April 16, 2020
KHCA/KCAL is committed to providing our members with important updates. Below is a list of the most recent COVID-19 updates. Please visit our website for a list of complete updates.  www.khca.org

The KHCA/KCAL staff is here working for you! Due to the volume of calls you may need to leave a message. We will return your call as soon as we possibly can.
Governor Laura Kelly has announced a new category of temporary aide workers

Governor Laura Kelly has announced a new category of temporary aide workers to ease the staffing shortages in adult care home settings across the state. An example of this training would be the free   8 hour online training course   made possible by the American Health Care Association, and was requested jointly by Kansas Health Care Association, LeadingAge Kansas and KACE.

This Executive Order includes several additional items related to staffing and Life Safety, including the suspension of the Office of the State Fire Marshal from doing inspections.

According to KDADS Deputy Secretary Scott Brunner, KDADS is adding some final touch ups on the guidance document. Brunner thinks this will be posted Friday.
Updates to Provider Relief Fund Website
The federal government has added an  attestation portal  to the  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund website Providers who have been allocated a payment from the initial $30 billion general distribution must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the terms and conditions within 30 days of payment .

Additionally, the federal government has clarified that relief funds are available to all providers regardless of whether they have specifically treated COVID-19, noting that the government “ broadly views every patient as a possible case of COVID-19 .” 

AHCA/NCAL has updated their  FAQs on the Provider Relief Fund  on this new development with some additional info. 
Where to Turn for Help
AHCA/NCAL has developed brief  guidance  for facilities facing PPE and staffing shortages, as well as other challenges in receiving assistance. It is critically important that you raise the alarm and you document your efforts to obtain support.
In response to the survey initiated by KHCA, LeadingAge Kansas, and KACE
In response to the survey initiated by KHCA, LeadingAge Kansas and KACE where ADULT CARE HOMES indicated their plans for isolation and or expanding use of nontraditional rooms to cohort residents, KDADS has created the following checklists and forms to help you fast track your plans. This waiver of room usage was authorized by Governor Kelly’s EO 20-23. Please contact  Janis.DeBoer@ks.gov  with questions.

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