April 9, 2020
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. www.khca.org

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Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order No. 20-19 
Today, Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order 20-19 which will extend the licensing deadlines and continuing education requirements for 90 days following the end of the emergency order.   This extends across all state agencies. EO 20-19 will also waive any late fees or penalties associated with this order. We will prove you full details once it is released.
Please join us for a KHCA/KCAL Update from 11:00-11:30 AM on Friday, April 10, 2020
Topics of Conversation:
  • Clarification on Fire Marshal's message
  • 1135 Waiver update
  • Survey
  • Staffing
  • PPE Availability
  • Admissions
  • Governor’s Order 20-19 regarding professional licenses 

Dial in: 800-220-9875
Participant code: 08652779
Update on Personal Protective Equipment
Obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) continues to be a challenge for long term care providers in many parts of the country. FEMA is now playing a primary national role in determining how PPE is distributed across the country. State and local governments are also playing a role in the supply and distribution of PPE.
  
There are no quick fixes to the national PPE shortage. One coalition,  Project N95 , has formed to help link PPE suppliers with health care providers, including long term care, in need. More information on PPE availability, conservation, and what to do when you are running low are available  here .

AHCA/NCAL will keep members apprised of any developments with the PPE supply as those details become available.  
 

COVID-19 Testing Vendors for LTC 
On April 7, AHCA/NCAL provided a  summary  of the challenges LTC providers are facing in gaining access to COVID-19 testing. AHCA/NCAL has been seeking companies who can provide testing for LTC providers with reasonable turnaround times, and have put together a list of credible vendors  here . This list will be continuously updated as more vendors are found. If you know of any vendors that should be added to this list, please contact us at  COVID19@ahca.org .  

No-Interest COVID-19 Financial Support Available 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 Accelerated Payment Program is a streamlined version of existing policy that allows Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to issue no-interest short term loan payments in certain circumstances, including national emergencies. AHCA members and Independent Operator Council co-chairs Sarah Schumann and Mark Traylor, who submitted requests for and quickly received the accelerated payments, have the following recommendations for their peers: 

“We strongly recommend that SNF operators take full advantage of the CMS COVID-19 Accelerated Payment Program. It’s a simple 5-10-minute process to complete and submit the application for an interest-free loan to assure adequate cash-flow during these challenging times. Since it must be paid back later, we suggest setting this advance into a separate reserve account to use as an emergency fund.” 

Providers can learn more details in the AHCA Accelerated and Advanced Payments FAQ document  here
Friday, April 10, 2020 Call Invite
LeadingAge Kansas, Kansas Health Care Association and Kansas Adult Care Executives invites you to attend a call on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10 am with Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS-01), Charlotte Pineda, MPP, Senior Health Policy Advisor. They will be reviewing the various funding streams available to health care providers to assist in the pandemic crisis, and how to access them.   
LTC Provider Questionnaire on COVID-19 Surge Capacity
Purpose:  As the state prepares for a surge of COVID-19 cases in the coming days, the three long-term care associations are working together to find out about long term care providers plans, capacity and current practice.
Kansas Health Care Association and the Kansas Center for Assisted Living
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