April 30, 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
KHCA/KCAL COVID-19 Update Call on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:00am
Topics of discussion:
  • Release of Stay at Home Order and what this means for SNF and AL visitor restrictions
  • Notification to the Ombudsman
  • State of Kansas COVID-19 Response Kansas N95 Respirator Decontamination

Link to register for call:
Temporary Nurse Aide Job Description
KHCA, KACE and LeadingAge have collectively created a job description to help Kansas Providers hire for the temporary nurse aide position.

Reporting Guidance for Nursing and Long-Term Care Facilities Concerning 2019 Novel Coronavirus Illness
KDADS sent out a memo requiring “nursing and LTC facilities” to report COVID-19 positive cases in residents and/or staff to the KDADS hotline at 800-842-0078.
Please direct questions to Scott Brunner   scott.brunner@ks.gov
Getting Started with NHSN Reporting on COVID-19
On April 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)  COVID-19 reporting module  for long term care facilities. Currently enrolled facilities will see the new module when they log in. Centers who were not previously enrolled in NHSN will be required to go through an expedited  enrollment process .

Daily reporting to NHSN provides the timeliest data which will be informative and provide situational awareness at both state and national levels. However, at a minimum center should enter data at least once a week.
Data uploaded to NHSN can be done manually or through embedded import functions using CSV files. The COVID-19 module is divided into 4 separate reporting pathways which include:
  • Resident impact and Facility Capacity
  • Staff and Personnel Impact
  • Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ventilator Capacity and Supplies
Centers can choose  one person , or  multiple people , within their center to access and upload information to NHSN.
Webinar from John A. Hartford Foundation and Partners on Supporting Nursing Homes 
On Friday, May 1st from 2:00 – 3:00 pm CST, The John A. Hartford Foundation will be hosting a national  webinar  to discuss a new initiative to address the urgent issues facing nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis. They are inviting all nursing home stakeholder organizations to participate and are seeking leaders on the front lines, such as nursing home administrators, medical directors, directors of nursing, and others to join.

 The webinar will feature:
  • Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President, The John A. Hartford Foundation
  • Shari Ling, MD, Acting CMS Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Invited)
  • Kedar Mate, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, Senior Advisor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
SAVE THE DATE: Settings Final Rule Remediation- Virtual Training
Tips to have good outcomes with MDS coding during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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