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
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.
Deadline line to take this survey is June 5, 2020.
PPE Supplier List
Knowing whether a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplier is reliable is challenging these days with all the pop-up PPE suppliers and PPE scams. To assist members, AHCA/NCAL has developed a list of PPE suppliers that have recently served long term care providers.
Senate Hearing on Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
On Thursday, May 21, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Committee held a hearing entitled, "Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis." The hearing featured three non-governmental witnesses that discussed how COVID-19 is affecting seniors, especially seniors receiving care in skilled nursing facilities, as well as other topics including personal protective equipment, infection control, data collection, regular testing of residents and staff, pandemic health care provider funding, and vaccines and treatments.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA's COVID-19 requirements, which will became effective May 26, 2020. The previous memorandum will be rescinded.
HHS Releases $4.9 Billion to Skilled Nursing Centers
On Friday, May 22 the federal government announced it will allocate $4.9 billion to certified skilled nursing centers, from the Provider Relief Fund created by the CARES Act.
Every provider, whether they 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 providers 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. Click here to continue reading.