COVID Resources Archive

WEBINARS & EDUCATION: 

LeadingAge Texas Provider Member COVID-19 Discussion Calls
Session Recordings & Materials

NF Provider COVID-19 Webinar 09.30.20
Session Recording • Presentation

COVID-19 HCSSA Provider Webinar 09.25.20
Session Recording

MCS COVID-19 Stakeholder Information Session 09.24.20
Session Recording • Presentation

NF COVID-19 Q&A Provider Webinar 09.23.20
Session Recording • Q&A PDF

NF COVID Q&A Provider Webinar 09.09.20
Session Recording •  Q&A PDF

Upcoming Training Webinars for Long-Term Care Providers
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National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Trainings
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James L. West Center’s Dementia Enhanced CNA Training Program
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Targeted COVID-19 Training for Nursing Homes Instruction
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CMS Coronavirus COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls
Session Recordings

Targeted COVID-19 Training for Nursing Homes Instruction
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NF COVID Q&A Provider Webinar 09.02.20
Session Recording • Q&A PDF

CMS Coronavirus COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls
Session Recordings

NF COVID Q&A Provider Webinar 08.26.20
Session Recording • Q&A PDF

Ziegler Financial Markets & Sector Update Webinar #11 08.20.20
Session Recording

NF COVID Q&A Provider Webinar 08.19.20
Session Recording • Q&A PDF

NF COVID-19 Q&A Provider Webinar 08.12.20
Session Recording • Q&A PDF

NF COVID-19 Q&A Provider Webinar 08.05.20
Session Recording • Q&A PDF

COVID Visitation Policy in Texas Long-Term Congregate Care Facilities 08.07.20
Session Recording • PowerPoint

Ziegler Financial Markets & Sector Update Webinar #10 08.06.20
Session Recording 

Special Issues in SNFs/NFs During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar 07.17.20
Session Recording •  PDF

COVID-19 FAQs with LTCR for ALF Providers Webinar 06.17.20
Session Recording


POC TESTING RESOURCES & TRAINING

View rates of county positivity here.

CMS Hosts Testing Webinar: Abbott Rapid Tests to be Sent to Some Nursing Homes

COVID-19 Group Health Plan Testing FAQs

New COVID 19 Testing and Reporting Requirements

Tips for Submitting Comments on Interim Final Rule CMS-3401-IFC (Nursing Home Testing)

Guidance on Reporting Positive, Negative, and Indeterminate COVID‑19 Test Results to DSHS

Considerations for Interpreting Antigen Test Results in Nursing Homes

QSO-20-37 (CLIA reporting requirements)

Point-of-Care Antigen Testing Overview

Q&A on POC Antigen Tests and Reporting

Nursing Home Data - Point of Care Device Allocation

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Testing at Skilled Nursing Facilities/ Nursing Homes

COVID-19 Pandemic Response, Laboratory Data Reporting: CARES Act
Section 18115

CDC: Reporting Lab Data

Quidel – Sofia 2 - Information

N95 Fit Testing Services |N95 Fit Testing Resources

N95 Fit Testing Kits are backordered from most of our medical distribution partners.  Please continue to work with your contacts from your medical distributor for updates on when they are expecting to receive the kits for your community.  

Until then, there are several N95 Fit Testing Services organizations that we have reached out to, that may be possible solutions for your community.

BD Veritor | FAQ’s from LeadingAge BD Veritor Training

BD Veritor User Guide
 
BD Veritor Online Training – Certificate of Completion
 
For access to Abbott training videos and documents, please visit the 
 BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card and NAVICA™ App Set-Up and Training portal

LeadingAge and BD Veritor Antigen Testing Training Webinar

Abbott BinaxNow Webinar for Assisted Living Facilities (09/18/20)

For access to access training videos and documents, please visit the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card and NAVICA™ App Set-Up and Training portal.  

Please reach out to Ann Castro for PPE and testing related questions.


