To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: Updated Guidance for Caring for COVID-19 Recovered Residents; Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan; Register Now for Important Workforce Webinar
Date: October 19, 2020
DPH Issues Updated Guidance for Caring for COVID-19 Recovered Residents
The Department of Public Health has issued updated guidance via a memorandum for all COVID-19 recovered individuals in long-term care facilities and non-acute care hospitals who test positive again more than three months after their original symptom onset or original positive test.
If a recovered individual develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and an alternative diagnosis is not present, then testing for SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, should be considered. Please review the helpful references as well as the tables on pages 2-3 of the memo for additional support.
DPH Files With Federal Government Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan
The Department of Public Health (DPH) has drafted and filed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an Interim COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Because the first doses of the vaccine are likely to be targeted to healthcare personnel in contact with COVID-19 patients, DPH is prioritizing hospitals, long term care facilities, including skilled nursing facilities (SNF), emergency medical services (EMS), and other health care providers for recruitment and enrollment in the vaccine program. DPH anticipates prioritizing the following populations:
- Healthcare personnel likely to be exposed to or treat people with COVID-19
- People at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including those with underlying medical conditions and people 65 years of age and older
- Other essential workers.
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 offer best practices for hiring and onboard the Resident Care Assistants (RCAs) which can support CNAs and nursing staff in skilled nursing facilities and create a training pipeline to critically needed CNAs. 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*
Please click here to register.