May 14, 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
CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19
Today, under the direction of President Trump, CMS released a new  toolkit   developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies who provide oversight and assistance to these facilities, with additional resources to aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic within nursing homes. The toolkit builds upon previous actions taken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which provide a wide range of tools and guidance to states, healthcare providers and others during the public health emergency. The toolkit is comprised of best practices from a variety of front line health care providers, Governors’ COVID-19 task forces, associations and other organizations, and experts, and is intended to serve as a catalogue of resources dedicated to addressing the specific challenges facing nursing homes as they combat COVID-19.
A Message from KHCA/KCAL's Legal Counsel - Deadline To Repay PPP Loans Extended
Question:  An SBA interim final rule posted on May 8, 2020 provided that any borrower who applied for a PPP loan and repays the loan in full by May 14, 2020 will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith. Is it possible for a borrower to obtain an extension of the May 14, 2020 repayment date?
                                                            
Answer:  Yes, SBA is extending the repayment date for this safe harbor to May 18, 2020, to give borrowers an opportunity to review and consider FAQ #46. Borrowers do not need to apply for this extension. This extension will be promptly implemented through a revision to the SBA’s interim final rule providing the safe harbor.

Harvey M. Tettlebaum
Guidance on how an Administrator updates their information in KOTA
In yesterday's update we specified the importance of an  administrator  of a nursing facility making sure their information is up-to-date in KOTA. KHCA has asked for more guidance on this, and this is what we have received:

You will need to have a Web Applications account so that you can log into the Web Apps and access KOTA. From the facility page there is a link along the middle of the page, "Request Change of Administrator/Operator".
 
For anyone that doesn’t have a Web Apps account, please reach out to KDADS and they can assist you. Or, you can use the link & directions below to submit a security agreeement.
   
How to Request Access to KDADS Web Applications
 
• Go to  http://www.kdads.ks.gov     
 
• Click on Web Apps located at the end of the black bar under the Sunflowers.  
 
• Click on the link below the Padlock & Key, ‘KDADS Web Application Access Security Agreement’.  Located on the right side below the Green button.   
 
• Read the Security Agreement
 
• Provide the user information requested (Name, Email, Agency/Business Name, City, etc.) Make sure to include the facilities that you are requesting access to.
 
• Select KOTA as the application you are requesting access to.
 
• Click on the Submit Request button to send it to KDADS.
 
Once your account is created and you will be notifying via an email from KDADS.No_reply@ks.gov.
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