LATEST UPDATES & RESOURCES:

Letter to Gov. Abbott: Requesting LTC Taskforce (09/01/20)

Letter to Gov. Abbott: Financial Support for COVID-19 Rapid-Response Testing in Nursing Facilities (08/19/20)

Letter to Gov. Abbott: Principles for Visitation of End-of-Life and Serious-Illness Patients in Texas Health Care and Assisted-Living Facilities (08/12/20)

LeadingAge Texas: Additional Info on HHSCs Visitation Announcement (08/07/20)

Serious Illness Communications, Grief, and ACP Resources

COVID-19 Pandemic Risk Acknowledgment

Serious Illness Communications, Grief, and ACP Resources

COVID-19 Grants and Funding Updates for the Health Care Sector

LeadingAge Texas COVID-19 Situation Report (07/26/20)

LeadingAge Texas COVID-19 Situation Report (07/21/20)

Isolation and Precautions Quick Sheet (07/21/20)

Joint Association Letter to HHSC re: COVID Surveyor Facility Visits (06/29/20)

Statement for the Record on COVID-19 and Nursing Homes (06/25/20)

Letter to Gov. Abbott:  Formal Meeting Request to Discuss Long-Term Care Facility Reopening (06/22/20)

Staff Vacations and Travel Considerations During COVID-19 (06/17/20)

COVID-19 Testing of Employees, New Hires, and Related Issues 05.20.20

COVID19 Hot Topics for Independent Living: How to Incentivize Staff to Work During a Pandemic?

A Time to Remember What We Stand For

Serious Illness Communications, Grief, and ACP Resources

Statements in Response to President Trump’s Visit to a Maine COVID-19 Testing Swab Factory 06.05.20

A Preventable & Slow-motion Tragedy: Backgrounder on COVID-19, Older Adults, Care Providers & Nursing Homes 06.03.20

Don't Walk Away From Millions Of Older Americans 06.04.20

Letter to HHSC: Visitation for Assisted Living Facilities

Letter to HHSC: Texas Assisted Living Reopening Plan Recommendations

Letter to HHSC: Texas Nursing Facility Reopening Plan Recommendations

COVID-19 Pandemic Risk Acknowledgment

Serious Illness Communications, Grief, and ACP Resources

COVID-19 Testing of Employees, New Hires, and Related Issues 05.20.20

NF Testing Questions & Concerns 05.14.20

Request to Prioritize Testing and PPE Resources to Texas Long-Term Care Facilities in Response to COVID-19

COVID19 Hot Topics for Independent Living: How to Incentivize Staff to Work During a Pandemic?

COVID-19 Grants and Funding Updates for the Health Care Sector

CARES Act Overview: Implications for Tax-Exempt Organizations

LeadingAge Nursing Home Members Support Texas Action to Gather and Leverage Data 04.15.20

Temporary Nurse Aide Training & Competency Checklist

Letter to Governor Abbott: Liability protection for physicians, health care providers, and health care facilities during declared COVID-19 disaster

Message from George: Texas Caregivers Deserve Our Support in Protecting Our Aging Population


 

Texas/HHSC:

FREQUENT UPDATES: COVID-19 Provider Updates from Texas HHSC

SUBSCRIBE: HHSC Gov Email & Text Updates

How to Become a COVID-19 Vaccinator (10/19/20)

CMS Approves DBMD Waiver Amendment 6 (10/15/20)

HHSC Revises Approved Diagnostic Codes for Persons with Related Conditions List (IL 2020-44) (10/14/20)

October 12 Updated Nursing Facility COVID-19 FAQs (10/14/20)

Cures Act EVV: CDS and SRO Managed Care EVV Claims Must be Submitted to TMHP (10/13/20)

HHSC Publishes Updated Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 for ALF Providers (10/12/20)

Stakeholder Comments for Proposed Draft Rules on Waiver Program Interests Lists (10/12/20)

CMS Approves CLASS Waiver Amendment 3 (10/12/20)

CMS Reminds NFs About Residents’ Rights Requirement related to Right to Vote (10/8/20)

October 2020 QMP Bulletin (10/06/20)

CMS Approves DBMD Waiver Amendment 6 (10/5/20)

Resident Leave Reimbursement During COVID-19 For ICF/IID Program Providers (IL2020-43) (10/5/20)

Gov. Abbott, HHSC Announce $3.5 Million for Nursing Facility Safety Projects (10/02/20)

PASRR Evaluations: Use of Telephone Interviews or Videoconferencing (IL 20-41) (09/30/20)

