Coronavirus Update #109
Updates to Provider Relief Fund FAQ, Revised Notification Guidelines,
Upcoming Webinars, CMS Calls
Updates to Provider Relief Fund FAQs Address TIN and Gross Receipts

On June 2, HHS released updated FAQs with long awaited guidance on Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) and has explained use of Gross Receipts. In addition to the TIN FAQs, HHS also added or updated other FAQ topic areas. That information is listed below the TIN information. To find updated, Gross Receipts language, AHCA/NCAL recommends downloading a copy of the FAQs as a PDF and conducting a key word search.  
Revised Notification Guidelines 

AHCA/NCAL has updated the COVID-19 Reporting and Notification Guidelines for Nursing Homes , according to the new regulations for notifying residents, representatives and families of COVID cases that went into effect on May 8, 2020. These guidelines supplement the information in this detailed summary AHCA previously provided and provide further clarification from CMS on how providers should report cumulative COVID cases and clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset respiratory symptoms within 72 hours.

Free Webinar from Johns Hopkins Medicine

COVID-19 can leave a path of devastation for patients, survivors, caregivers and those adjusting to a new way of life. As we are witnessing the emergence of increased post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), domestic violence and even suicides, it is important to understand these manifestation of stress from the pandemic, learn to identify early warning symptoms and how to help yourself and those you love. Join us for an intimate discussion indented to reduce emotional pain and distress after months of coping with this novel coronavirus.

Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

For more information on the Johns Hopkins experts:
Free Webinar Helping Staff Cope with Traumatic and Chronic Stress Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic
This one hour webinar with Dr. Bill Mansbach is ideal for any health care professional working in aging services settings, including nursing homes, life plan communities, affordable senior housing, hospice, and others. Join us to learn practical strategies to improve your own coping, both now and later, and to learn how leaders and organizations can support mental wellness for their teams during this challenging time.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Presenter: Dr. William Mansbach, Counterpoint Health Services
COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Facilities: How Maryland's Long-Term Care Industry is Responding
We, along with our partners at the Alzheimer's Association, LifeSpan, and LeadingAge MD, invite you to a virtual pubic conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on Maryland's long-term care industry and those we serve. Understand how we have approached this unprecedented pandemic, our response in areas such as: testing, reporting, surge capacity, and what additional actions are needed to support staff, individuals at their facilities, and family caregivers.
Tuesday, June 9 
11:00 AM

Featured Speakers:
  • Cass Naugle, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association Greater Maryland

  • Alison Cibrowski, President and CEO, LeadingAge of Maryland

  • Joe DeMattos, President and CEO, Health Facilities Association of Maryland

  • Kevin Heffner, President, LifeSpan Network
CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 6/1/20

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. 

Call details are below. Conference lines are limited so you are highly encouraged to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser.

Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters.

This week’s Lessons from the Front Lines:
Friday, June 5 at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Code: 6583696
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Thank you.

We cannot thank you enough for the dedication and diligence in doing all that you can for the residents in your communities. HFAM continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with our state and national partners and will do all we can to support you during this time.