June 17, 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
Webinar Recordings with KDADS pertaining to Reopening Requiremtns and Recommendations for Nursing Facilities
KHCA/KCAL, LeadingAge Kansas and KACE hosted two webinars with KDADS’ Deputy Secretary Scott Brunner and Deputy Secretary Janis DeBoer to review the reopening requirements and recommendations plan and answer your questions. This information applies to Nursing Facilities only. Assisted Living, Home Plus and Residential Health Care will be addressed on Friday. (See previous story.)
Both webinars were recorded and are available for your viewing by clicking below.

NHSN Reporting and Citations Update
On June 9th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began issuing F884 citations and Civil Money Penalty (CMP) for failure to report to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for COVID-19 related data information. On June 11th, AHCA received communication from CMS regarding a few common issues that they discovered related to NHSN reporting and related citations and fines. On June 15th, AHCA started receiving information  from providers who had received a notice in their CASPER that their NHSN reporting citation and CMP were rescinded. AHCA drafted a sample independent information dispute resolution (IIDR) request for centers who believe they received a citation and believe it was issued in error or inappropriately.
AL PPE Survey - Due Today, 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  .
Husch Blackwell Thought Leader Advisories
This daily update is being sent to raise awareness of the content that has been created and distributed concerning COVID-19, the CARES Act and Return to Work information. 
COVID-19 Toolkit:
  1. Register: Planning and Building Healthcare Facilities in the Wake of COVID-19 (Webinar – June 24)
  1. FAQ: CARES Act SBA Loan Programs
CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 6/15/20
CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. 
“Speak loudly about the good nursing homes are doing during COVID-19” – A McKnights Long-Term Care News Article
“Daily care provision in our profession has always been a delicate dance on most days and the world barely takes notice. The work we do in elder care is nothing short of a miracle every day. The past 35 years of serving this population, both staff and residents, gives me the right to say that.”    Click here to continue reading  
Join CMS for the Managing COVID Positive Residents Training Call - Thursday, June 18th from 3:00-4:00 CST
Topic: Clinical Care: Managing COVID Positive Residents
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM CST
Advance Registration Required: Register here . Note: Once you register, you will receive an email with your individual link to join the webcast. The link you receive will only work for one user. Please forward this email to other team members if you would like them to attend so they can register.)

Open to nursing home leaders, clinical and administrative staff members and others interested in nursing home infection prevention in the era of COVID-19.

Event Description:
The National Nursing Home Training Series is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the QIO Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) serving every state and territory. Every Thursday through July 2020, we’re bringing you a one-hour live webinar featuring experts on different aspects of infection prevention in the nursing home setting.

Invitations are distributed weekly for each training in the series. S ign up here for updates . Miss a training? View recordings, slides and resources on QIOProgram.org .

This Week’s Topic:
Clinical Care: Managing COVID Positive Residents

The clinical management of COVID positive and presumed COVID positive residents requires understanding the various disease trajectories and having appropriate plans of care in place that align with each residents’ goals and preferences. It also requires working with medical directors and clinicians to have the needed medications and other treatments available. This webinar will review the key considerations for the clinical management of COVID positive and presumed COVID positive residents. 
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