To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
RE: COVID-19 Updates: Direct Care Add On Webform Now Available; Cases Above Average in Most MA Communities Targeted for Testing; Google Chrome Recommended for Red Cap Reporting
Date: July 17, 2020
Direct Care Add On Webform is Now Available – Due Date is Friday, July 31, 2020
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) today informed nursing home registered users that the FY20 MassHealth Direct Care Webform is now operational. The URL is https://www.uenter.org/nf/. The due date for submission is Friday, July 31, 2020.
If you have difficulty logging in to your account or have other questions, please email NFReporting@umassmed.edu. EOHHS has also asked Mass Senior Care to remind facilities that they should contact UMass at NFReporting@umassmed.edu ASAP if your registered user did not receive the email from the agency. It is possible some providers may have not received the email because the NF contact information that UMass has on file is outdated. The facility will need to update the registered user with the agency to access the webform.
Cases Above Average In Most Mass. Communities Targeted For Testing
The COVID-19 positive test rate remains above the state average in three-quarters of the eight hard-hit communities, according to weekly state data published Wednesday. The percent of tests to return positive over the past two weeks was 1.91% across Massachusetts, but roughly 3% or higher in Lynn, Lawrence, Chelsea, Lowell, New Bedford and Fall River. Two of those cities surpassed a 6% rate, with Lawrence at 6.32% and Fall River at 6.25%, according to Department of Public Health figures. The other two cities included in the administration's free testing "Stop the Spread" program, Everett and Marlborough, had positive rates of 1.86% and 1.75%, respectively, over the past 14 days.
Source: State House News Service/WBUR
Red Cap Reporting – Google Chrome Browser Recommended
Mass Senior Care has heard from several members regarding technical issues with the Red Cap reporting at https://redcap.link/Chapter93ElderFacilities. The reporting site works on the internet browser, Google Chrome, but may have difficulties loading in other internet browsers. Mass Senior Care has made MA DPH aware of this issue.
On July 7th, DPH issued a memorandum and User Guide that provide instructions for how nursing homes, rest homes, and assisted living residences are to report daily to DPH the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths among residents and staff, in order to comply with the COVID-19 reporting requirements in Chapter 93 of the Acts of 2020. The newly enacted statute requires that DPH collect demographic information about each case and death, including:
- Primary city/town of residence
- Primary language