ATTENTION: NC SENIOR LIVING ASSOCIATION COVID-19 UPDATE 3/19/20
March 19, 2020
Below are recent developments regarding COVID-19:
- Medicaid PCS - NC Medicaid informed us late yesterday that they are currently working on processes to ensure current Medicaid PCS beneficiaries maintain prior approval and that new beneficiaries seeking PCS are assessed telephonically to allow authorization of services to those who are eligible. NC Medicaid will also implement a telephonic or desk review assessment process for beneficiaries submitting Change of Status Request. Medicaid is working with QiRePort and Liberty HealthCare to ensure they can effectively operationalize these procedures and hope to have all processes implemented in the next few days. NCSLA will keep providers informed as things progress and be on the lookout for a Medicaid Bulletin in the next few days that will address this issue.
- Screening staff - As communicated in NCSLA's 3/14/20 communication, providers are encouraged to restrict visitation and also to screen staff for symptoms of infection. As such, NCSLA, with the assistance of one of our members, is providing the following form in Word version and Adobe PDF version for providers to use for screening staff and visitors (when appropriate).
- PPE (personal protective equipment) - We have heard from a number of providers this week that they are beginning to exhaust their supplies of PPE and are unable to obtain it from suppliers. NCSLA inquired with NCDHHS and was told the State Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is working with the local Health Care Coalitions to allocate their resources of PPE to providers. Therefore, if your adult care or family care home is not yet connected to a local Coalition, you should find the one that contains your county at the following site to make the request for addition PPE - https://nchealthcarecoalitions.org/
- According the the NCDHHS COVID-19 website,cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in our state and are now found in 18 counties (counties with more than one case are denoted in red):
- Brunswick - 1 case
- Onslow - 1 case
- Craven - 1 case
- Sampson - 1 case
- Wilson - 1 case
- Wayne - 1 case
- Johnston - 2 case
- Harnett - 4 case
- Chatham - 3 case
- Durham - 12 cases
- Wake - 17 cases
- Guilford - 1
- Forsyth - 2 cases
- Cabarrus - 1 case
- Mecklenburg - 11 cases
- Iredell - 1 case
- Lincoln - 1 case
- Watauga - 1 case
- The NCDHHS, the CDC and others continue to provide excellent materials and timely guidance related to COVID-19. In addition, the NC Division of Public Health (DPH) and NC Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) will be holding weekly forums for health care facilities, home-based providers and others on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Forums will begin next Tuesday, 3/24/20 and will continue until they are no longer needed. Forums will be recorded and available to the public.
- During the forums, Subject Matter Experts from DPH will provide a quick update on any new developments and will then respond to questions received before or during the forum.
- Send any questions you would like for DPH Subject Matter Experts to be prepared to answer during the forum to questionsCOVID19forum@gmail.com - questions must be received no later than 5:00 on the Sunday prior to the call (3/22 this week).
- The forums will be structured to allow either webinar access through your computer OR traditional audio dial-in. PLEASE NOTE - Questions during the forum can only be submitted using the Q&A function using the webinar access through your computer.
- Click the following link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/988453520
- (NOTE: Use the Q&A function to submit questions during the live webinar. For audio-only access (mobile)
Dial +1-646-558-8656, ID: 988 453 520#
For audio-only access (office telephone)
Dial (646) 558-8656
Webinar ID: 988 453 520
- As stated in NCSLA's 3/17/20 COVID-17 Update, members were informed of two event cancellations - the Spring Conference and Golf Tournament that was scheduled in April and the Medication Training that was scheduled for next week. We are looking at options to reschedule the Medication Training and other activities and NCSLA will notify providers accordingly.
Reducing resident exposure to individuals who are potentially infected with COVID-19 is of paramount importance since our residents are among the highest risk group for infection and mortality from this virus. Thank you and your staff for all you are doing to provide care to our residents during this difficult time in what we all hope will be a temporary event.
If you have questions concerning any aspect of this document, please do not hesitate to contact me at
Jeff Horton, Executive Director