July 20, 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
Order today and pickup Wednesday!
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.
Kansas State COVID-19 Testing Plan
Click here to learn about the Statewide COVID-19 Testing Strategy and KDADS’ requirement for adult care homes testing plans.

Click here for presentation handouts.
Revised: Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Click here for details.
Information from KDHE about CLIA Waivers
Q: "On a webinar this morning, we were told by KDHE that a facility will have to apply for an additional waiver for the testing that HHS is providing to all facilities. What is the process for that? Almost all facilities have a CLIA Waiver that is used for INRs, glucometer testing, etc. Will we be required to have an additional waiver for the COVID testing?"

A: " The certificate of waiver which you have will cover the COVID testing as long as it is up to date. We do need an email stating that you are starting COVID testing and the estimated annual volume when you are ready to go live. (Email:  kdhe.clia2@ks.gov .) Also, all positive and negatives results need to KDHE Epidemiology as STATE Reportable. The two instruments are Sophia and Abbott ID now that are certified for waived testing sites.
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.
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  
Friday, 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.
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.
Virtual AANAC RAC-CT Certification Workshop
Increase your knowledge of clinical assessment and care planning, completion of the MDS, the regulations surrounding the RAI/MDS process, and managing the PDPM by attending a six-day AANAC Resident Assessment Coordinator-Certified (RAC-CT®) certification virtual workshop.

Registration is open! Click here for 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