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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Information is courtesy of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Tools and Resources

Visit AHCA's website daily for the latest information that AHCA/NCAL has to share with our members about COVID-19. As concerns arise with the emerging coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, we are working nationally with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure our members receive necessary supplies and guidance to prevent the spread of this disease.

  • Click HERE for an HCAM developed Q & A updated April 3, 2020.
  • Click HERE for MDHHS PPE Optimization Final 4-1-202
  • Click HERE for Regional Healthcare Coalition contact information. Providers should be coordinating emergency preparedness plans with their regional coalition.
  • Click HERE for an intercative map of local health departments.
  • Click HERE for a directory of Michigan health departments.
  • Click HERE for a Visitor/Staff Screening Tool.
  • Click HERE for Recommendations for Long-term Care Facilities During COVID-19 Outbreak.
  • Click HERE for MDHHS Guidance For Health Care Facilities for Discharge of COVID
  • Click HERE for Hospital to Post-Acute Care Transfer for COVID-19

Moments of Inspiration

Latest HCAM/MCAL Updates

Latest AHCA/NCAL Updates

  • Member Email Update #32 - April 4, 2020 - When COVID Gets into Your Facility, Cohorting, The Census and COVID-19, New AL Data from the CDC
  • Member Email Update #31 - April 3, 2020 - CMS Releases Additional Recommendations to Nursing Homes, FAQs - Alignment of Isolation Waivers, MDS, and Payment Policies, WPS Posts Updated Accelerated Payment Request Form
  • Member Email Update  #30 - April 2, 2020 - Every Interaction is a Risk, CMS Reports Frequent Incorrect Use of PPE, Compassionate Care Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis
  • Member Email Update #29 - April 1, 2020 - The Toll COVID-19 Takes on Residents, Families and Staff, CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Webinar Tomorrow, MDS Isolation Coding Guidance Remains Unchanged, CMS Updates PDPM-ICD-10 Mappings for New COVID-19 Diagnosis Code, CMS Suspends Most Medicare Fee-For-Service Medical Review
  • Member Email Update #28 - April 1, 2020 - CMS Call with Nursing Homes Later Today, AHCA Accelerated and Advance Payments FAQs
  • Member Email Update #27 - March 31, 2020 - Temporary Nurse Aide Training & Competency ChecklistRevised Screening Checklist for Visitors and StaffICF/IIDs and PRTFs COVID-19 Guidance ReleasedMark’s COVID-19 Video Series: Supporting Frontline Staff
  • Member Email Update #26 - March 30, 2020 - CMS Issues Blanket Regulatory Waivers
  • Member Email Update #25 - March 30, 2020 - New Guidance on Hospital Transfers
  • Member Email Update #24 - March 29, 2020 - Department of Labor Guidance on Leave Exemptions, AHCA Media Statement on Hospital to SNF Admissions
  • Member Email Update #23 - March 28, 2020 - Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payments, Telehealth Toolkit
  • Member Email Update #22 - March 27, 2020 - Third Stimulus Package Signed into Law, VA Update, Postal Carriers and Mail Delivery
  • Member Email Update #21 - March 26, 2020 - Stimulus Package Passes the Senate, New Video Series: Mark Parkinson Offers a COVID-19 Update, What to Do When COVID-19 Gets into Your LTC Facility, Emotionally Supporting Staff, Medicare Hearings and Appeals Move Forward, UnitedHealthCare and Cigna Suspend Prior Authorizations for SNF Admissions, SNF PEPPER Report Delayed, Prescribing Across State Lines
  • Member Email Update #20 - March 25, 2020 - CMS Call Today at 4:30 PM Eastern, CDC Guidance for Retirement Communities and Independent Living
  • Member Email Update #19 - March 24, 2020 - CDC Call on PPE Strategies, AL Hospital Admissions Guidance, HUD FAQ, Template Letter for your MA Plan and/or ACO, Medicare Cost Reports Due Date, 1135 Waiver approvals
  • Member Email Update #18  - March 23, 2020 - CMS: Prioritization of Survey Activities
  • Member Email Update #17 - March 23, 2020 - Public Calls for Supplies, Increased FMAP Funds, Conversations Revisiting End-of-Life Wishes and Advance Directives, Quality Reporting and Value-Based Purchasing Programs 
  • Member Email Update #16 - March 22, 2020 - Communicating After a Confirmed Case, Essential Staff Entering Your Building, Non-Direct Care Staff
  • Member Email Update #15 - March 21, 2020 - Beware of COVID-19 Scams, Childcare, Resident Laundry, CMS Delaying Implementation of MDS Update, Medicare Advantage Flexibilities, Medical Review Audits, #CareNotCOVID
  • Member Email Update #14 - March 20, 2020 - Interim Guidance on SNFs Accepting Patients from Hospitals and Transfers from SNFs to the Hospital
  • Member Email Update #13 - March 19, 2020 - Relief Package Signed; CDC Guidance on When HCP Can Return to Work, PACE Organizations, Therapy Services, Pharmacy and Pharmacists Procedures
  • Member Email Update #12 - - March 18, 2020 - NEW CDC Guidance on Use of Masks, Gowns, and Eye Protection to Conserve Supplies
  • A Message from the President/CEO AHCA - March 16, 2020
  • Member Email Update #11 - March 15, 2020 - CDC Call, Communal Dining and Shortage of PPE
  • Member Email Update #10 - March 14, 2020 - CMS Issues Waivers of 3-Day Stay and Spell of Illness
  • Member Email Update #9 - March 14, 2020 - National Emergency Declared: CMS Restricts all SNF Visitors Except End-of-Life Situations
  • Member Email Update #8 - March 13 - 2020
  • Member Email Update #7 - March 12, 2020 - CMS Releases COVID-19 Medicare FFS and Medicare Advantage Plan Guidance
  • Member Email Update #6 – March 11, 2020 - Implement Environmental Infection Control - Cleaning & Disinfection
  • Member Email Update #5 – March 10, 2020
  • Member Email Update #4 – March 9, 2020
  • Member Email Update #3 – March 4, 2020
  • Member Email Update #2 – February 29, 2020
  • Member Email Update #1 – February 28, 2020

CMS Guidance - Updated March 24, 2020

Training Materials from ahcancalED

Prepare Your Long Term Care Facility

What You Can Do Now

Follow everyday preventive actions such as:

  • Washing your hands
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Covering your cough
  • Staying home when you are sick

The CDC does not currently recommend the general public to use facemasks.

Centers should educate families and visitors on signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and encourage them to visit with loved ones through alternative means when they are ill, such as telephone, Skype, or wearing a mask during visits.

Prepare Staff

  • It’s important that any staff who are sick stay home. CDC has detailed guidance on this.
  • Acknowledge the current situation and share only verified facts.
  • Refresh staff with reminder trainings on hand hygiene, proper use of personal protective equipment, and their responsibility to stay home when sick.
  • Reassure staff that it is a similar approach to closures due to weather emergencies – something they are more familiar and comfortable with.

CDC Resources

Visit the CDC website daily for latest information.

Overview of COVID-19

Health Care Facility Resources

Prevention Resources

Reporting Resources

Communication Resources

Additional Resources

Learn More

HCAM/MCAL Member Call from March 9

Please click HERE for a link to the recorded webinar from March 9. There are no slides as it is an audio only presentation. Participating in the call from the state of Michigan was Larry Horvath, Director of the Bureau of Health Systems of LARA and Brenda Brennan, HAI Coordinator/SHARP Unit Manager for MDHHS. Click HERE for the questions and answers section of the webinar.

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