June 26, 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
Today's COVID-19 Update is brought to you in part by
KDADS' Reopening FAQs
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Claims Processing Guidance for 3-Day Stay and Spell-of-Illness Waivers  
On June 26, CMS updated SNF billing guidance related to Medicare beneficiaries receiving care when a SNF utilizes the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) 3-day stay and spell-of-illness waivers. 

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Tell Us About Your Testing Experience  
AHCA/NCAL is asking member providers to complete a  survey  on the availability, frequency and cost of COVID-19 testing in long term care settings (SNF, AL, ID/DD). Information from this survey will help AHCA/NCAL identify challenges and advocate for how testing should be used and reimbursed on a national level.

This survey is similar to one issued to members in May, as continuing to monitor this rapidly changing situation is critical to our efforts.

Thank you for taking a few minutes of your time and completing the survey by  Monday, June 29

Click here to take the survey.
CMS Announces Plans to End the Blanket Waiver Requiring Nursing Homes to Submit Staffing Data
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to end the emergency blanket waiver requiring all nursing homes to resume submitting staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system by August 14, 2020. The PBJ system allows CMS to collect nursing home staffing information which impacts the quality of care residents receive. The blanket waiver was intended to temporarily allow the agency to concentrate efforts on combating COVID-19 and reduce administrative burden on nursing homes so they could focus on patient health and safety during this public health emergency.

The memorandum released today also provides updates related to staffing and quality measures used on the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five Star Rating System.
To view the memorandum to states and nursing home stakeholders, Click here.
Kansas State Board of Nursing Weekly Update
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Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Flu Vaccines During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Administering Flu Vaccines During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
CDC has released  interim guidance  intended to help immunization providers safely administer vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Routine vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for protecting people and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks, including flu. This guidance will be reassessed and updated based on the evolving epidemiology of COVID-19 in the U.S.

Who Should Get Their Flu Vaccine During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, with  rare exceptio ns , to decrease flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths. Health care providers should use every opportunity during flu season to give flu vaccines to all eligible persons, including essential workers and persons at increased risk for severe illness from  COVID-19  or  influenza .
Virtual Dementia Capable Care Workshop
This course is a combination of both Dementia Capable Care Foundations and the Dementia Capable Care Behaviors Course. It will include the common framework and the stages of Dementia and will also cover the CPI Crisis Development model to empower Care Partners to prevent & de-escalate challenging behaviors. This training will help you to intervene when behavior escalates. You will know how to recognize, respond and calm the individual using non pharmacological approaches. Registration for this class includes both the Dementia Capable Care Foundations and Dementia Capable Care Behaviors workbooks and the exam to become a Certified Dementia Care Specialist.

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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