COVID-19 UPDATE #38
June 1, 2020
LEGISLATURE APPROVES WAIVER EXTENSION IN LTC
On Friday evening, the four leaders of the Washington Legislature agreed to extend current long term care-related rule waivers until June 17, 2020. The prohibitions on visitors are continued under the extension, as are staff training and certification waivers, among other critical issues related to delivery of care and services during this pandemic.

The leaders of the legislative “four corners” (each of the four legislative caucuses) must unanimously agree to the extensions. Not all requested proclamations were extended. House Republican leader JT Wilcox did not support extension of Proclamation 20-42.2, related to Department of Licensing activities. This proclamation does not have a direct impact on LTC services or waivers.

Click here for the four corners letter. Click here for the WHCA tracker that details currently waived laws and regulations. We continue to work with the Governor’s Office, legislative leaders and DSHS related to long term care waivers.
WA-PALTC TO HOST WEBINAR ON MASS TESTING IN SNFs
The Washington Society of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Professionals (WA-PALTC) asked for comprehensive testing for COVID-19 to combat the pandemic and protect residents and staff. Now, the state of Washington has issued an order for all skilled nursing facilities to complete testing of staff and residents by June 12, 2020. Join the conversation via a webinar to be hosted Wednesday, June 3, at 6:00 PM. Hear from experts on how to formulate the most effective strategy to accomplish this testing and make use of the resources provided by this order. Most importantly, how will we utilize the testing results to keep our residents and staff safe? Register here .
DOH TO HOST WEBINAR FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
The Department of Health (DOH) will host its weekly webinar on Thursday, June 4, at 11:00 AM. This weekly call is designed for healthcare providers enabling them access to DOH officials and experts so they can get answers to questions and additional information to help them respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Register in advance , and once you register, you can save the link to join each week as an appointment on your calendar so you will not need to search for the link each week. The password will be provided upon registration. 
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.