COVID-19 UPDATE #152
April 7, 2021
DOH OPENS UP LTC FACILITIES COVID-19 VACCINE REQUEST SURVEY
The Department of Health (DOH) has opened up a LTC Facilities (COVID-19 Vaccine Request survey for facilities to request assistance when they are unable to locate/obtain vaccination resources for residents. Skilled nursing and assisted living facilities should first contact and attempt to work with their long term care pharmacy to obtain the vaccine resources. If unable to obtain vaccine resources from your long term care pharmacy, facilities should reach out to their local health jurisdictions. After these steps have been exhausted, complete the DOH survey for assistance.
RCS WEBINAR ON REIMPLEMENTATION OF SURVEYS NEARING CAPACITY ON APRIL 8
The RCS Survey and Inspection Reimplementation Webinar scheduled for Thursday, April 8, from 10:00 - 11:00 AM, is nearing its capacity of 1,000 attendees. If you cannot get into the webinar tomorrow, you can try to attend the one being hosted on Friday, April 9, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Currently there is still a lot of room for additional participants in that event. Click here to register for the Friday offering of this webinar. The webinar will also be recorded and posted as soon as possible for all to view who are unable to attend the live webinar events.
WORKFORCE NEEDS? WASHINGTON'S HEALTH WORKFORCE SENTINEL NETWORK CAN HELP
Do you have enough healthcare workers with the skills you and your residents need? How has COVID-19 impacted your ability to provide health care in your corner of the state? Starting Friday, April 9, please take 10 minutes to share your insights here

Your feedback is critical and confidential
Details you provide, including recruitment challenges, are confidential so you can share freely and securely. Don’t let your health workforce needs go unaddressed.

The Sentinel Network: Making a difference
Washington’s healthcare providers are able to quickly and regularly communicate their needs through the Sentinel Network’s simple, online questionnaire. Twice a year this information is collected and pushed out to key policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders.

Policymakers are paying attention
The Sentinel Network is funded by the Legislature, and it’s clear policy makers are paying attention to this tool. For example, information provided by you and your colleagues since the Sentinel Network launched in 2016 has helped healthcare training programs invest in promising workforce pathways. Sentinel Network information also helped the state craft regulatory changes to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. See what other Sentinels are saying at findings dashboard, policy briefs and COVID-19 findings pages.

Questions?
You may contact the Sentinel Network at: healthworkforce@wasentinelnetwork.org or (206) 543-9797.

Washington’s Sentinel Network is a collaboration of the state’s Workforce Board and the University of Washington’s Center for Health Workforce Studies and a program of Washington’s Health Workforce Council. Funding to initiate the Sentinel Network came from the Healthier Washington initiative, with ongoing support from Governor Inslee’s office and the Washington Legislature.
WEBINAR: FOLLOW-UP Q&A OSHA COVID-19 NATIONAL EMPHASIS PROGRAM
On Tuesday, April 13, from 10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT, join speaker Brad Hammock, Attorney at Law, Littler, for the webinar Follow Up Q&A: OSHA COVID-19 National Emphasis Program. Register here to attend. On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to ensure employees in high-hazard industries are protected from contracting COVID-19. OSHA will prioritize COVID-19-related inspections involving deaths or multiple hospitalizations due to occupational exposures to COVID-19. In addition, this NEP will focus on protecting workers from retaliation.

This webinar is a follow up to the March 30 webinar titled OSHA COVID-19 National Emphasis Program that reviewed the NEP and what it means for AHCA/NCAL members. Participants are encouraged to watch the March 30 webinar before the follow up webinar on April 13. Frequently asked questions will be answered and participants will have an opportunity to ask new questions.
FREE APRIL 20 WEBINAR HIGHLIGHTS PANDEMIC-RELATED REGULATORY RISKS FOR SNF PROVIDERS
HealthCap® and the American Health Care Association are hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 20, at 11:00 AM PDT highlighting the most significant regulatory and enforcement changes implemented by the federal authorities throughout the pandemic that impact skilled nursing facility providers. The one-hour session is titled As the World Recovers, Regulatory & Enforcement Environment.

Following this session, attendees will be better equipped to identify regulatory risk areas based on current government initiatives and, in turn, proactively implement processes aimed at reducing the pandemic-related risks skilled nursing providers will likely continue to sustain into the future.  

Speakers include Angie Szumlinski, director of HealthCap’s Risk Management Services, and John Hessburg and Andrea DeLand, attorneys with the Kitch Firm. They will emphasize the most significant regulatory changes and the consequences of those changes, which oftentimes are not readily apparent until after they are applied to a set of facts.

Pre-registration for this free webinar is required. This webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to attend on April 20. AHCA/NCAL has embraced HealthCap® for more than a decade as a premier provider of liability insurance that is solely dedicated to serving senior care communities. HealthCap® clients have the fewest liability claims in the industry, and HealthCap settles claims for approximately one-half the industry average. One of the reasons HealthCap gets such great results is its focus on quality care as the foundation of good risk management practices and HealthCap’s robust risk management resources.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
WHCA continues to post resources and information as it becomes available on our website. If you have questions or need additional information, please call the WHCA office at (800) 562-6170.