July 15, 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 Med-Mizer
To learn more, contact us @  (317) 508-5216  or  LanceErtel@Med-Mizer.com

The deadline for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approximately $15 billion from the  Provider Relief Fund  to eligible providers that participate in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution, is this Monday, July 20. The payment to each provider will be approximately 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care. 

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Feds to Deliver Point-of-Care COVID-19 Testing Devices to 2,000 SNFs
Which facilities get the devices first will be determined on a needs basis and focus on hot spots where coronavirus infection rates are spiking, CMS Administrator Seema Verma says.

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HCBS Update
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state Medicaid agencies informing them that the agency will be extending the deadline for ensuring compliance with the Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS recognizes that states have faced significant challenges and delays in their implementation activities, and that service provision and community integration approaches have been disrupted.  

Due to these unprecedented challenges, CMS has extended the compliance deadline for this regulation to March 17, 2023. CMS is committed to continuing its work with states, advocates, and other stakeholders to continue to improve HCBS options.  Technical assistance and support for states  remains available during the extension period to ensure meaningful progress with ongoing implementation efforts.

Do you need masks?!
KHCA/KCAL and LicaMedman have been in touch with a surgical mask supplier and they have reserved a large block (200,000+) of high-quality, 3-ply face masks with ear loops for Kansas Long Term Care Providers. They will be at the KHCA/KCAL office to distribute these masks on Wednesday, July 22 from 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m. The masks will be priced at $.65 each plus 9.15 percent sales tax. The masks will be available for immediate pick-up to take back to your Skilled Nursing Facility, Assisted Living, Home Plus or Residential Health Care Facility.

To participate:
  • Order the quantity needed by clicking here. Pre-ordering is required.
  • Bring payment (check or credit card) to the KHCA/KCAL office, 1100 SW Gage Blvd on Wednesday, July 22 between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Checks should be made payable to Steve Rust. Calculate your number of masks desired x 65¢ and add 9.15 percent for sales tax.
  • Please come to KHCA/KCAL's rear door where the vendor, Greg Pickett, will be stationed to serve you. 

Please e-mail khca@khca.org with questions.
KHCA/KCAL Members Only Update Call: Friday, July 17th at 9:00am
Join us for a members only KHCA/KCAL Call with Linda MowBray, President & CEO, Angela Moore, VP Facility Standards and Linda Farrar, Clinical Consultant. In this hour, we'll discuss the most recent activity in the state of Kansas as it relates to Long Term Care including Infection Control Surveys. This agenda is tentative as topics may change through the week. **Please note** There is no cost for this members only call. Just select "invoice" and it will show $0.00.\
This will be a webinar type format as several of our other Friday calls have been. You will receive the link for signing in on Friday morning.

Click here  to complete the required pre-registration process.
**Please note** There is no cost for this members only call. Just select "invoice" and it will show $0.00.
KCAL's Operators Course to go Virtual in August
The Adult Care Home Operators Course will be offered virtually August 19-26, 2020.

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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