June 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.  www.khca.org
Has your county sent you a Re Opening plan specific to Long Term Care? Please share it with us. Email it to  khca@khca.org
Frequently asked questions with answers from the CDC
What should I be considering when taking new admissions or readmissions to my facility?   Click here for the answer.

What if I don’t have access to all of the recommended PPE that the CDC recommends?  Click here for the answer.  
Please remember to document all of your request for PPE.
How can I optimize the supply of PPE and Equipment? Click here for the answer.
How do I figure out how much PPE I will need?  Click here for the answer.
Correcting NHSN Data Errors  
On June 4, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly released   individual facility data  related to COVID-19 on Nursing Home Compare. Some centers who reviewed their data, have found errors in the data as it appears on Nursing Home Compare. Centers are encouraged to check Nursing Home Compare for data accuracy. 

Nursing homes are required to report data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The data is then submitted from NHSN to CMS for upload into Nursing Home Compare.

Other COVID-19 Updates
NHSN Efforts and Supportive Documentation : The grace period for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting has officially ended and CMS will automatically issue civil monetary penalties (CMPs) if facilities fail to report by the June 7, 2020 deadline. Nursing homes are required to report COVID-19 related information to NHSN at least weekly. Centers who fail to report to NHSN will be issued per day CMPs by CMS and amounts will increase if nursing homes fail to report in subsequent weeks.  Read More

HHS Releases Additional Provider Relief Fund FAQs : On June 4, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released three additional  FAQs  that address the ability to retract attestation and implications of the June 3 deadline.  Read More

CMS Creates Flexibilities for Certain CMMI Models to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact : On June 3, CMS released a  table  outlining the new flexibilities and adjustments to current and future Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) models.  Read More
Kansas State Board of Nursing Weekly Update 
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