To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
RE: COVID-19 Updates: PPE Webinar for Ancillary Staff; Interim Financial Report Reminder; Weekly Call Reminders
Date: June 15, 2020
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use for Ancillary Staff and Cleaning and Disinfection
The Mass Senior Care Long Term Care Command Center continues to provide infection control assistance to nursing facilities and has developed a recorded webinar, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use for Ancillary Staff and Cleaning and Disinfection. This webinar is designed to educate non-clinical staff on the importance of PPE Use and the cleaning and disinfecting process within facilities. To access the webinar click here, please use webinar access password: MAppe61220!
REMINDER: Interim Financial Report – Facilities Need to Designate Individual(s) Who Will Be Filing Report – Registration Required by June 19th
(NOTE: CORRECT UMASS EMAIL ADDRESS)
Please note that the UMASS email address to register to file the Initial Financial Report due June 30th is NFReporting@umassmed.edu. The original email address that UMASS sent to us contained a typographical error. We are also updating the original article we sent to members below with the correct address. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused members.
Nursing facilities are required to file an Interim Financial Report by June 30th with EOHHS to account for the manner in which the MassHealth COVID-19 Supplemental Initial Payment for the Up to 50% Program was spent. This program will provide up to $130 million in supplemental funding distributed via four payments. Mass Senior Care has been working with EOHHS in regard to the specific rules that will be in place for facilities to file documentation on the Interim Financial Report Form. EOHHS plans to issue the Accounting Form Template and accompanying FAQ once finalized. In order to streamline and expedite this Interim Financial Reporting, EOHHS will be using the Direct Care Add-on Reporting Portal operated by UMass Medical School (UMASS). At this time, EOHHS is requesting that facilities identify the person or persons who will be filing the interim financial plan for your facility or facilities.
Please complete this form and return to UMASS at NFReporting@umassmed.edu by no later than Friday, June 19, 2020 to register. Once EOHHS finalizes the Interim Financial Form, registered users will be given access to the filing website.
Also note that facilities may use this form to register for the direct care add-on submissions.
Please contact NFReporting@umassmed.edu if you have further questions in regard to registering for filing the Interim Financial Report.
Note that filing the Interim Report timely by June 30th is critical. EOHHS will consider the entire amount of the Initial Payment unspent if the facility fails to submit the interim report timely and it will recoup all funds.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Weekly Call
for Nursing Homes and Rest Homes
The next DPH conference call for nursing homes and rest homes is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM. This call 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.
Phone Number: 888-390-5007
Participant Code: 3479679
CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Call
CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820
Access Passcode: 2672118
Audio Webcast Link: click here