April 17, 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
KDADS just posted the link to additional guidance for training temporary aide during the COVID-19 emergency
We have just communicated to AHCA and they will be updated their website to show Kansas as approving the course. Click here for details on AHCA's approved course.
 
Update on Payment of Provider Tax
Georgianna Correll, Facility Program and Finance Director for Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services indicated in an email earlier this week that nursing home’s would be expected to pay their Provider Tax by the end of April.

“At this time, the expectation is that providers will pay their Q3 bed tax by April 30, 2020. However, in the event a provider is experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19, we will entertain extension requests on a case by case basis."

Please email Georgianna at  Georgianna.Correll@ks.gov  or Trescia Power at  Trescia.Power@ks.gov  for more information or help filing for an extension.
Retraction of Waiver Requests for Life Safety Codes
Retraction - In the April 13, 2020 addition of the Daily COVID-19 Update the story  "Facilities Seeking 1135 Waivers for required Life Safety Code Testing, Inspections and Drills"  had a link to waiver requests for Life Safety Codes. The check list however was not for life safety code testing inspections and drills but rather an extension for equipment such as generators. Please disregard that link and checklist and follow the Governor’s EO 20-23
Any Nursing Home who received Ftag 880 in 2019 or 2020 should be expecting a visit from the KDADS Surveyors
According to KDADS' Dawne Stevenson, any nursing home who received Ftag 880 in 2019 or 2020 should be expecting a visit from the KDADS surveyors in the next 30 to 60 days. The facility should expect 2 surveyors, one coming in the building and one staying out. The survey will focus on the infection control checklist. Donning on and off PPE by non-licensed staff including not washing hands between taking off gloves and putting fresh ones on is a common problems.
CDC Updated Criteria for Return to Work
On April 13, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new interim  guidance on return to work criteria for healthcare personnel (HCP) with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Centers are to use the test-based strategy as the preferred method for determining when HCP may return to work. If test-based strategy cannot be used, the non-test-based strategy may be used for determining when HCP may return to work. HCP with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms should be excluded from work until 10 days have passed since the first date of their positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.
Hilton’s Rooms Donation Program to Frontline Medical Workers
Hilton and American Express have partnered to donate up to one million free hotel nights to our association and other frontline medical professionals, so you can have a safe and welcoming place to stay as you support those impacted by COVID-19. 

Bookings can be made for up to 7 consecutive nights at a time and are currently open through May 9th. The program will run through May 31st with rooms being added through the end of May on a rolling basis, subject to availability. 

To search available hotels and book, log in on AHCA/NCAL’s website, and go to  www.ahcancal.org/Hilton-Partnership  to find a link to the program. Hilton has required that participating associations limit the offer to members to help ensure that the offer gets to who it was intended to reach – frontline health care workers treating COVID-19. 
Nursing homes’ raw deal during COVID-19
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