Overview of Nursing Facility COVID-19 Visitation Rules (09/29/20)

Q&A from Previous LTC Webinars Hosted by Senator Zaffirini (09/29/20)

Comments on Proposed Rules for Electronic Visit Verification Due October 19 (09/29/20)

HHSC Publishes Guidance on Reopening Visitation for Hospice Inpatient Units (09/25/20)

HHSC Issues COVID-19 Response - Expansion of Reopening Visitation Guidance for Long-term Care Providers(09/25/20)

HHSC Publishes Home and Community-based Services (HCS) Expansion of Visitation Guidance (PL 20-40)(09/24/20)

COVID-19: Maintaining Safety, Critical Care Load-Balancing, & Behavioral Health (09/24/20)

Guide to Expanded Visitation (09/24/20)

Nursing Facility Expansion of Reopening Visitation Emergency Rules (09/23/20)

Expansion of Reopening Visitation emergency rules for assisted living facilities (09/23/20)

New LTC Expansion of Visitation Guidelines (09/18/20)

News Release: HHSC Expands Visitation at Long-Term Care Facilities (09/18/20)

HHSC Overview: Expansion of Reopening Visitation for Long-term Care Facilities  (09/17/20)

HHSC Publishes PL 20-37 - COVID-19 and Death Reporting Guidance for Long-Term Care Providers (09/10/20)

COVID-19 Group Health Plan Testing FAQs (09/09/20)

COVID-19 and Death Reporting Guidance for Long-term Care Providers (09/09/20)

Medicaid and CHIP Providers, Deadline to Apply for Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds is September 13 (09/02/20)

IL 2020-39 Revised – Guidance to Medicaid-Certified Nursing Facilities on QRPs for PASRR (09/02/20)

Updated COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for ALF Providers (09/01/20)

CMS Publishes New Rule and Revised Survey Tool for NFs Related to COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Staff and Residents (08/31/20)

FAQs for HCSSA Providers Including Inpatient Hospice (08/31/20)

HCS COVID-19 Mitigation and Response Emergency Rules (08/28/20)

CMS Publishes COVID-19 Testing Requirement Rules for NFs  (08/27/20)

Capacity Increases During Severe Gulf Coast Weather (08/25/20)

HHSC Publishes PL 20-36 - NF Change of Ownership Effective Date Policy (08/19/20)

Informal Comments on Draft Rules Due 8/25 on Requirements for Nursing Facility Administrators (08/19/20)

COVID-19 Response for Nursing Facilities v 3.5  (08/18/20)

HHSC Publishes Revised PL 20-24 Phase 1 COVID-19 Visitation Requirements for ALF, ICF, and NF Providers(08/17/20)

Ombudsman Resource on Phase 1 Visitation (08/17/20)

Ombudsman Chart - Visitation Options for Family and Friends of Residents (08/17/20)

ALF Emergency Rules for COVID 19 Mitigation (08/11/20)

NF COVID-19 Phase 1 Visitation Emergency Rules (08/10/20)

Phase 1 COVID-19 Visitation Requirements for ALF, ICF, and NF (08/10/20)

LeadingAge Texas: Additional Info on HHSCs Visitation Announcement  (08/07/20)

Long Term Care Information Letter No. 20-37 Telemedicine Flexibility for Face-to-Face Reassessments (08/06/20)

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Deadline Extension For Medicaid, CHIP Providers To Apply For Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds (08/05/20)

Update to COVID-19 Guidance for FFS Service Coordinators and Case Managers (07/31/20)

HHSC to Post COVID-19 Data for State Hospitals, SSLCs, Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities(07/27/20)

Long-Term Care Information Letter No. 20-34: Temporary Emergency Rate Increases for the Nursing Facility Program, Including Hospice Services Provided in the Nursing Facility Setting, Effective April 1, 2020 (07/20/20)

COVID-19 Updates and Q&A with LTCR and DSHS (07/16/20)

Clarification About Free COVID-19 Testing Initiative for NFs and ALFs (07/13/20)

NFs - Apply for Up to $3000 in CMP Funds for Communication Devices Used During COVID-19 (05/29/20)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Reminder to LTC Facilities about Death Reporting Requirements (07/23/20)

