• This afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a call on COVID-19 with Nursing Home organizations. CMS leadership will discuss 1135 waivers and the agency’s latest telehealth guidance. There will be audience Q&A and the call will be recorded if you are unable to join us. Please distribute this invitation to your colleagues and membership.  Wednesday, March 18th from 4:30 – 5:00 PM EST, 888-455-1397 Access Code: 5854574
  • LeadingAge is now hosting daily briefing calls at 3:30 p.m. EST. On these calls, you will hear from LeadingAge policy experts about the most up-to-date information on guidance, regulation, and legislation related to the pandemic and its impact on aging services providers. They'll also answer member questions. Recordings will be posted on the LeadingAge website daily, so you can listen even if you can’t dial in. To join the call, register now.
  • Visit LeadingAge Indiana Coronavirus Resource Center where we will continue to house all updates and provide links to information.
ISDH Long Term Care Newsletter
Today's Issue:
  • COVID-19 Guidance for out-of-hospital mitigation strategies
  • CMS – 1135 authority – Immediate jeopardy duties only and LTC Strike Teams

The ISDH created guidance on ways to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and residential facilities when a resident is positive or presumed positive. “Non-essential” in the following guidance, in accordance with CDC, (see STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS) does not mean non-essential staff cannot enter a resident room. Rather it is focused on non-essential staff not entering the presumed or confirmed COVID-19 resident’s room .

COVID-19 Guidance for out-of-hospital mitigation strategies
Strategies to reduce the spread of infection in facilities with a patient/resident with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19

CMS – 1135 authority – Immediate jeopardy duties only and LTC Strike Teams
With CMS using 1135 authority to require nursing home surveyors to limit their duties to immediate jeopardy only, we will be using this workforce to form LTC strike teams. These teams will go to facilities (those with a presumed case will be prioritized) to do PPE training and communicate risk mitigation strategies with essential staff (those who provide healthcare to patients with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 cases). These teams will also do targeted test collection. We hope to fully utilize this workforce and their expertise to assure that the facilities that care for our most vulnerable residents are as prepared as possible to continue to do so safe and effectively. This is not a regulatory visit and there will be no report given to the facility. The team will rely upon the facility’s screening of the residents to prioritize testing. Please have a nurse available to assist with the resident during the testing. Your staff will be appreciated by both the resident and the strike team staff to comfort the resident.
Webinar This Thursday
Thursday, March 19, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CST

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly evolve, U.S. employers are wrestling with many workforce issues to ensure workforce safety and mitigate operational disruptions. Our discussion will present key considerations for employers relating to employee workplace safety, implementing policies and procedures for working remotely, handling issues of paid and unpaid leave for employees or family member care, as well as addressing travel restrictions, all within the context of FMLA, EEOC, wage and hour and other legal guidelines. A question and answer period will follow. Presented by Quarles & Brady. REGISTER

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