June 9, 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
Yes, Assisted Living and Home Plus…You are Included
Governor Kelly signed HB2016 on Monday, June 8, 2020 ushering in a new round of infection control surveys for adult care homes. This will include Assisted Living, Residential Health Care, Home Plus and Adult Day Care.
Click here for more details.
HHS to Release $15 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Funds to Medicaid Providers – including HCBS providers!
Today, June 9, HHS   announced   the distribution of $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to Medicaid providers. These additional resources are critical for providers. We also know that more is still required to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. We’ll continue to advocate on your behalf for the funds and other resources you need. 

Eligible providers include Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not previously received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation. 
A Message from the President & CEO Mark Parkinson
Our profession faces its greatest challenge in history. This isn’t like the usual fight we have in D.C. over a two percent increase or cut, or over some crazy regulation. Instead, this is a battle for the lives of our residents, our staff, and the very survival of our sector. 

We didn’t cause the COVID-19 crisis, but we will be a large part of the solution. 

  • How Did We Get Here?
  • You are Fighting Back
  • We are Fighting Back in D.C. as Well
  • Members Approve an Historic Media Campaign to Fight Back
  • Our Next Steps
  • Lots of Changes for AHCA/NCAL
  • Our Vendors Have Stepped Up
  • Finally, a Big Shout Out to Debbie and Helen
Discontinue the use of N95 Vented Masks Immediately
In response to concerns received by the FDA, revisions have been made to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to address sub-standard products to protect the public health and safety. Respirator models located at  https://www.fda.gov/media/137928/download  HAD BEEN on the list of authorized respirators but NO LONGER meet the EUA eligibility criteria and thus are no longer authorized. Respirators that ARE CURRENTLY AUTHORIZED are listed at  https://www.fda.gov/media/136663/download  and include authorized, imported, non-NIOSH approved respirators made in China. 
Relating to the Battelle Decontamination System, N95 respirators containing cellulose-based materials; respirators that have exhalation valves; and respirators that are authorized by the Non-NIOSH Approved Disposable Filtering Facepiece Respirators manufactured in China EUA are not compatible with the Battelle Decontamination System.  https://www.fda.gov/media/136529/download
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.
You're Invited! " Heartstrings of  Hope "
ComfortCare Homes is inviting all long-term care facilities, care homes, dementia care facilities, assisted living facilities, HomePlus Homes, etc. to participate in a state-wide HEART connections project.

Help us elevate the voices of our most vulnerable, creating awareness of the challenges senior living communities have faced to protect residents while making sense of a world with COVID.

Event Flyer can be found  here  .
Facility event flyer can be found  here  .

Questions:  micalag@comfortcarehomes.com  / (316) 685-3322
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