To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara Gregorio, President
RE: COVID-19 Updates: Revised Notification Guidelines; Webinar Reminders; EOHHS Updated FAQs
Date: June 3, 2020
Revised Notification Guidelines
AHCA/NCAL has updated the COVID-19 Reporting and Notification Guidelines for Nursing Homes, according to the new regulations for notifying residents, representatives and families of COVID cases that went into effect on May 8, 2020. These guidelines supplement the information in this detailed summary According to CMS, you must report the total number of confirmed cases (residents/patients and staff) that have occurred in the building since May 8, 2020 (the effective date of the new reporting requirements) at the time of the notification. This number will only increase each time a new case is confirmed. CMS also clarified that after the initial report of a cluster of three or more residents/staff with new onset respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other, you must continue to report the cluster at least weekly or whenever a subsequent occurrence of a positive case or new cluster prompts a new required report by 5 p.m. the next day, until one or more individuals in the cluster is ruled out through a negative COVID test. Please read Reporting and Notification Guidelines for Nursing Homes for more details.
Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Important Workforce Webinar:
Solution to Frontline Staffing Shortages: Resident Care Assistants (RCAs)
Please join Mass Senior Care and senior state officials for a webinar on Thursday, June 4th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Solution to Frontline Staffing Shortages: Resident Care Assistants (RCAs). Nursing facilities were facing workforce shortages prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now more than ever members need innovative workforce solutions to provide additional staffing support in order to meet residents' needs. This webinar will highlight the newly recognized role of Resident Care Assistants (RCAs) which can support CNAs and nursing staff in skilled nursing facilities and create a training pipeline to critically needed CNAs. *This webinar will be recorded.*
- Jennifer James, Undersecretary, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
- Patricia Yu, Senior Director of Healthcare Workforce Policy, Executive Office of Health & Human Services
- Adam Berman, President & CEO, Legacy Lifecare
- Tara Gregorio, President, Massachusetts Senior Care Association
Register Now for Upcoming Webinar: Role of the PPE Coach
Description: This webinar will review the role of the PPE Coach and how to incorporate this role in process surveillance for proper PPE use. In addition, this program will outline the PPE coach’s daily responsibilities and will highlight the importance of the PPE coach in the ongoing training and education of staff.
Date: Friday, June 5
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Susan LaGrange, RN, BSN, NHA, CDONA™, FACDONA, CIMT, IP-BC™
Director of Education
Lisa Thomson, BA, LNHA, HSE, CIMT
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer
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EOHHS Posts Infection Control Audit FAQS
EOHHS has posted the responses to nursing facilities questions related to the Infection Control audits. These FAQs include all of the previously released questions distributed Mass Senior Care over the last few weeks.