Survey Results
Thank you for participating in the recent member survey. We received many thoughtful responses. This information will help guide us in the weeks and months to come. Please always feel free to reach out directly to us as well. 
 
EMR Resource
ISDH reminds All Long-Term Care Communities that they are expected to track PPE shortages, and other critical information using the EMResource tool. This information is very helpful to the LeadingAge Indiana staff as well. If you have not already done so, please complete the sign on process as soon as you are able.
Questions – contact: Chris Gilbert ( chgilbert@isdh.in.gov ; Division of Emergency Preparedness, Indiana State Department of Health; 317-439-9731 cell)
 
Weekly Call Reminder
ISDH invites all LTC members to participate in a standing call every Thursday from Noon-1:00 Eastern to address successes and challenges, and to share information directly with staff from ISDH This is an opportunity for providers to express concern and ask questions directly to ISDH officials  LeadingAge Member participation is greatly encouraged
From LeadingAge National
Federal Updates
New CDC Reporting Tool - National Healthcare Safety Network
On April 28, CDC released the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) LTC Facility Component , noting that the module is activated. The announcement also includes links to webinars on the module and on how to enroll in NHSN. CMS has not yet issued the regulation that is expected and that will likely require providers to report through the NHSN. Be on the lookout for additional analysis coming from LeadingAge National … LeadingAge has heard (without confirmation) that that 12 hour notification requirement may not be in the rule after all, but we won’t know this until we see the rule. The 72 hour requirement for reporting an outbreak is still likely to be in the rule. LeadingAge National advocacy continues with HHS/CMS and Congress to either rescind this requirement or develop a reporting system that involves only ONE report from providers (not one to the health department and another to CDC).
  • Note – ISDH has expressed a willingness to sync the two (state and federal) sets of reporting requirements. LeadingAge Indiana will continue to track this rules and advocate for the least burdensome requirements we might be able to achieve. 

New CDC LTC Frontline Staff Training Webinars
These short webinars are all published on the Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs) web page at the bottom under a “Webinar Series” section. These new webinars are intended to be a training tool/resource for frontline long-term care staff members:

CDC Updated Three Additional Resources :

From CMS
  • CMS issued a letter for Clinicians Participating in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2020 performance period.

From the FDA
ISDH Updates
ISDH Longterm Care Newsletter
  • CMS – QSO-20-28-NH Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating SystemUpdates, Nursing Home Staff Counts, and Frequently Asked Questions
  • LTC UpdateCOVID-19 InformationFamily Outreach Email Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 Resource Center

Total positive cases: 16,588
Total deaths: 901
Total tested: 87,181