Long-Term Care Information Letter No. 20-34: Temporary Emergency Rate Increases for the Nursing Facility Program, Including Hospice Services Provided in the Nursing Facility Setting, Effective April 1, 2020  (07/20/20)

COVID-19 Updates and Q&A with LTCR and DSHS  (07/16/20)

Deadline to apply for CARES Act Provider Relief Fund - Monday, July 20(07/15/20)

Clarification About Free COVID-19 Testing Initiative for NFs and ALFs (07/13/20)

COVID-19 Response for Assisted Living Facilities v 3.2 (07/11/20)

Free COVID-19 Testing Initiative for NFs and ALFs (07/10/20)

Updated Nursing Facility COVID-19 FAQs (07/08/20)

HHSC Announces NF CHOW Process Improvements (07/07/20)

State Contractor for COVID-19 Testing in Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities  (07/06/20)

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings (07/02/20)

Updated COVID-19 FAQs for HCSSAs Including Inpatient Hospice Units (07/02/20)

Existing EVV Users: Temporary Policies for COVID-19 Extended to July 31, 2020 (07/02/20)

NFs, NATCEP and Med Aide Programs - Waivers in Place to Increase Staffing Flexibility  (07/02/20)

COVID-19 Update to Telehealth Guidance on CLASS Professional and Specialized Therapies  (07/01/20)

Update to COVID-19 Guidance for FFS Service Coordinators and Case Managers (07/01/20)

Coming Soon: Effective August 31, 2020, Billing Provider Information Must Not Match Attending or Rendering Provider Information  (07/01/20)

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce $9 Million for Nursing Facility Infection Control Projects to Prevent COVID-19  (06/30/20)

NFs, NATCEP & Med Aide Programs - Waivers in Place to Increase Staffing Flexibility  (06/30/20)

Multiple Medicaid Long-Term Care COVID-19 Flexibilities Extended Through July 31, 2020  (06/30/20)

Multiple Medicaid Long-Term Care COVID-19 Flexibilities Extended Through July 31, 2020 (06/30/20)

Temporary Emergency Rate Increases for the Nursing Facility Program Effective April 1, 2020 (06/24/20)

Assisted Living Facility Technical Memorandum: TM 20-01, Bedroom Door Lock (06/23/20)

Assisted Living Facility Technical Memorandum: TM 20-02, Walkway from an Exit or Means of Escape (06/23/20)

Guidance to SNFs on CMS Spell of Illness Waiver  (06/22/20)

Long-Term Care Residents’ Right to Retain Federal Stimulus Checks  (06/22/20)

Updated Long-Term Care User Guide for Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR)  (06/18/20)

June 2020 QMP Bulletin (06/18/20)

Long-Term Care User Guides for Nursing Facilities and Hospice Providers  (06/16/20)

Guidance for Facilities Who Receive Test Results from Tests Taken More Than 14 Days Ago   (06/17/20)

Quick Reference Guide (QRG) for Remittance and Status Reports for LTC Providers  (05/27/20)

COVID-19 Response for Assisted Living Facilities 06.16.20 

ALF Special Infection Control Assessments 06.12.20

NF Special Infection Control Assessments 06.10.20

QIPP Performance and Reporting Requirement Adjustments Due to COVID-19 06.10.20

QIPP NSGO Active Partnership COVID-19 Response 06.05.20

COVID-19 Response for Nursing Facilities Version 3.1 06.04.20

Long-Term Care Information Letter No. 20-26: COVID19 CLASS and DBMD Interest List Reduction Slot Releases 06.04.20

Governor Abbott Announces Phase III To Open Texas 06.03.20

Additional Guidance on GA-26

Updated Timeline for Cures Act EVV Expansion 06.03.20

LTCR Seeks Feedback on Weekly Webinars 06.02.20 

HHS Urges Long-Term Care Facilities to Update Emergency Preparedness Plans Amid Hurricane Season, Pandemic 06.02.20

NFs - Apply for Up to $3000 in CMP Funds for Communication Devices Used During COVID-19 05.29.20

Update to COVID-19 Guidance for FFS Service Coordinators and Case Managers 05.29.20

COVID-19 Update to Telehealth Guidance on CLASS Professional and Specialized Therapies 05.29.20

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce $3.6 Million To Connect Nursing Facility Residents And Families 05.27.20

