July 17, 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 AMT
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KMAP Web Updates for HCBS Providers
The  KMAP  website has been updated with the following updates:
  • HCBS Bulletin 20156 regarding a reminder for provider qualifications in the audit process
  • General Bulletin 20157 regarding a reminder of the HCBS background check policy
A standard global message has been added to alert providers. A standard RA banner message will appear on those available the weeks of July 20 and 27. Let me know if you have any questions regarding these updates.
More twists and turns for long term care providers seeking PPE
Please click here for a message from Clay County Emergency Management.
Please make sure you are contacting your local county emergency management team to confirm updated policies on requesting PPE.
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.
Update from KDADS
All CMS regulated nursing homes in Kansas have had their required Infection Control survey says Commissioner Lacey Hunter. Infection Control surveyors are not over, however. Hunter reports that KDADS receives a list from CMS weekly with 3-5 nursing homes on it that will receive another Infection Control survey. How the homes are selected is not clear but likely tied to COVID-19 hot spots and past noncompliance.

Click here to continue reading.
Deadline Extended: Medicaid Application for Provider Relief Fund  
Today, HHS extended the application deadline for the Medicaid tranche of the COVID Provider Relief Fund to  Monday, August 3, 2020 . The payment to each provider will be approximately 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care, and the final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data is submitted. 

Click here for more details.
Statewide COVID-19 Testing Strategy and KDADS' Adult Care Home Testing Plan Requirements – What You need to Know
Please join other Kansas Providers in a webinar on Monday, July 20 th , 10 – 11 a.m. for a free webinar to learn about the Statewide COVID-19 Testing Strategy and KDADS’ requirement for adult care homes testing plans. There will be time for Q&A. (Note: A limited number of connections are available. Register soon.)

  • Dr. Farah Ahmed, State Epidemiologist, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Scott Brunner, Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department for Aging and Disabilities Services

To Register please click here .
AMDA Formally Backs Adoption of National POLST Form
The POLST process emphasizes documenting and honoring patient preferences about the treatments they want to receive during a medical emergency or as they decline in health.

Click here for details.
KS Homes with Active CLIA Waivers
Does your nursing home have a current CLIA Waiver with ALL of the information updated as well? You will need to if you wish to preform basic antigen testing for COVID-19. Click here to see if CMS has you on the list.
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.
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