Today the DPH released updates to Caring for LTC Residents During the COVID-19 Response and LTC Surveillance Testing guidance, DPH has also provided updated guidance on COVID-19 Personnel Vaccination Requirement in nursing homes specifically related to facility vaccination documentation requirements and clinical considerations for unvaccinated staff, Strengthening Long Term Care Workforce Development Partnerships webinar, and MSCA-MedPro international nurse recruitment partnership.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is inviting healthcare facilities to participate in a webinar series conducted by CDC due to the concerning increase in C. auris cases and other multi drug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in the state, and across the country. The first webinar in the series is scheduled for Monday, September 27, 2021, from 12:00 pm -1:30 pm.
Effective October 1, 2021, MassHealth will require that nursing facilities complete the additional fields found in sections GG, I, and J of the MDS that are associated with Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) classification for all MassHealth members residing in a nursing facility. These PDPM
This webinar, offered by the Massachusetts Senior Care Association and the Mass Workforce Association, will support long term care facilities with developing partnerships with local MassHire Career Centers, and Workforce Boards to help meet facilities’ workforce needs and provide job opportunities for unemployed individuals.
Massachusetts Senior Care Association is calling on state lawmakers to allocate a portion of the state’s surplus tax collections and funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support nursing facility residents, their families and caregivers through a Nursing Facility Recovery and Sustainability Proposal. Citing the worst staffing crisis in history and the COVID-19 pandemic which have devastated the financial stability of the nursing facility sector and led to disruptions in access to care for vulnerable seniors, Mass Senior Care’s Recovery and Sustainability proposal calls for $559 million in vital nursing facility investments in resident care, workforce and modernizing nursing facilities to create more homelike settings of care.
The Massachusetts Senior Care Association and the Mass Workforce Association webinar will support long term care facilities with developing partnerships with local MassHire Career Centers, and Workforce Boards to help meet facilities’ workforce needs and provide job opportunities for unemployed individuals, CMS launches new Medicare.gov tool to compare nursing home vaccination rates, AHCA has posted on its website a pre-recorded webinar which discusses the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting guidance, and EOHHS issues 2022 user fee update, effective July 2021.
Beginning today, September 20, 2021, all healthcare regions of the state will be designated as Tier 3, Long-Term Care Booster Vaccination Updates, and the next DPH monthly call is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
Mass Senior Care Association is pleased to announce a new exclusive benefit designed to assist member nursing facilities with one of the most significant workforce challenges facing the sector - the recruitment and retention of registered nurses. Under the leadership of a subcommittee of the Mass Senior Care Board of Directors, the Association conducted a rigorous and comprehensive vetting process and has selected MedPro International as its international nurse staffing vendor.
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs has filed ALR emergency regulations regarding the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all Assisted Living Residence personnel, and AHCA has provided an update on the Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund – the portal opens on September 29th.
Effective October 1, 2021, MassHealth will require that nursing facilities complete the additional fields found in sections GG, I, and J of the MDS that are associated with Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) classification for all MassHealth members residing in a nursing facility.
Massachusetts is leading the nation in vaccinations - especially when it comes to protecting our older adults. CDC data shows that over 99% of all Massachusetts residents age 65 and older have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Strengthening Long Term Care Workforce Development Partnerships Wednesday, September 29, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Register for the Webinar - This program is for Mass Senior Care facility members, MassHire system and Career Center staff only. Registration is FREE. This webinar, offered by the Massachusetts Senior Care Association and the Mass Workforce Association, will support long term care facilities with developing partnerships with local MassHire Career Centers, and Workforce Boards to help meet facilities’ workforce needs and provide job
Mass Senior Care is pleased to welcome new members to our Association. Our Associate Members have demonstrated their commitment to the senior care provider community by joining Mass Senior Care and participating as exhibitors and sponsors for events and educational conferences. Mass Senior Care members are encouraged to contact Associate Members when they are in need of long term care products and services. You can find all of our Associate Members listed on our website, www.maseniorcare.org/preferred-vendors. Associate Members: Convergint Technologies
The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS), Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, and her leadership team are hosting a National Stakeholder Call to discuss key updates from her first 100 days in office.
The 2022 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program intent to apply is now open! AHCA/NCAL encourages applicants who plan to apply for a Quality Award to submit an intent to apply by logging into the Quality Award Portal before the deadline on November 11, 2021. Applying for a National Quality Award provides a framework that can be used to prepare for and make critical improvements and serves as a team building activity to engage staff across all levels.
The Biden-Harris Administration today announced that it will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect both patients and staff. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indicated that emergency regulations requiring vaccinations for nursing home workers will be expanded to include hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies, among others, as a condition for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The Commonwealth’s nursing facility providers are making significant progress in vaccinating staff and residents against the COVID-19 virus. Massachusetts ranks 4th in the Nation with 79.6% of nursing facility staff fully vaccinated and 12th in the Nation with 90.1% of nursing facility residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Weekly data from National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Nursing Home COVID-19 Vaccination Data Dashboard show Massachusetts consistently leads the Nation in vaccination rates.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) announced that this week the Committee will begin consideration of the Build Back Better Act legislative proposals under the budget reconciliation instructions. On September 9th and 10th, the Committee will mark up measures including nursing home resident protection, universal paid family and medical leave, access to child care and strengthening retirement savings. Learn more.