Quick Reference Guide (QRG) for Remittance and Status Reports for LTC Providers 05.27.20

Updated Nursing Facility COVID-19 Response Plan 05.26.20

Emergency Preparedness for Hurricane Season 05.26.20

Nursing Facility (NF) Testing FAQs #2 05.21.20

FAQs Nursing Facility COVID-19 Testing 05.20.20

HHSC Suspends Deallocation of NF Medicaid Beds Due to COVID-19 05.19.20

 

Infection Control Probe Tool (PDF) 05.18.20

Updated COVID-19 Response Plan for Assisted Living Facilities 05.18.20

HHSC Suspends Deallocation of NF Medicaid Beds Due to COVID-19 05.18.20

Letter from EC to Local Health Departments - NF testing 05.18.20

RA-QRF 05.18.20

COVID-19 Outbreaks in Long-term Care Facilities

Governor Abbott Directs TDEM, DSHS, HHSC To Test All Nursing Home Residents, Staff In Texas 05.12.20

HHSC Long-Term Care Regulatory Posts COVID-19 Resources 

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order To Expand Openings Of Certain Businesses and Activities 05.04.20

HHSC LTCR COVID-19 Resource: Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages 05.04.20

IL20-19 – COVID-19 In-Home Day Habilitation Information for Program Providers 05.04.20

HHSC Retires Provider Letter 10-13 - Locking of Egress Doors in Large ICFs/IID (Facilities with 17 or more Client Beds) 05.04.20

Updated COVID-19 FAQs for Inpatient Hospice Facilities Published by Long-Term Care Regulatory 04.29.20

Provider Letter 20-28 Volunteer Portal 04.27.20

The Governor's Report to Open Texas 04.27.20 

COVID-19 Response Plans for HCS Residential Service Providers

COVID-19 Guidance for Public Home Health Service Providers Published by DSHS

COVID-19: Facemasks & Respirators Questions & Answers

Guidance to Medicaid-Certified Nursing Facilities on PASRR 04.09.20

Waiver of Certified Nurse Aide Requirements Granted 04.09.20

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Emergency Rule to Increase Supply of Direct Care Providers in Nursing Facilities 04.09.20

HHSC Releases Emergency Rules for LTCR Providers Related to COVID-19 04.09.20

ALF Emergency Rules 04.09.20

NF Emergency Rules 04.09.20

PPE Shortage Help Information


 

Federal/CMS:

Nursing Home Weekly: Recap of LeadingAge Updates (10/16/20)

CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing (10/15/20)

Trump Administration Drives Telehealth Services in Medicaid and Medicare (10/14/20)

Social Security Administration announces 2021 Increase (10/13/20)

CDC issues eviction ban FAQs (10/12/20)

IRS Extends Non-Filer EIP Deadline Until Nov. 21 (10/12/20)

Provider Relief Fund Overview (10/9/20)

HHS Issues Helpful Clarifications on Infection Control and Phase 3 (10/9/20)

CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans made to Providers during COVID-19(10/08/20)

White House Summarizes Steps Taken for Older Adults; Many LeadingAge Concerns Unaddressed(10/2/20)

Select Subcommittee Holds Hearing on the Coronavirus Crisis (10/2/20)

National Committee Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Report, Adopts LeadingAge Recommendations (10/2/20)

Phase 3 Application for Provider Relief Opens Oct 5 (10/2/20)

Federal Funding Set Through December 11 (10/1/20)

Trump Administration Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding (10/01/20)

CMS Updates Testing Frequency Methodology (10/01/20)

CMS Releases Memo Reiterating Emergency Prep Guidance (10/01/20)

Report: $25B - $34B Rent Shortfall by January (09/29/20)

Federal Funding Stopgap Expected Prior to Oct. 1 Start of FY21 (09/29/20)

Updated Heroes Act Includes Sec. 202, Sec. 8, and Service Coordinator Relief  (09/29/20)

Abbott BinaxNOW Webinar for Home Health and Hospice (09/28/20)

CMMI Announces Plan Participants for VBID (09/25/20)

Urgent Call for Partners in Nursing Home Health

CMS Announces New Federal Funding for 33 States to Support Transitioning Individuals from Nursing Homes to the Community (09/23/20)

