To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
RE: COVID-19 Updates - Testing Partners; CHIA Testing Submission Due Today; Administrator CEU Requirement Waived; Business Compliance Webpage
Date: July 20, 2020
Testing Partners – New Option Through ProEMS/The Broad Institute
Nursing facilities and long term care facilities may partner or contract with hospitals, community health centers, ambulance/emergency medical services providers, clinical laboratories, or other entities able to provide COVID-19 testing services. In an effort to support members with surveillance staff testing, Mass Senior Care has established a list of testing providers that we will con tinue to update:
- NEW Pro EMS Solutions and The Broad Institute – Mass Senior Care has worked with Pro EMS Solutions and The Broad Institute to establish a program for long term care providers to access kits, processing and results. Mass Senior Care members can access in-house collection for $60/test, see more information at http://proemssolutions.com/covid-19-testing/.
- Concentric by Ginkgo – A saliva-based testing service - including kits, shipping logistics, processing, results, and the option for on-site coordination. Mass Senior Care is working to establish this program; for more information, please see https://www.concentricbyginkgo.com/.
- Transformative – A collaborative of EMS providers have come together to provide baseline mobile testing to nursing facilities. Facilities can access the service via www.fallonambulance.com/covidtesting.
COVID-19 Baseline and Surveillance Testing Data Submission Due Today, July 20th
Nursing facilities and rest homes must report its baseline and surveillance testing data via the submission tool located here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5678159/covid-nf-surveillance . The filing is due today, July 20th.
CHIA has shared their PowerPoint presentation from its July 16th webinar for long term care providers. Additional information about the baseline and surveillance testing requirements can be found here:
- DPH Long Term Care Surveillance Testing Guidance
- FAQ: Surveillance Testing in Long Term Care Facilities
- Nursing Facility Bulletin 148: COVID-19 Baseline and Surveillance Testing Requirements for Nursing Facilities
CEU Requirement Waived by Bd. of Registration of NH Administrators
During its June 19, 2020 regularly scheduled meeting, the members of the Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators voted to waive the Continuing Education Requirement for its licensees for the 2019-2020 license renewal period. The Board took this action in recognition of the fact that the COVID-19 virus has had a tremendously severe and ongoing impact on nursing home residents and the Nursing Home Administrators who care for them. Click here for a copy of the Advisory.
Governor Baker Launches COVID-19 Business Compliance Webpage
Governor Baker has announced the launch of a new webpage for residents to report businesses they believe are not complying with the state’s health and safety guidelines for re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webpage lists telephone and email options for reporting compliance issues including the local board of health and the Department of Labor Standards.
Nursing homes continue to adhere to stringent federal and state regulations and standards during the pandemic.