KHCA/KCAL is committed to providing our members with important updates. Below is a list of the most recent COVID-19 updates. Please visit our website for a list of complete updates.

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Accelerated and Advance Payments FAQs - Version 1
Below is a version one of AHCA Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment FAQs to supplement the recent CMS Fact Sheet related to this topic. These FAQs are based on preliminary feedback from CMS to member submitted questions. The Agency will be releasing its own version in the coming days incorporating additional questions posed by members. AHCA/NCAL will update these FAQs as needed.

An Update on Alternative Training Paths for Staff
As we shared in  Update #26  from AHCA/NCAL, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a blanket waiver that includes an allowance for nursing centers to temporarily employ individuals who have completed alternative training paths, as long as they are competent to provide relevant nursing and nursing related services. 

AHCA/NCAL have been advocating for CMS to issue such a waiver to assist in addressing staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is now allowed on the federal level.  State approvals, such as state occupational licensing and state regulatory requirements, may also need to be granted This has been requested on a Kansas state level and has not yet been granted.

KHCA/KCAL will communicate to you ASAP once we receive information back from the 1135 that was submitted to Governor Kelly on March 30, 2020.

Memo on Eligibility Requirements for New SBA Loan Program Created by CARES Act
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136. Section 1102 of the CARES Act creates a “paycheck protection program” by which small business concerns and certain other employers can obtain loans through a new program administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The eligibility requirements for the new loan program are outlined below. The application of those eligibility requirements to skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and assisted living facilities (“AL”) will necessitate an examination of each organization’s unique facts and circumstances, particularly as it relates to application of the SBA’s
affiliation rules that are used to determine an organization’s size.

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