Federal Employee COVID Leave Provisions (09/22/20)

HHS Issues PRF Reporting Guidance with Limits on Lost Revenue (09/20/20)

New Key Deadlines for Phase 2 Provider Relief Fund Applications (09/18/20)

CMS Revises Visitation Guidance to Allow More Visitation Options (09/18/20)

Details Announced on $2B in Nursing Home Infection Control Incentive Payments (09/18/20)

Extension of Provider Relief Deadline for Private Pay Only AL and Nursing Homes (09/16/20)

CMS Issues New FAQs for PACE Organizations (09/16/20)

Independent Nursing Home COVID-19 Commission Findings Validate Unprecedented Federal Response(09/16/20)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs (09/16/20)

CMS Issues New Roadmap for States to Accelerate Adoption of Value-Based Care to Improve Quality of Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries  (09/15/20)

Proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) Withdrawn (09/14/20)

COVID-19 Relief Bill State of Play (09/09/20)

Tips for Submitting Comments on Interim Final Rule CMS-3401-IFC (Nursing Home Testing) (09/08/20)

Infection Control - COVID 19 Tool and Checklist for the COVID-19 Survey (09/06/20)

HHS Announces $2B in Infection Control Incentive Payments (09/04/20)

Federal Register Notice: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 (09/02/20)

CMS Advancing Seniors’ Access to Cutting-edge Therapies and Technology in Medicare Hospital Rule  (09/02/20)

CMS Issues Updated Rules for CLIA Labs and NFs with CLIA Waivers (08/31/20)

Trump Administration Announces the Distribution of $2.5 Billion to Nursing Homes for COVID-19 Relief Funding(08/27/20)

$2.5 billion Arrives in Nursing Home Bank Accounts (08/27/20)

CMS Releases New Nursing Home Training (08/26/20)

CMS Publishes COVID-19 Testing Requirement Rules for NFs (08/25/20)

CMS Announces Testing Rule, Details About Provider Relief, Antigen Testing and PPE (08/25/20)

CMS Releases Interim Final Rule on Testing of Nursing Home Staff, Other Provisions (08/25/20)

Trump Administration Strengthens COVID-19 Surveillance with New Reporting and Testing Requirements for Nursing Homes, Other Providers (08/25/20)

CMS to unveil new mandatory coronavirus testing, accounting requirements for nursing homes: report (08/25/20)

CMS Approves HCS Waiver Amendment 5 (08/24/20) 

Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes

CMS Announces Resumption of Routine Surveys (08/18/20)

QSO: Enforcement Cases Held during the Prioritization Period and Revised Survey Prioritization (08/17/20)

Strike Teams Recommendations Tool (08/14/20)

NHSN Data Elements on Testing Updated (08/11/20)

CDC: How to Report COVID-19 Laboratory Data (08/04/20)

COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act Introduced (08/04/20) 

New & Extended Provider Relief Fund Opportunities (08/03/20)

HEALS Act Highlights for Aging Services (07/28/20)

Nursing Homes Blanket Waivers Chart (07/24/20)

Nursing Facility Point of Care Testing Device Allocation (07/29/20)

Trump Administration Announces New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19 (07/22/20)

Provider Relief Funds Reporting Timelines Announced  (07/22/20)

CMS Lifts Suspension of Enforcement Activity Effective June 1 (07/21/20)

CDC Updates Guidance on Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19(07/20/20)

Cares Act Provider Relief Fund Extends Deadline to Apply for Medicaid Funds to August 3, 2020  (07/20/20)

Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (07/17/20)

HHS Extends Deadline to Apply for Medicaid and CHIP Provider Relief Fund to Aug. 3 (07/17/20)

HHS to Send Rapid Point-of-Care Testing to Nursing Homes  (07/16/20)

SNF QRP Non-Compliance Notices Available, Reconsideration Requests due Aug. 18  (07/15/20)

CMS Extends Deadlines for HCBS Settings Rule  (07/14/20)

LeadingAge Provider Relief Fund Explainer  (07/13/20)

OSHA Respiratory Protection Program & Mask Fittings  (07/07/20)

CMS Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes (07/07/20)

Screening Tips for Nursing Homes (07/06/20)

Paycheck Protection Program Extended to August 8 (07/06/20)

