COVID-19 UPDATE #26
April 29, 2020
CDC WEBINAR TRAININGS FOR COVID-19 MODULE: NEW MANDATORY REPORTING FOR SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES
CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network has announced two upcoming webinar trainings for the new LTCF COVID-19 Module , which is expected to be a new requirement by CMS for skilled nursing facilities. The final rule from CMS on this requirement is still pending. However, CDC is making the module available to nursing homes now. 
The training webinars will be recorded and posted to the LTCF COVID-19 Module webpage with a PDF of the slide presentation.
 
Topic One: COVID-19 Module Overview for Long Term Care Facilities
Thursday, April 30 | 10:30 – 12:00 noon PST
 
Topic Two: COVID-19 Enrollment Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities
Friday, May 1 | 10:30 – 12:00 noon PST
 
Learn how to join these webinars on the CDC website . If you have questions, please email CDC at nhsn@cdc.gov and include LTCF COVID-19 in the subject line.
DEAR ADMINISTRATOR LETTER ADDRESSES ASSISTED LIVING ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING RULES
In its April 27, 2020, Dear Administrator letter to assisted living providers , the Department announced emergency rules effective April 23, 2020, to suspend requirements related to administrator training certificates in WACs 388-78A-2524(1), -2525(1), and -2526(1). These rules are suspended in response to the significant threat of COVID-19 to our most vulnerable populations.
PREPARING FOR FUTURE SURVEYS: DOCUMENT YOUR CALLS FOR HELP
As noted in previous COVID-19 AHCA/NCAL updates, the association has developed brief guidance for facilities facing personal protective equipment and staffing shortages, as well as other challenges in receiving assistance. Most long term care providers do not have access to the adequate supplies or staff to provide the level of care needed to contain the virus. Documenting requests for assistance is a critical part of managing of the long term consequences of the lack of supplies and testing – and preparing for future surveys.

Unfortunately, also due to this crisis, many long term care providers are unable to get fulfilled requests for help made to regular contacts (e.g., suppliers, morgues, staffing agencies, etc.) and through traditional communication channels. Long term care providers need to regularly call for help and need to document these calls were made. Continue to reach out to these entities:
 
Be sure to check out the AHCA/NCAL guidance , which also has information on how to properly document calls for help and the importance of requesting a facility level waiver.
CDC UPDATES COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their list of COVID-19 symptoms . The symptoms now include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell.
 
With the addition of these symptom, AHCA/NCAL has updated the relevant resources including the screening checklist for essential personnel and visitors, as well as the sample daily log for personnel . If you created screening tools, you should update to include the additional symptoms.
CDC LAUNCHES LTC FRONTLINE STAFF TRAINING WEBINARS
CDC has developed resources for frontline staff in long term care facilities. These short webinars are all published on the Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities webpage 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 has also listed three “Additional Resources” to this page, which have been updated previously. 

Here are the direct links to each webinar:
 
The new additional resources are:
FEMA SHIPPING SNFs A SUPPLY OF PPE IN EARLY MAY AND AGAIN IN JUNE
The White House Coronavirus Task Force announced yesterday that FEMA will be shipping to every nursing home in the United States a supply of PPE (surgical masks, gowns, face shields and gloves) in early May and again in early June. As we learn more about the arrival dates and amounts, we will let you know.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO HOST Q&A FOR LTC PROVIDERS ON APRIL 30
On Thursday, April 30, the Department of Health will host a webinar at 11:00 a.m. The purpose of the webinar is to update long term care providers on the actions they have taken in response to COVID-19 and to answer questions. If you wish to join the webinar, advanced registration is required.
CMS COVID-19 ENGAGEMENT CALLS FOR WEEK OF
APRIL 27
CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to healthcare providers and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Below is a list of upcoming calls. All calls are recorded, and recordings are posted here.

Conference lines are limited, so it is highly recommended that you join via audio webcast on any device.

Wednesday, April 29 | 1:30 PM EST | Nursing Homes
Dial (833) 614-0820 | Passcode 4680237 | Audio Webcast Link

Wednesday, April 29 | 2:30 PM EST | Dialysis Organizations
Dial (833) 614-0820 | Passcode 6965645 | Audio Webcast Link

Thursday, April 29 | 1:300 PM EST | Nurses
Dial (833) 614-0820 | Passcode 4268398 | Audio Webcast Link

Friday, May 1 | 9:30 AM PST | Lessons from the Front Lines
Dial (877-251-0301 | Passcode 9545128 | Audio Webcast Link
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.