To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: Clarification – Update July Surveillance Testing “Pending” Results by Friday; Correction – No Need to Re-Submit in the RedCap Portal
Date: August 19, 2020
CLARIFICATION – Update JULY Surveillance Testing “Pending” Results by Friday - Required for EOHHS Payments
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is moving quickly to make supplemental payments for the Baseline and Surveillance testing program that commenced on July 1st. In order to receive payment, facilities need to ensure that they have successfully timely filed with CHIA their testing results for both the baseline and the surveillance period. To receive payments, facilities must update any ‘pending’ results. The deadline for updating the ‘pending’ results for the JULY baseline testing is this Friday, August 21st.
CORRECTION - New Link and Changes to REDCap Portal
Due to the ongoing technical difficulties, the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Chapter 93 portal will be moving as of Monday, August 17, 2020. The new portal can be accessed here: https://redcap.link/Chapter93.V3. With this new portal, facilities will no longer be required to sign in, but will instead select your facility name from a drop-down menu. Facilities will still be required to report every COVID-19 case and death among both residents and staff, as well as hospitalizations among residents with COVID-19. There is NO need to re-submit data that you previously submitted. An updated user guide has been released as well. DPH understands that persistent technical difficulties in the REDCap system have presented an obstacle to reporting data in a timely manner. These technical issues were largely due to the complex structure of the underlying database. To alleviate technical difficulties in the new portal, facilities will not be able to see submitted data. DPH plans to create a report that will be shared with facilities on a regular basis so that facilities can verify that submitted data is up to date and complete. If you encounter further issues or have questions about reporting data in the REDCap system, please address follow-up questions to: DPH.BHCSQ@MassMail.State.MA.US.