Mass Senior Care hosted a webinar, Federal Funding Assistance for COVID-19 Response and Recovery, on April 27, 2020. Featuring experts from Hagerty Consulting, this webinar will review the federal funding opportunities for disaster relief programs. Federal funding programs may provide an opportunity for some organizations to better respond to and recover from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but they are complex and often lack clarity. Proactive, strategic, and expert management of eligible activities, costs, and documentation requirements may help promote successful
Massachusetts Senior Care Association has partnered with MIT’s COVID-19 Policy Alliance to stand up a Long Term Care Coordinating Center to assist member facilities during this crisis. Mass Senior Care staff have been working closely with MIT’s COVID-19 Policy Alliance – a team of MIT Sloan School of Management faculty and experts, led by Professors Kate Kellogg, Simon Johnson and Retsef Levi.
Maximizing the use of technology has been critical to keeping long term care residents and staff educated about COVID-19 and connected to their loved ones and communities. Mass Senior Care Association is pleased to share its online video library and we encourage you to view and share the videos described below.
Mass Senior Care will be offering a complimentary webinar, "Federal Funding Assistance for COVID-19 Response and Recovery" on Monday, April 27th from 4:00-5:00 pm. Featuring experts from Hagerty Consulting, this webinar will review the federal funding opportunities for disaster relief programs.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launched a new website, www.FrontlineMA.org to provide health care workers and first responders in Massachusetts with key resources. The website in collaboration with HubSpot and IDEO, is in response to the urgent need for centralized information for frontline workers including safe housing, hotels, self-care, and emergency child care services.
Last week, Barry and Mary Giller of Milford, MA, a husband and wife duo, were the first patients discharged from Beaumont Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center in Worcester after fully recovering from COVID-19.
Food = Gratitude Project, a campaign initiated by the Massachusetts Health Council, brings meals to staff working in long term care facilities, community health centers and YMCA child care centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Food=Gratitude Project delivered meals to The Boston Home in Dorchester and next week will be partnering with Christopher House in Worcester.
In this memo we are providing you with updates on: Additional Provider Relief Funds Distributed; Command Center Halts Self-Test Kits for Nursing Homes, Rest Homes and Assisted Living Residences; Update on Pending Requirement for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Reporting; Updated: Steps to Limit COVID-19 Spread and Outbreaks in Long Term Care; and Resource for Staff to Embrace Social Distancing
In this memo we are providing you with updates on: MassHealth Monthly Supplemental Payment; Reminders: Weekly DPH and CMS Calls; Complimentary Webinar: Federal Funding Assistance for COVID-19 Response and Recovery; and Update on National Skilled Nursing Care Week
On Monday, April 20th, Mass Senior Care hosted "Crisis Communications for LTC Providers During COVID-19" webinar for Mass Senior Care provider members. Handouts include Crisis Communications Tips for Members; Sample Press Statement.
In this memo we are providing you with updates on: CMS Issues New Recommendations for Guidelines For Opening Up America Again; Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 or PUI Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes; Commonwealth Magazine Media Coverage; Nebulizing Guidance
In this memo we are providing you with updates on: Boston Globe Op-Ed Calls for Immediate Action to Protect Nursing Facility Staff and Residents; CDC Updated Criteria for Return to Work; Governor Baker Signs Into Law Liability Protections for Health Care Workers and Facilities; Mass Senior Care Offers Crisis Communications Webinar – April 20th
In this memo we are providing you with updates on: Governor Baker Announces Crisis Management Help for Long Term Care Facilities Updates to Provider Relief Fund Website Long-Term Care Staffing Portal Offers $1,000 Sign on Bonus Mass Senior Care and MIT Partner to Support Nursing Facility Residents, Families and Staff Recommendations to Facilitate the Transfer of Deceased Residents from Nursing Homes Recommendations for When a Resident Wants to Leave the Building Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) practices in Assisted Living Facilities
“Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my mom!” “The staff at my dad’s facility are the best!” These testimonials are just two of the sentiments expressed in the many hundreds of letters, cards, signs, gifts and social media posts family members have shared to let staff know just how much they value the extraordinary care they are providing to their loved ones during this most challenging public health crisis. We continue to be awed by the selfless acts of kindness and compassion, not to mention personal sacrifices, staff perform every day in an effort to keep residents safe, healthy and connected to their loved ones.
To address staffing challenges in nursing facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth last week stood up a Long-Term Care Staffing Portal. Today, the Command Center announced a $1,000 signing bonus to all individuals that register through the LTC Staffing Portal to work for a certain amount of time in a nursing home.
The Joint Committee on Elder Affairs held a virtual hearing today to hear testimony on House Bill 4635, An Act Relative to Long Term Care Facility and Elder Housing COVID-19 Reporting. Mass Senior Care provided written testimony supporting the legislation. The legislation filed by Elder Affairs House Chairwoman Ruth Balser would require nursing facilities, assisted living residences, rest homes and elder housing to report to local department of health or to DPH the number of known COVID-19 positive cases and mortalities in the facility.
Massachusetts Senior Care Association has partnered with MIT’s COVID-19 Policy Alliance to stand up a Long Term Care Coordinating Center to assist member facilities during this crisis. Mass Senior Care staff have been working closely with MIT’s COVID-19 Policy Alliance – a team of MIT Sloan School of Management faculty and experts, led by Professors Kate Kellogg, Simon Johnson and Retsef Levi. The goal of the LTC Coordinating Center is to provide Mass Senior Care and our members with additional resources and data analytics to combat the spread of COVID-19.
