To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
RE: COVID-19 Update: AHCA Webinar Recording; CMS Posts New County COVID-19 Positive Test Rates; DPH and CMS Call Reminders
Date: September 8, 2020 – Evening Edition
AHCA/NCAL Webinar Recording Now Available!
Today's AHCA/NCAL member webinar on CMS’ COVID-19 Performance Payment Program is available to access now. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the webinar.
CMS Posts New County COVID-19 Positive Test Rates
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has posted a new excel file dated 9-8-20 that flags positive test rates in counties. Each county highlighted in green, yellow and red should be used to dictate your routine testing frequency of staff that is based on data from August 27 - September 2, 2020. Please use this new file in place of the prior file in setting your routine testing frequency. All Massachusetts counties continue to be at the green level this week.
Please note the following while reviewing the new file:
✅ Green counties must test staff 1 x per month
📒 Yellow counties must test 1 x per week
🚩Red counties must test 2 x per week
If your county increased in color, please change your testing frequency today. If your county decreased in color, you must continue to test at last week’s frequency until you have two county reports at a lower color.
DPH Weekly Call Reminder
The next weekly call with providers is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. These calls will 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. This call is intended for long-term care facilities caring for residents with COVID-19.
Phone Number: 888-390-5007
Participant Code: 6826729
CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home Call – September 9
CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows. The Nursing Home call is twice a month on Wednesday at 4:30 PM Eastern.
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820
Access Passcode: 5718509