July 16, 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
Interventions to Support Behavioral Health During a Pandemic
Residents and patients continue to have indirect effects of social isolation due to COVID-19 such as depression, grief, anxiety and PTSD. RehabCare invites you to watch our on demand webinar breaking down the actions to take to combat the effects of isolation. The webinar will provide insight on physical and behavioral health, interventions, strategies to help residents cope with social isolation and education for staff.  Click here to watch the webinar .
For more information contact  Beth Niemann, Director of Business Development
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 and Wednesday's CMS   Point of Care Testing Call .

Click here to view the latest survey findings.

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.
Summary of CMS Call on Point-of-Care COVID-19 Testing for Nursing Homes
On July 14, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)  announced  an initiative to distribute of point-of-care COVID-19 testing devices to nursing homes across the country. Seema Verma, Administrator of CMS and Admiral Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held a nationwide conference call with nursing homes on July 15 to provide additional information about the rollout.  

Click here to read more.
HCBS Settings Final Rule Deadline Extension
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a one-year extension for states to come into compliance with the HCBS Settings Final Rule. With this extension, Kansas and HCBS providers now have until  March 17, 2023 , to come into compliance with the HCBS Settings Final Rule.
KDADS intends to use this one-year extension to allow providers additional time to remediate and come into compliance with the requirements of the Final Rule. KDADS will continue to process self-assessment desk reviews and send out notifications to providers by September 1, 2020. In addition, KDADS will push back the timeline for transitioning HCBS waiver participants from settings that are unable or unwilling to come into compliance. KDADS will publish an updated timeline in the coming weeks.
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. 

Click here for more details.
Reminder: FGI Standards Survey - Due tomorrow, July 17th
As a reminder, your assistance in completing a short  survey  for the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) by tomorrow, Friday, July 17.
FGI is the publisher of the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities, used by several States as the adopted code by their Department of Health, and has convened a committee of health and residential care providers, architects, engineers, AHJs, and researchers to assemble design guidance that can assist senior living communities in weathering future pandemics, weather, wildfires, and other emergency situations.
The committee is responsible for creating a white paper with draft Guidelines requirements and lessons learned from past local and national emergencies over the past several years such as COVID-19, Hurricane Katrina, and the wildfires in California. This white paper will become the basis for a new Guidelines standard, released with the 2022 edition, for designing senior living facilities that can withstand emergency events and adapt during emergency conditions.
FGI has asked for  input  from AHCA/NCAL members who are on the front line of emergency situations and are the experts in terms of identifying solutions. This is a valuable opportunity to help shape FGIs recommendations.
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.

Click here for more details.
Time is running out! 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.
KCAL's Operators Course to go Virtual in August
The Adult Care Home Operators Course will be offered virtually August 19-26, 2020.

Click here  for more details.
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