May 8, 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.
KDADS COVID-19 Guidance targeting AL and Home Plus HCBS Providers
NHSN Enrollment Delays & Tips
It is taking longer than anticipated for nursing homes to enroll in   CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)   due to high demand from the new CMS reporting requirements. The NHSN have recruited additional staff to reduce the processing time of enrollment requests.

Access detailed  registration instructions   for new facilities. Facilities are encouraged to review the  Enrollment Guidance document   for a more in-depth explanation of the enrollment process.  Nursing homes should keep documentation of efforts made to enroll in NHSN. 

IMPORTANT NOTE : For the best experience and quicker access to the system, please be sure you are replying to a registration/enrollment email. Emailing the NHSN user support helpdesk will result in longer wait times for a reply. 

Additionally, NHSN is providing two live Zoom sessions to address enrollment specific questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
LTCFs COVID-19 Live Q&A Session for Module and Enrollment Specific Questions 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
12:00 PM (CST) 

Thursday, May 14, 2020
1:00 PM (CST)

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  . The list is not an endorsement or seal of approval of any particular PPE supplier, but can be used as a resource when PPE is not available through their ordinary supply chains. 

Members should keep in mind that PPE demand currently far exceeds PPE supply. Suppliers are facing unprecedented challenges obtaining PPE, so the suppliers on this list may not have PPE at the time they are contacted. These PPE suppliers are doing their best to fill orders as PPE shipments arrive or their PPE is manufactured. If a supplier is out of stock, ask when to check back. 

This   list  will be updated as more PPE suppliers are identified that have successfully delivered PPE supplies to AHCA/NCAL members during the pandemic. 
Webinar on PPE Use Next Week 
The National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) is hosting a town hall forum next week to answer frequently asked questions surrounding the use of Personal Protective Equipment in the care of COVID-19 patients. See how to register online below.
NETEC Webinar: PPE! You've Got Questions. We've Got Answers.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 
11:00 am CST 
Kansas Health Care Association and the Kansas Center for Assisted Living
1100 SW Gage Blvd Topeka, KS 66604
PH: 785-267-6003 FAX: 785-267-0833