To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: CDC Announces New POC Laboratory Reporting Pathway; Register Now for ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Webinar on Coronavirus Testing; 1 Day Remaining to File Final Filing for the MassHealth COVID-19 Supplemental Payment; DPH Weekly Call Reminder
Date: September 29, 2020
CDC to Release New Point of Care Laboratory Reporting Pathway through NHSN
The CDC has recently announced a new Point of Care (POC) Laboratory Reporting Pathway through their National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) LTC COVID-19 Module. The new reporting pathway will be released on October 15, 2020. This will allow providers to meet the HHS requirement that all laboratories or other sites performing rapid point of care (POC) antigen tests under a CLIA certificate report the results to the appropriate state or local public health department. This will require an upgraded NHSN Secure Access Management Service (SAMS) from Level 1 to Level 3. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities can reach out to Dawn Hobill at Healthcentric Advisors (QIN/QIO) for assistance in upgrading their NHSN access or email email@example.com with the subject line “Enhancing Data Security” to begin upgrading their SAMS access.
ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network
webinar - Coronavirus Testing in Nursing Homes
Mass Senior Care Association is working with Hebrew SeniorLife and other partners in the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Safety Program to establish ECHO cohorts and to date more than 250 facilities have joined in this 16-week education forum that will focus on infection control and related topics. If you are interested in learning more or participating, please complete and return this participation form or contact Jennifer Chen, Director of Membership & Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, October 1, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM Eastern, the ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network will present a webinar on Coronavirus testing in nursing homes. The speakers will include Nimalie Stone MD, Medical Epidemiologist and Lead for COVID-19 response in LTC at the CDC and Richard Feifer MD, CMO of Genesis HealthCare and President of Genesis Physician Services. Following each brief presentation there will be a moderated Q&A. Registration is required and can be completed here.
REMINDER: 1 Day Remaining to File Final Filing for the MassHealth
COVID-19 Supplemental Payment – Deadline is September 30th
EOHHS has issued a reminder that the Final Filing for the Nursing Facility COVID-19 Supplemental Payment is due no later than September 30, 2020, to account for the manner in which the MassHealth COVID-19 Supplemental Initial Payment for the Up to 50% Program was spent, which provided up to $130 million. The form may be accessed at: http://www.uenter.org/nf. EOHHS will consider the entire amount of the Final Payment unspent if the facility fails to submit the final report timely and it will recoup all funds.
DPH Weekly Call Reminder
The next weekly call with providers is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 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