To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: MassHealth Updates De-Densification Bulletin – Exceptional Circumstances; DPH Weekly Call Reminder; CMS COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls – Nursing Homes
Date: October 27, 2020
MassHealth Updates De-Densification Bulletin – Exceptional Circumstances
(New Attestation Form - Appendix B)
MassHealth today issued MassHealth Bulletin 154: Updated Room Density Reporting and Planning for Nursing Facilities, which clarifies the process that facilities should follow when they are attesting to ‘exceptional circumstances’ when they file the CHIA online reporting form and attestation. The updated Bulletin includes a new Appendix B Attestation Form for facilities filing for ‘exceptional circumstances’ in regard to de-densification. The Bulletin notes that a facility claiming exceptional circumstances must submit an attestation, but may choose to use the attestation form attached to Bulletin 154 as Appendix B. The filing deadline for facilities to file the initial report and attestation, via the CHIA online survey, is 11:59 p.m. on October 30, 2020.
DPH Weekly Call Reminder
The next weekly call with providers is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 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 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. Next Nursing Home call is scheduled for:
Wednesday, October 28th at 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 5587022
Audio Webcast Link: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2627