Yesterday on the DPH Provider call, Stephen Davis, Deputy Director and Acting Interim Director announced that Prometric LLC has been selected as the vendor to provide CNA certification testing in Massachusetts.
The DPH next monthly call is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. These calls will continue to include members of DPH’s Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, and Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. Learn more.
The DPH has released information on implementing a streamlined oversight process for nursing home residents to safely receive hemodialysis in their nursing home. Dialysis facilities and nursing homes can partner to create dialysis spaces within the nursing home. In order to provide dialysis in this manner, the nursing home and dialysis facility must request approval for home dialysis in the nursing home as a special project and demonstrate in their application how they will meet space, staffing, and quality monitoring requirements. Learn more.
The 2021 National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will be observed on September 12-18, 2021 and this year’s theme is “Compassion, Community, Caring". National Assisted Living Week provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
The 2021 National Assisted Living Week (NALW) is coming up soon! To celebrate, ahcancalED is holding a sale September 8-19 on groundbreaking assisted living educational trainings. This sale features 20 percent off select ahcancalED trainings of interest to assisted living providers when you use promo code ALWEEK when registering.
Most nursing home residents will experience the end of their life in the care of nursing home staff, often with the help of a hospice team. Discussions about end-of-life wishes are best to have early on in the person’s admission to the nursing home, before there is a change in condition, so that residents, families, and staff are prepared and unnecessary hospital admissions are avoided.
The Baker-Polito Administration announced plans yesterday to require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff at rest homes, assisted living residences (ALRs), hospice programs, as well as for home care workers (HCWs) providing in-home, direct care services. The plan to expand the vaccine requirement for caregivers is subject to Public Health Council (PHC) approval and is part of the Administration’s continued effort to protect older adults against COVID-19. Last month, the Administration announced a vaccine requirement for employees of skilled nursing facilities.
Discussions on vaccine mandate and exemptions, the Federal COVID-19 Response Team changes in the authorized use of bamlanivimab and etesevimab administered together under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) 094, and reminder to urge Governor Baker to require ALL healthcare and eldercare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Members are updated on temporary nursing licenses and reciprocity, Mass Senior Care comments filed with OSHA in regard to the agency’s COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), published in the Federal Register on June 21, 2021, and asked to join Mass Senior Care in urging Governor Baker to require ALL healthcare and eldercare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Commissioner of Public Health issued an Order authorizing the issuance of temporary licenses for certain providers, and renewal or reactivation of certain temporary licenses, the FDA released a letter yesterday alerting health care providers to stop using certain N95 respirators manufactured by one specific company, and Mass Senior Care asks members to join us in urging Governor Baker to require ALL healthcare and eldercare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mass Senior Care asks members to join us in urging Governor Baker to require ALL healthcare and eldercare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Last week, The Boston Globe editorial called for Governor Baker to immediately implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers in the state. Take action today!
MassHealth has issued an email notice today noting that MassHealth Members in a long-term care facility such as a nursing facility, chronic-disease or rehabilitation hospital, or intermediate-care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or admitted to a hospital from such facility or hospital, remain excluded from MassHealth copays.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a letter yesterday alerting health care providers to stop using certain N95 respirators manufactured by one specific company, Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacturing Co.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is sharing the announcement for the upcoming free, virtual X-waiver training for long-term care facility (LTCF) medical director(s) and other prescribers who treat residents at your facility. The training is necessary to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) in 30 or more residents. For those who treat fewer than 30 residents, the training is highly recommended, nonetheless.
The September 30th Provider Relief Fund (PRF) deadline for the first reporting period is quickly approaching. The PRF Reporting Portal opened on July 1, 2021, for providers who need to report the use of PRF payments in Reporting Period 1. HRSA notes in a recent reporting reminder and new resources announcement, please click to learn more.
Reminder the September 30th Provider Relief Fund (PRF) deadline for the first reporting period is quickly approaching, and Mass Senior Care is asking members to join us in urging Governor Baker to require ALL healthcare and eldercare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mass Senior Care asks members to urge Governor Baker to require ALL healthcare and eldercare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a MassHealth reminder about MassHealth copayments, and nursing homes are invited to attend a National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call hosted by CMS and the CDC on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 4:00pm-4:45pm ET.
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, and nursing homes are invited to attend a National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call hosted by CMS and the CDC on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 4:00pm-4:45pm ET.
DPH released guidance on COVID-19 additional dose vaccination for immunocompromised residents. Pursuant to the CDC guidance, it is recommended that long-term care residents with moderate to severe immune compromise receive a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, and on Tuesday, August 24th, Mass Senior Care is hosting a webinar, Ask the Experts: Legal Update on the Massachusetts Nursing Home Staff Vaccination Mandate.
With the recent announcements from Governor Baker and CMS regarding mandating nursing facility employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Massachusetts Senior Care Association has long supported and continues to advocate for a statewide vaccine mandate for all health care workers.
Governor Baker today issued an executive order requiring all state employees under his authority to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 17. Mass Senior Care has confirmed this requirement includes nursing facility state surveyors.