April 10, 2020
Skilled Nursing Facilities are receiving direct deposit for their portion of the Stimulus Funds
We are pleased to report that HHS has now announced the distribution of the first $30 billion of the $100 billion stimulus fund.  A brief description of their process can be found here .

Highlights are the following: 
  1. SNFs are included. Reporting that this was solely for the hospitals was incorrect. 
  2. All Medicare providers will receive payments based on their 2019 Part A and Part B billings. 
  3. We will provide more detailed information in a few days, but a quick back of the envelope analysis indicates that providers will receive roughly 6.2% of their 2019 billings. 
  4. HHS intends to get the money to you directly. It may hit your accounts as early as today, with the goal being no later than next week. 
  5. This is a grant; it is not a loan. 
  6. This is in addition to the Accelerated Payment Program. You can participate in both. 
  7. We are told that the next distribution will be $50 billion, and it will be more focused on skilled nursing facilities and more tilted toward Medicaid providers and buildings that have been hit by COVID-19. HHS’s goal is to get that money out in 10 days. Of course, that could be delayed. 

We know this payment is not enough to cover all your losses. We hope it is a part of a number of wins we can have in D.C. that, collectively, will make a difference.  

Extending professional and occupational licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic - Governor's Executive Order No. 20-19
A Message from Brenda McNorton, Chief of Inspections with the Office of the State Fire Marshal
Good Afternoon All, 
OSFM has been fielding questions from facilities concerning the inspection, testing and maintenance of LSC system during this time when you may have restricted visitors.
We are sending out the information from CMS. They advised facilities in Memorandum QSO-20-14– under section “Additional Guidance” number 7:  
Facilities should review and revise how they interact vendors and receiving supplies, agency staff, EMS personnel and equipment, transportation providers (e.g., when taking residents to offsite appointments, etc.), and other non-health care providers (e.g., food delivery, etc.), and take necessary actions to prevent any potential transmission. For example, do not have supply vendors transport supplies inside the facility. Have them dropped off at a dedicated location (e.g., loading dock). Facilities can allow entry of these visitors if needed, as long as they are following the appropriate CDC guidelines for Transmission-Based Precautions. 
Please contact the facility in advance of your arrival for information on the appropriate CDC guidelines for Transmission-Based Precautions
This is the only guidance we have concerning this issue. Some have asked if they do not let vendor in to conduct the inspection what repercussions will the facility face once we are back doing inspections. Until CMS provides guidance we do not have an answer.
Thank you for all your questions, we will do our best to keep everyone informed.
Brenda McNorton
Chief of Inspections
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612
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Main Street Lending Program: An Overview
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act  granted the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) the authority to establish a “Main Street Lending Program” to support lending to small and mid-sized businesses on terms and conditions as the FRB may set consistent with the relevant provisions of the Federal Reserve Act. On April 9, 2020, the Federal Reserve issued a  press release  outlining such terms and conditions. Click here to continue reading.
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