To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: Sign Up Now for the CDC Vaccine LTC Distribution Program; Weekly DPH Call Reminder; Register Now for HPPD Webinar
Date: October 20, 2020
Sign Up Now for the CDC Vaccine LTC Distribution Program
On Friday, October 16, the White House announced the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program—a national vaccine distribution program for long term care residents. Long term care facilities have until 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 29, 2020 to register with the CDC on how they want to receive and administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. We strongly encourage all long term care facilities to participate and register as soon as possible. This is critical to ensuring our vulnerable residents are among the first to receive a vaccine when it becomes available.
Nursing Homes - Sign in to NHSN
Assisted Living Communities and other congregate settings (ICF/IIDs, independent living, etc.) - Register through REDCap
DPH Weekly Call Reminder
The next weekly call with providers is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 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
Register Now for Important Webinar
Meeting the New HPPD Requirement: What Nursing Facilities Need to Know
October 30, 2020
Please join Mass Senior Care for a webinar on Friday, October 30th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Meeting the New HPPD Requirement: What Nursing Facilities Need to Know. As part of the Baker Administration and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently released Nursing Facility Accountability and Supports Package 2.0, nursing facilities will have to meet minimum Hours Per Patient Per Day (HPPD) requirement beginning this winter. This webinar will provide nursing facilities with information about the HPPD requirement, reporting, and also best practices for hiring and onboarding Resident Care Assistants (RCAs) who can help support CNAs and nursing staff in skilled nursing facilities and create a training pipeline to critically needed direct care workforce. You will hear about statewide efforts to expand the long term care direct care workforce.
- Jennifer James, Undersecretary, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
- Tara Gregorio, President, Massachusetts Senior Care Association
- Long Term Care Providers *To Be Announced*
Click here to register.