$1.2B Senior Housing Relief Bill Introduced in Senate  (07/02/20)

Nursing Homes and COVID-19 Crisis Front and Center on Senate Floor  (07/02/20)

CMS Ends Waiver. Requires NFs to Resume Submission of Staffing Data by Aug. 14, 2020   (06/26/20)

HHS Clarifies Provider Relief Medicaid Distribution Application Items  (06/26/20)

New PPP Rules Provides Updates on Loan Forgiveness Processes  (06/26/20)

Life Safety Experts On 1135 Waivers Compliance for Nursing Homes  (06/26/20)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Nursing Home Visitation  (Visitation still pending state approval) (06/24/20)

"Reopening" to Visitors: A Review of CMS and States' Guidance to Nursing Homes (06/23/20)

"Reopening" to Visitors: A Review of States' Guidance for AL  (06/22/20)

CMS Releases COVID-19 Data for Medicare Beneficiaries  (06/24/20)

Federal Reserve Announces Plan to Expand Loans to Not-For-Profits  (06/17/20)

New CMS FAQs Include Guidance on Hospice Staff Access  (06/17/20)

Simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Announced (06/17/20)

NHSN Reporting Issues Cheat Sheet 06.12.20

HHS Advisor Clarifies Provider Relief Fund Questions 06.12.20 

June Paycheck Protection Program Guidance Implements Flexibility Act 06.12.20

CMS Releases COVID-19 Nursing Facility Data 06.09.20

HHS Announces new Medicaid/CHIP Distribution 06.09.20

New Provider Relief FAQs Discuss Expenses and Lost Revenues 06.04.20

COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes 06.01.20

CMS Announces Enhanced Survey Activity and Enforcement Remedies Related to Infection Control 06.01.20

Considerations for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Assisted Living Facilities 05.29.20

Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Guidance Issued 05.29.20

Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions 05.26.20

Provider Relief Fund Attestation Deadlines Extended into July 05.26.20

HHS Announces June 3 Provider Relief Deadline and New SNF Funds on the Way 05.26.20

FEMA Public Assistance Program for COVID-19 Expenses 05.26.20

HHS Announces Nearly $4.9 Billion Distribution to Nursing Facilities Impacted by COVID-19 05.22.20

Recovery Considerations for Life Plan Communities

Recovery Considerations for Affordable Housing Providers

CMS Outlines Key Activities of Nursing Home Reopening 05.19.20

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws 05.20.20

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act 05.19.20

Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials 05.18.20

CMS Releases More Blanket Waivers for NFs 05.14.20

Home Health Blanket Waivers Chart 05.13.20

Hospice Blanket Waivers Chart 05.13.20

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers 05.13.20

Paycheck Protection Program Guidance on Certification of Need: New Information, Unanswered Questions 05.13.20

HHS Issues New Provider Relief FAQ and says More Relief Coming 05.11.20

CMS Issues Guidance to NFs for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff 05.07.20

FEMA COVID-19 Response: PPE Packages for Nursing Homes 05.06.20 

Rural Housing issues Resident Rent FAQ 05.06.20

Nursing Home Blanket Waivers Chart 05.01.20

CMS Releases Rule Including New Nursing Home Reporting Requirements 05.01.20

OSHA Issued Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Module for LTCF    

CMS Adds New Coverage Requirements to MA Plans Under COVID-19 04.28.20

CMS Freezes Health Inspection Rating; Issues FAQs 04.27.20

CMS Suspends Accelerated and Advanced Payment Programs 04.27.20

Telehealth Grant Funding Opportunity 

Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities

Paycheck Protection Program Guidance Issued on Affiliation and for Faith-Based Organizations 04.03.20

CMS Telehealth Toolkit for Nursing Homes 03.30.20 

Prioritization of Survey Activities 03.20.20

COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes 03.20.20

COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey: Acute and Continuing Care 03.20.20

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Call Recording/Transcripts

CDC Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE

COVID-19 Partner Toolkit

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet

Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  


 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)   

LeadingAge: New Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Leave in the Families First Response Act (FFCRA) 03.29.20

Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

Labor & Employment Advisory: Employee Leave Requirements Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

President Signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act; What Does This Mean for Aging Services?


