To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: DPH Weekly Call Reminder; CMS COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls; Updated COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheets
Date: October 13, 2020
DPH Weekly Call Reminder
The next weekly call with providers is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 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 Care Site-Specific Calls
CMS hosts calls for certain types of organizations on an intermittent basis 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 next nursing home specific call is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14th at 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern. Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 1897041 Audio Webcast Link: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2622
SNF Quality Reporting Programs: COVID-19 Public Reporting — Revised
CMS has updated Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public reporting tip sheets for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), for the purpose of helping providers understand CMS’ public reporting strategy for the SNF QRP to account for CMS quality data submissions that were optional and excepted from public reporting due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The tip sheet outlines the CMS strategy for data exempted from public reporting and the impact the exempted data will have on the Nursing Home Compare website refresh. After the October 2020 refresh, CMS will hold the October 2020 data constant until Nursing Home Compare site refreshes in January 2022. Refreshes will then return to normal by the April 2022 refresh of the SNF Compare site.
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DOES YOUR RESPIRATORY PROTECTION PROGRAM MEET OSHA STANDARDS?
OCTOBER 27, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Please join us for a webinar on October 27, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm as Marvin Lewiton, Industrial Hygiene Supervisor, from the On-Site Consultation Program, MA Department of Labor Standards reviews the required components of a respiratory protection program including the use of respirators and OSHA fit-testing requirements.
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