June 12, 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
KDADS has posted Nursing Facilities Reopening Requirements and Recommendations
Click here  to view KDADS' requirements and recommendations.

KHCA/KCAL, LeadingAge Kansas and KACE will host live webinars on Monday and Tuesday at 3:30 with KDAD’s Deputy Secretary Scott Brunner and Deputy Secretary Janis DeBoer to review this plan and answer your questions. Registration is required. Attendance is limited, but both sessions will be recorded and posted by all three Associations. This information will apply to Nursing Facilities. Assisted Living, Home Plus and Residential Health Care will be addressed at a later time once KDADS has guidance finalized for them.
Register  here  for Monday, June 15 th  at 3:30
Register  here  for Tuesday, June 16 th  at 3:30
AHCA Update from 6/11/20: CMS Issuing F884 Citation and CMPs for Failure to Report NHSN COVID-19 Data
This week, CMS began issuing 2567s with F level citations for F884 with a $1,000 per instance civil monetary penalty (CMP). These are being issued to all SNFs identified by CMS from data transmitted by CDC as not having submitted data or submitting incomplete or otherwise erroneous data for the week of June 1 to June 7.

The notifications of deficiency and CMP are being sent via the CASPER/QIES system (not the traditional method for notifying a facility with a deficiency). Thus, facilities must log in to CASPER to see if they have a citation or not.
AHCA Update from 6/12/20: Update on NHSN Reporting and Related Citations & Fines
AHCA received communication from CMS late last night (June 11) regarding reporting through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). CMS is researching the issues resulting in providers being marked as non-compliant. 

CMS reports that there are a few common issues they have discovered so far, and the agency is seeking each center’s help to get these corrected and straightened out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) NHSN is looking into some actions that they can take to make it easier for these issues to be identified on the facility side of the platform. 

Provider Relief Fund
See the latest information from KMAP on the Provider Relief Fund for Provider types that did not qualify for the previous relief funds.

Kansas State Board of Nursing Weekly Update 6/12/20
AL PPE Survey - Due June 17
The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is conducting a  survey  for assisted living (AL) providers only to understand their access to personal protective equipment (PPE). We know members are anxious about supplies. It is critically important the data collected in this   survey  is accurate and to help understand the availability of PPE for AL providers.
Please complete the survey by  Wednesday, June 17 . You can find the survey  here . Please take about 5-10 minutes to review your supply inventory and determine how soon you may run out of PPE before  completing this survey .
Applying COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Strategies in Nursing Homes
Clinician Outreach call from CDC
During this COCA call, presenters will use case-based scenarios to discuss how to apply infection prevention and control guidance for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that are preparing for and responding to COVID-19.
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm (CST)

Please click the following link to join the webinar:  https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1615543668
If you are unable to attend the live COCA Call, the recording will be available for viewing on the  COCA Call webpage  a few hours after the live event ends.
Other COVID-19 Updates
New FAQs for ICFs/IID : On June 10, CMS released new  FAQs  (pages 13-15) for intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities related to COVID-19.  Read More  

Coalition Submits Request to Extend Therapy Telehealth Waivers : On June 10, AHCA/NCAL and 13 other therapy advocacy organizations submitted a  letter  to HHS Secretary Azar, CMS Administrator Verma, and other key CMS officials requesting extension of COVID-19 therapy telehealth waivers as well as efforts to make these policies permanent in law.  Read More  

COCA Webinar for Tuesday, June 16 : the CDC Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) will be hosting a  webinar  on applying COVID-19 infection prevention and control strategies in nursing homes.  Read More  
2020 Platinum Sponsors
Thank you to our 2020 Platinum Sponsors. To learn more about each, click their website link below.
Doug Neuschafer
Jackie Presson
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