July 7, 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 K ey Rehab
Coronavirus is affecting many of us in the skilled nursing setting. Whether it be contracting the virus, or the indirect effects from inactivity and isolation, our residents are being negatively affected. At Key Rehab, we have invested in creating a Post-COVID Recovery Program for our team of dedicated therapists. They receive ongoing education in post COVID recovery, deconditioning, and creative interventions for improving communication with family and friends during this challenging time. Our goal is to improve the lives of those we serve!

For more information visit our website at keyrehab.com or contact Julye Smith, Director of Development
888-362-8704 x271
Governor's Executive Order No. 20-49
This Executive Order extends past EO's (EO 20-39 and 20-41) related to professional & occupational licenses, the allowance of the Temporary Basic Care Aide and others. Click here to view Executive Order number 20-49 that was issued on June 30th.
Webcast on the Medicaid Distribution from the Provider Relief Fund This Wednesday

A webcast covering the Medicaid and CHIP distribution of the Provider Relief Fund is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 4 PM ET. You can  pre-register for the webcast  to reserve a spot.  

On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the distribution of 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. The payment to each provider will be approximately 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care. Please find below important, additional information from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and AHCA/NCAL regarding the Provider Relief Fund Medicaid and CHIP Distribution.  
Finally, for additional information, please call the Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522; for TTY, dial 711. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. Service staff members are available to provide real-time technical assistance, as well as service and payment support.  

Please email  COVID19@ahca.org  for additional questions, or isit  ahcancal.org/coronavirus   for more information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their  guidance on testing individuals in nursing homes . While much of the guidance remains consistent, some key changes include: 
  • New language highlights the importance of facilities having a testing plan in place, following state and local guidance, as well as CMS’ recommended reopening process
  • When conducting repeat viral testing in response to an outbreak (defined as one or more confirmed cases), facilities should repeat testing for all previously negative resident between 3 to 7 days, until testing identifies no new cases among residents or HCP for at least 14 days.
  • The CDC does not recommend testing the same individual more than once in a 24-hour period.
  • New guidance around contact tracing has been included. 
  • The CDC highlights that state and local officials may decrease frequency of testing in areas with minimal to no community transmission. 
  • Clinicians are encouraged to consider testing for other causes of respiratory illness, such as influenza 
Per the CDC, this guidance can also apply to other long-term care facilities, including assisted living.  

The CDC has also updated several other aspects of their guidance for  Preparing for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes . These updates include:  

Assign One or More Individuals with Training in Infection Control to Provide On-Site Management of the IPC Program. 
  • CDC states this should be a full-time role for at least one person in facilities that have more than 100 residents or that provide on-site ventilator or hemodialysis services. Smaller facilities should consider staffing the IPC program based on the resident population and facility service needs identified in the facility risk assessment.
  • Note, CMS requirements for Infection Preventionists has not changed.  
Report COVID-19 cases, facility staffing, and supply information to the  National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Long-term Care Facility (LTCF) COVID-19 Module  weekly. 
An update from the KMAP team
The  KMAP  website has been updated with the following updates:
·         General Bulletin 20145 regarding HCBS provider retainer payments
·         General Bulletin 20149 regarding the application details of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund
A standard global message has been added to alert providers. A standard RA banner message will appear on those available the weeks of July 13 and 20.
Healthcare Release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal
Aetna E-news for July
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