May 22, 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.
Holiday Message
In observance of the U.S. federal Memorial Day holiday, we will not publish on Monday, May 25, 2020. Service will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. We wish our readers a safe holiday.
Thank you for your response to the CALL TO ACTION regarding the COVID-19 Liability Bill.

Your voices were heard and the bill passed in both the Senate and the House early this morning. Now it waits with the Governor.

KHCA/KCAL will keep you updated on more information related to this when we have it.
PPE Needs Survey
We need your help because we are hearing from state partners that our homes have plenty of PPE. If that is not the case, we need to tell your story. Please complete the following survey about your PPE supply.  Click here to take the survey.

FYI – the survey system will be doing maintenance on Saturday, May 23, but the survey will be available all other days.
HHS Releases $4.9 Billion to Skilled Nursing Centers  
For the past several weeks, AHCA/NCAL’s efforts in D.C. have been focused largely on a request to HHS to establish a fund to provide financial support specifically to long term care facilities. Today, we learned that our effort has met with success. The federal government will allocate $4.9 billion to certified skilled nursing centers , from the Provider Relief Fund created by the CARES Act. 

You have been on the front lines for months, working hard to prevent and contain this deadly virus, especially in a number of the hot zone areas. I know that these resources are essential during this difficult time. 

Every provider, whether you have cases of COVID-19 or not, is fighting to protect residents or keep the virus out the building. This has required substantial outlays for PPE, testing, agency staff and hero pay for regular staff as we isolate and cohort residents, prevent staff from working across units, and increase cleaning and infection control procedures. If a nursing home has COVID-19 positive patients, those costs double and triple. 

Providers will be paid electronically where possible. Providers who normally receive a paper check for reimbursement from CMS will receive a paper check in the mail for this payment as well, within the next few weeks. 
  • HHS will make relief fund distributions to SNFs based on both a fixed basis and variable basis. 
  • Each SNF will receive a fixed distribution of $50,000, plus a distribution of $2,500 per bed.  
  • Providers must attest that they will only use Provider Relief Fund payments for permissible purposes and agree to comply with future government audit and reporting requirements. 

Unfortunately, assisted living providers still have not received the relief funds they need. This has happened for a variety of reasons. One issue is that because assisted living is not federally regulated, there is not a simple way to create a group of eligible providers or a methodology to pay them. We know this is creating a real hardship for our assisted living members and we are committed to working on this challenge.   

I know that the resources announced today are critical for providers. Our state affiliates and members across the country have worked tirelessly on this effort, contacting every Member of Congress with requests to advocate to HHS on our behalf. These resources are welcome news, but we are not done yet. We realize that many of you have mounting challenges in the weeks and months to come. AHCA/NCAL remains focused and committed to working on your behalf. We’re so proud to be able to represent you, especially now. You are saving lives. 
Mark Parkinson 
President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL
KSBN Weekly Update
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