May 5, 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.
New KDHE Online Reporting Portal for COVID-19
KDHE announces a new online reporting portal for Covid-19. This will replace the current method of faxing or phoning in your report to KDHE. This portal is for reporting COVID-19 only. At the current time all other reportable diseases will still need to be called or faxed in.

Kansas-based PPE and other COVID related supply vendors
According to Kansas Health Alert Network, Kansas Manufacturing Solutions is partnering with BioKansas to maintain a list of Kansas-based PPE and other COVID related supply vendors. A list of local suppliers (Kansas area) can be found here:
CMS Kansas City COVID-19 NEW Regulatory Waivers and Rule Changes
Updated & Expanded Version of AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Training (IPCO)
AHCA has released a new and expanded version of its popular  Infection Preventionist Specialized Training  (IPCO Version 2) that was first launched in 2017. The program is available to members and non-members. 

Phase III Requirements of Participation took effect November 28, 2019 and mandate that every nursing facility have a designated and specially trained Infection Preventionist who is running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program. AHCA recommends that each skilled nursing facility train at least two Infection Preventionists through  AHCA’s IPCO training program  should one Infection Preventionist leave the facility.  The training is also highly recommended for assisted living communities because they care for a similar population and face similar infection risks. 
Webinar: Life Safety Considerations During the Management of COVID-19 - Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1:30PM CST
Several life safety issues have emerged due to nation-wide “shelter-in-place” orders that have impacted Life Safety Code compliance (NFPA 101, 2012 edition as enforced by CMS). this presentation will also cover the most recent 1135 waiver that will provide some relief to providers

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