To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: Register Now for IC Competency Audit Webinar; Weekly Call Reminders; Deadline Extension for Provider Relief Funds; Clinical Audit Results Posted
Date: May 26, 2020
Register Now for Important Webinar: Identified Areas of Non-Compliance Massachusetts Nursing Home Infection Control Competency Checklist Audits
Join us on May 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm as we review the results of the first round of Massachusetts Nursing Home Infection Control Competency Audits and areas identified as requiring improvement. Included in this webinar will be tips and recommendations to achieve compliance on the core competency items as well as other as other areas on the Infection Control Competency Checklist.
Helen Magliozzi, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Mass Senior Care
Susan LaGrange, Director of Education, Pathway Health
Lisa Thomson, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Pathway Health
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, May 27, 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, May 20, 2020 at 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820
Access Passcode: 2672118
Audio Webcast Link: click here
Deadline Extension for Provider Relief Funds
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week announced a 45 day deadline extension for providers who are receiving payments from the Provider Relief Fund to accept the Terms and Conditions for Provider Relief Fund payments. This announcement means providers have now been granted 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or return the funds. Providers should have received emailed letters from DHHS on Friday evening, May 22nd.
Additional guidance to aid members with navigating the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund can be found in this AHCA/NCAL Provider Relief Fund General Guidance document. The link includes an Updated AHCA/NCAL CARES Act Provider Relief Fund FAQs.
EOHHS Posts Nursing Facilities Clinical Audit Results
On, April 27th the Commonwealth announced a COVID-19 Nursing Facility Accountability and Support Program. The program is predicated on clinical audits based on a 28-point Infection Control Checklist. Additional funding of up to $130 million is provided to improve the safety and infection control protocols for nursing home residents and staff. EOHHS has posted on its website the first round of results of the clinical audits through May 15th. Mass Senior Care continues to work with members to ensure compliance with the infection control protocols.