To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: De-Densification Summary and Timeline; DPH Flu Resources; Weekly Public Health Report Moves to Thursday Release; Infection Control Resource Toolkit
Date: October 22, 2020
De-Densification Summary and Timeline for (1) MassHealth Room Density Reporting and
(2) DPH Proposed NF Licensure Changes
EOHHS’ Accountability and Supports 2.0 rate reform and policy package, which is investing up to $145 million for quality nursing home care, includes two de-densification components: (1) Proposed change in DPH’s Nursing Facility licensure regulations that would (a) eliminate the 3rd and 4th bed in multi-bed rooms and (b) revise minimum square footage requirements to allow for proper physical distancing in 2-bed rooms and (2) MassHealth Nursing Facility Bulletin 151 and 153 (extends deadline to October 30th) on Room Density Reporting and Planning. Please see this high-level summary for the two programs.
DPH List of References and Resources for Flu Campaign
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has developed a list of references and resources for healthcare providers to support the development of influenza campaigns and to guide providers in identifying best practices for increasing Health Care Personnel (HCP) vaccination rates. Please note: Osco, CVS and Walgreen pharmacies are available to provide on-site flu clinics in nursing facilities and contact information is available on the DPH list of references and resources.
Weekly Public Health Report with City/Town Risk Map
Moves to Thursday Release
Effective 10/22 the DPH Weekly Public Health Report will be released on Thursdays (previously released on Wednesday). The weekly report will now identify if a municipality’s positive cases have been significantly impacted by a clearly identified cluster in a long-term care facility, higher education institution or correctional facility. Specifically, the municipality’s risk level color will be identified with an asterisk if one of these identified institutions has more than 10 cases and results in 30% of their total cases over the past 14 days. Adding this identification acknowledges the impact of a particular institution or facility on the community’s case count and provides valuable information for residents and municipal leaders to consider when implementing policies in their community.
Infection Control Resources for Mass. Long Term Care Facilities
Mass Senior Care has developed an Infection Control Resource Toolkit for Massachusetts Long-Term Care Facilities. The toolkit addresses resources for general infection control guidelines, infection control education, clinical care and cohorting of residents with COVID-19 Residents, PPE, environmental cleaning, workforce and staffing and sustaining improvement. The toolkit can be found on the Mass Senior Care website and will be updated as new resources become available. A special thanks to Laurie Herndon from Hebrew SeniorLife & Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo from Premier Inc. for their contributions to this resource toolkit.