 

Approved and Pending Waivers for Long Term Care Providers 

Approved:

Trump Administration Acts to Ensure U.S. Healthcare Facilities Can Maximize Frontline Workforces to Confront COVID-19

Nursing Home Blanket Waivers Chart REVISED 04.10.20

Home Health Blanket Waivers Chart REVISED 04.10.20

Hospice Blanket Waivers Chart REVISED 04.09.20

PL 20-21 - Suspension of Certain LTCR Requirements during COVID-19 Outbreak 03.20.20

Pending:

Governor Abbott Announces HHSC Request Of Section 1135 Waiver To Support Health Care Workforce In Medicaid Program


 

Resources for LTC Providers to Request PPE:   

COVID-19 Guidance for FMSAs and CDS Employers
Healthcare Supply of PPE
Strategies to Optimize PPE and Equipment
Strategies to Optimize Eye Protection
Strategies to Optimize Isolation Gowns
Strategies to Optimize Face Masks
Strategies to Optimize N-95 Respirators
Crisis Alternate Strategies for N-95 Respirators


 

HUD: 

HUD Multifamily Issues Updated FAQs (10/14/20)

HUD postpones new CNA eTool launch (10/13/20)

Senior Housing Weekly: Recap of LeadingAge Updates (10/9/20)

HUD issues first COVID-19 relief payments (09/20/30)

HUD responds to LeadingAge concerns about evictions (09/22/20)

HUD Permits Alternatives to Resident Meetings for RAD   (09/21/20)

CDC Releases COVID-19 Recommendations for Multifamily Housing Providers (09/10/20)

HUD Announces Service Coordinator COVID-19 Payments (09/10/20)

HUD establishes national disaster response team (09/08/20)

Fair Housing expert discusses COVID-19 for seniors (08/24/20)

HUD on track to implement NSPIRE inspection model (08/17/20)

HUD answers COVID-19 Payment Request Questions (08/03/20)

New HUD FHA Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing (07/31/20)

NSPIRE physical inspection standards updated; HUD to join LeadingAge call (08/05/20)

HUD Answers COVID-19 Payment Request Questions (08/04/20)

Highlights from HUD's July 31 Multifamily Q&A (07/31/20)

HUD Discusses CARES Act Payments on July LeadingAge Call  (07/28/20)

HUD Letter requesting Eviction Moratorium Extension (07/21/20)

Lifeline 101: A Joint Presentation by HUD and the FCC July 7 webinar recording   (07/15/20)

LeadingAge takes stock of HUD progress during COVID-19  (07/15/20)

HUD announces Service Coordinator CARES Act allocation (07/10/20)

HUD releases plan to resume “light touch” MORs  (07/10/20)

HUD grants vacancy claims flexibility for COVID-19 (07/09/20)

House Appropriators: New Section 202 Homes Needed  (07/08/20)

HUD issues evictions guidance, housing stability brochure  (07/07/20)

HUD leadership says “safety first” for physical inspections  (07/06/20)

HUD's Agency Plan for Use of CARES Act Funds  (06/30/20)

HUD Responds on Not Distributing CARES Act Senior Housing Funds (06/29/20)

New HUD Report: Increase of Older Adult Housing Needs  (06/23/20)

HUD Proposes New RAD for PRAC Forms, Provides RAD Updates  (06/22/20)

Diagnostic Testing Support for Affordable Housing Communities  (06/17/20)

Senators Push HUD on CARES Act Allocation Delays 06.10.20

Medical experts discuss infection control practices for senior housing 06.05.20

HUD, CDC prepare for pandemic hurricane season 06.04.20

HUD Recommendations: Cleaning and Disinfecting 06.04.20

HUD announces CARES Act allocation for Project-Based Communities 06.02.20

HUD Guidance Allows Electronic Signatures and Documents 05.27.20

HUD Multifamily Guidance on Electronic Signature, Transmission and Storage 05.27.20

HUD Updates Guidance on Confirmed Cases, Residual Receipts 05.21.20

One-Stop Federal Site on Eviction and Mortgage Protections 05.20.20

Housing Needs Survey

Housing Highlights from HEROES Act Relief Bill 05.12.20

Next Steps: “Reopening” Considerations for Housing Providers 05.12.20

Housing Proposals for COVID