a resident
  • Any confirmed positive COVID-19 related death OR suspected COVID-19 related death of an employee
 
Confirmed or suspected deaths should be reported regardless of where the death occurred and within 24 hours of the facilities’ knowledge of the death.

ISDH has created an online form for reporting. For purposes of this reporting tool, nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, residential facilities, and assisted living facilities should enter their report under “Long Term Care Facility”. Other facility types would enter information under “Other Congregate Housing. This form does not substitute for any other reporting requirements.
 
Any questions regarding the use of the tool can be directed to:  PROVIDERS@isdh.in.gov

Please note, a question to this email does not replace the requirement to use the ISDH online reporting form.
Total positive cases: 6907
Total deaths: 300
Total tested: 35,040