July 23, 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
A Message from the President & CEO Mark Parkinson: Administration announces additional $5 billion in COVID relief
Dear Member:

Yesterday evening President Trump announced an additional $5 billion in funding for skilled nursing facilities out of the remaining $60 billion in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief fund to fight the coronavirus. Yesterday, CMS Administrator Verma called me and we had a good discussion about the additional funding.

The announcement is part of the Administration’s efforts to support our work in facilities. Additionally, it advances the Administration’s desire for an immediate increase in testing in facilities. Very soon, CMS will propose a rule to require testing of staff on a weekly basis for facilities in states with a 5% or greater positivity rate. Part of the $5 billion will cover the cost of this testing. 

CMS and HHS are still working on the methodology for distribution of the rest of the $5 billion, and both are asking us for input. They have made clear to us that their priorities are testing, funding for staffing costs and to address facilities in COVID-19 hotspots.

This is good news for our sector. With just $60 billion left in the fund, to know that at least $5 billion is reserved for us is significant. As cases have exploded across the country, and hospitals have reached capacity, I’ve lost sleep worrying about our fate with what is left. We now know that we will get at least $5 billion.

What we also know is that we must continue all of our current lobbying efforts. THIS DOES NOT REPLACE OUR COVID HOTSPOT ASK. We’ve already had discussions with HHS officials and believe that we can continue with that ask. It also does not replace any of the important asks that we have in stimulus 4.0. Please continue to make calls on both.

In short, our efforts to protect the patients we serve continue to work. The battles in your facilities and in DC continue and we are completely focused on continuing to win. 

Best, 

Mark Parkinson
President & CEO, AHCA/NCAL
Our Annual Convention & Trade Show is going Virtual
Given the significant challenges the COVID-19 public health crisis has presented for care communities across Kansas,  KHCA/KCAL has decided not to meet in-person for our annual Convention & Trade Show this year.  Several things factored into this decision, new mandates for the size of gatherings, physical distancing requirements, new cleaning protocols, new guidelines for food service, travel bans and, most importantly, the uncertainty of where we'll be with this virus in the coming months.
 
KHCA/KCAL is planning to go "virtual" with our trade show/conference. We know that going virtual is a big change, but we still feel it is important to offer opportunities for you to share experiences and knowledge with each other. More information with be forthcoming on that in the coming weeks.
 
Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this public health crisis together. Ensuring the health and well-being of your residents, and individuals coming in/out of your care community, remains our top priority.
 
We salute you for the incredible work you do on a daily basis to protect and serve our most vulnerable citizens.
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.

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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
913-488-5156
Jackie Presson
 913-219-0709
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