This call series is an opportunity to hear physicians and other clinical leaders share their experiences, best practices, strategies, and insights related to COVID-19. Lessons from The Front Lines calls are held weekly on Fridays at 12:30 PM.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its updated list which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in March 2020.
Yesterday, EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders responded in a letter to MSCA’s urgent request for assistance, outlining the steps the Administration has taken to date to support nursing homes during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Memorandum To: Mass Senior Care Members From: Tara Gregorio, President Re: COVID-19 Updates: EOHHS Responds to MSCA Urgent Request for Assistance; Enhanced MassHealth Financing; Long Term Care Staffing Portal; Report Detailing Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by City/Town Date: April 16, 2020 EOHHS Responds to MSCA Urgent Request for Assistance: Outlines Steps to Date to Support Nursing Facilities Today, EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders responded in a letter to MSCA’s urgent request for assistance, outlining the steps the Administration has taken to date
In this memo we are providing you with several updates and a reminder about the DPH Weekly call scheduled for tomorrow. Updates included new OSHA Resources; New CMS Cohorting Guidance; Boston Hope Hospital and DCU Center Field Hospital; Update on CMS Revises COVID-19 FAQs on FFS Billing and AHCA Summary of Available Resources
In this memo we are providing you with several updates related to the updated guidance for testing, MassHealth investment waiver of certain regulatory requirements, update on long term care staffing portal, an extension on E-Kits and guidance on hospice services. Please continue to visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage for resources and updates.
Memorandum To: Mass Senior Care Association Members From: Tara M. Gregorio, President Re: PPE Order Instructions, To be completed by 7pm ET on Monday, April 13 Date: April 13, 2020 In an effort to assist with the PPE shortage, Mass Senior Care Association is partnering with the MIT Covid Policy Alliance to place a bulk PPE order for N95 Masks, gowns and gloves from China. We are fortunate to offer MSCA members the ability to order PPE scheduled to arrive
Mass Senior Care is providing guidance to members related to CMS and State regulations for the Training and Certification of Nurse Aides. This document clarifies the regulations that allow you to hire an aide and allows that aide ninety days after hire to complete training. The facility is responsible for ensuring that the aide is competent to do the tasks he/she is assigned.
With the anticipated peak of the COVID-19 virus expected to occur over the next 10 days, there will be increased media focus on the care being provided by skilled nursing facilities across the Commonwealth. Against incredible odds, our 77,000 dedicated caregivers are taking extraordinary measures to keep residents safe and connected to their loved ones.
AHCA has developed a FAQ document to help providers navigate how the various CDC and CMS COVID-19 guidance and Section 1135 waivers interact with current MDS-RAI coding guidance and payment models in SNFs, specific to situations where it is determined that a resident requires isolation related to the COVID-19 virus.
CMS released a COVID-19 Provider Burden Relief FAQ document that states that the Agency has suspended most Medicare Part A and Part B Fee-For-Service (FFS) medical review during the emergency period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CMS has responded to member concerns that the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes identified by the CDC as appropriate to code for COVID-19 were not compatible with the Medicare Part A SNF PPS PDPM payment model. Specifically, none of the CDC identified codes could be used to represent the Primary Reason for SNF Stay on the MDS assessment Item I0020B.
CMS has not made any changes to the MDS coding guidance associated with item O0100M – Isolation for active infectious disease (does not include standard precautions) located in Chapter 3 of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v 1.17.1 October 2019 .
Mass Senior Care recognizes nursing facilities are in need of 12,000 additional direct care staff to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist members with staff recruitment, Mass Senior Care has been working with the state and MIT to bring additional resources to members.
Our healthcare heroes continue to rise to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to keep our residents safe, healthy and connected to their loved ones. Every day we witness truly extraordinary care being provided by all levels of staff for which residents and family members are extremely grateful.
In this memo we are providing you with several updates related to testing and moving a loved one from a long term care facility as well as a correction notice on PASRR. Please continue to visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage for resources and updates.
Mass Senior Care recognizes nursing facilities are in need of 12,000 additional direct care staff to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist members with staff recruitment, Mass Senior Care has been working with the state and MIT to bring additional resources to members. We strongly encourage members to log onto the state’s new staffing portal now and leverage the reach of Mass Senior Care’s new partnership with Monster.com to post and market both paid positions and volunteer opportunities.
Memorandum To: Mass Senior Care Members From: Tara Gregorio, President Re: COVID-19 Updates: DPH Issues Updated Guidance Date: April 6, 2020 In this memo we are providing you with several updates related to DPH guidance on the use of PPE, caring for residents with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 and other important memos. Please continue to visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage for resources and updates. Comprehensive Personal Protective Equipment : The DPH has released comprehensive guidance, based upon the Centers for
Today the Massachusetts Senior Care Association launched a website for donations of PPE for nursing home staff fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle. All donations will directly go to nursing homes most in need. Please visit www.maseniorcare.org/ppe.
In this memo we are providing you with several updates related to DPH testing criteria, steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in your facility and making plans for cohorting residents. Please continue to visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage for resources and updates.
The CARES Act includes funding for a small business loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program. The program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020 and the application process starts today, April 3rd.
Memorandum To: Mass Senior Care Members From: Tara Gregorio, President Re: COVID-19 Updates: CMS Issues New Recommendation to Nursing Homes and DPH Releases Guidance on Verbal Consent for MOLST and Revised Guidance for HCP with Known Exposure to COVID-19 Date: April 3, 2020 In this memo we are providing you with several updates related to CMS' new recommendations to nursing homes, DPH guidance on verbal consent for MOLST, DPH revised guidance on health care personnel with known exposure to COVID-19