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Updated American Hospital Association's COVID-19 Snapshot
The American Hospital Association has released the latest edition of the COVID-19 Snapshot, which highlights the critical needs of hospitals and health systems during the deepening COVID-19 public health emergency. The snapshot combines important data points with news articles and testimonials from the field to underscore the importance of providing hospitals and health systems with additional resources and support so they can continue to deliver care to patients and families.
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Hope in the form of a vaccine (Video 11 minutes 59 seconds)
Do you have doubts about receiving a vaccine for COVID-19? Watch this video featuring Paul Carson, MD, an infectious disease physician and professor of practice in the Department of Public Health for North Dakota State University. In this video, Dr. Carson speaks to how traditional vaccines are developed and then describes how the current COVID-19 vaccine was able to be developed so much faster without loss of safety. Dr. Carson also discusses the risk of death related to COVID-19 compared to other mortality statistics.
Web link    Date Added: 12/31/2020    Date Last Modified: Jan 4 2021 9:01AM  
A Close-up of COVID-19 in Lung Cells
Read this blog post from the director of the National Institutes of Health to learn what happens to cells in the human lungs when the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus infects them.
Web link    Date Added: 12/20/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 17 2020 6:26PM  
Combat COVID Portal
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Operation Warp Speed, has launched a central web portal, Combat COVID. This portal is a one-stop resource to help members of the public and doctors find information about the different stages of COVID-19, NIH-supported COVID-19 prevention and treatment clinical trials, and locations to donate plasma.
Web link    Date Added: 12/09/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 9 2020 2:31PM  
The Texas HHSC Publishes Infection Control Basics and PPE Training for Essential Caregivers
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has published a guide on Infection Control Basics and Personal Protective Equipment for Essential Caregivers in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, hospices and home and community-based services group homes.
Web link    Date Added: 12/04/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 4 2020 10:30AM  
Wellness for LTPAC Professionals
The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) is providing six weeks of winter wellness, which will include tips, tools or resources to help support you and your team throughout the holidays. Visit the AAPACN wellness initiative for long-term post-acute care professionals’ website, which includes resources to help support you and your colleagues during these stressful times. These resources are free to the public unless otherwise noted on AAPACN website.
Web link    Date Added: 11/24/2020    Date Last Modified: Nov 24 2020 1:51PM  
CHAP Work Restriction Guidance for Asymptomatic Health Care Staff Exposed to COVID-19
If your staff has been exposed to individuals with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 there are steps you should take to ensure the safety of your patients. Download this checklist from the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), which provides guidance on when to put work restrictions in place.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/17/2020    Date Last Modified: Nov 17 2020 12:22PM  
Free Education Modules: Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic
John Hopkins University offers a new, free e-learning course to help people understand the COVID-19 pandemic. The course is set up as a series of short modules to explore the pandemic and specifics about the virus, including discussion of the virus that causes COVID-19 and the pandemic’s broader implications for society.
Web link    Date Added: 09/24/2020    Date Last Modified: Sep 24 2020 4:45PM  
ESRD Facility Requirements in Response to COVID-19
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has posted a letter that provides guidance for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities on the 60-day emergency rule extension concerning requirements in response to COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/18/2020    Date Last Modified: Aug 18 2020 7:13PM  
COVID-19: Managing the Surge
The New England Journal of Medicine has compiled this collection of best practices and recent developments to reference as health care facilities continue to learn and apply the best strategies to treat patients who have COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 07/21/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 21 2020 5:54PM  
Serious Adverse Health Events Associated with Methanol-based Hand Sanitizers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about certain hand sanitizers that have tested positive for methanol contamination.
Web link    Date Added: 07/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 6 2020 5:29PM  
How to Handrub? How to Handwash?
The World Health Organization provides this graphic tool to add value to any hand hygiene improvement strategy.
Web link    Date Added: 06/24/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 24 2020 6:41PM  
Your Five Moments for Hand Hygiene
Download and share this handout from the World Health Organization that shows when it is important to wash your hands when caring for a patient or resident.
Web link    Date Added: 06/24/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 24 2020 6:32PM  
COVID-19 and HIPAA: Disclosures to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders and public health authorities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights lists answers to questions about COVID-19 and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule disclosures in this document.
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SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Information
SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities and states across the country.
Web link    Date Added: 04/27/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:13AM  
COVID-19 Guidelines for Health Care Providers
The National Association of the Deaf provides COVID-19 telehealth guidelines for health care providers.
Web link    Date Added: 04/21/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 22 2020 10:59PM  
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answers frequently asked questions about how to wear a cloth face covering.
Web link    Date Added: 04/15/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:04AM  
Mask Wearing 101 Video: How to Use and Re-Use a Face Mask
This five-minute video offers a step-by-step mask-wearing how-to, along with some do's and dont's.
Video    Date Added: 04/15/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 9:15AM  
LeadingAge Coronavirus Resources
Current information, tools and resources to help LeadingAge members plan for and respond to COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 04/14/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 10:13AM  
Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers During COVID-19 Outbreak: CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
This information from the American Heart Association (AHA) is intended to help health care providers reduce the risk for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) transmission, especially with regards to resuscitation care.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 2:39PM  
The Official White House Response to COVID-19
Keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 1:36PM  
COVID-19 Related Guidance Documents for Industry, FDA Staff, and Other Stakeholders
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing timely recommendations, regulatory information, guidance, and technical assistance to support rapid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response efforts.
Web link    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 1:15PM  
CDC COVID-19 Module Update: Healthcare Worker Staffing and Supplies Pathways
Get the important information from this April 14, 2020, training webinar presented by CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
Video    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 1:03PM  
Updated: CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Health Care Workers from COVID-19
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) official website has the latest resources related to COVID-19. It is updated regularly with clinical and technical announcements for providers and facilities, as well as guidance on billing and codes, coverage, provider enrollment and more.
Web link    Date Added: 04/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:17AM  
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
CMS announced the following blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020, through the end of the emergency declaration.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 7:16AM  
COVID-19 Interim Final Rule FAQs
Here are CMS' frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) billing during COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 29 2020 11:51AM  
New CMS COVID-19 Contact Info
Email your COVID-19 questions to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at Covid-19@cms.hhs.gov.
Web link    Date Added: 04/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:12AM  
Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
This interim guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pertains to critical infrastructure workers.
Web link    Date Added: 04/09/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:07AM  
CDC Social Media Toolkit
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created this social media toolkit to help localize efforts in responding to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 04/09/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:17AM  
Chronic Disease and COVID-19: What You Need to Know
Here are tips and information from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to protect yourself and your family.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/08/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:41AM  
NEW CMS Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded its current Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers for the duration of the public health emergency
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/08/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:24AM  
CMS Teleconference: Lessons from the Front Lines -- COVID-19
On April 3, 2020, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, Deborah Birx, MD, White House Coronavirus Task Force, and officials from the FDA, CDC, and FEMA participated in a call on COVID-19 flexibilities.
Audio    Date Added: 04/07/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:59AM  
CMS Medicare Learning Network (MLN) COVID-19 Update Call: April 7, 2020
On April 7, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) experts provided updates on recent actions taken to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/07/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:53AM  
CDC Update for Rural Health Partners, Stakeholders and Communities on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease Response
This April 8, 2020, webinar by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided a COVID-19 update for rural health partners.
Video    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:18AM  
How to Make Your Own Face Covering
This is a 45-second video demonstration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Video    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:06AM  
Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
Answers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about cloth face coverings
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:03AM  
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to wear a cloth face covering
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:03AM  
CDC Launches New Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report
The report, updated each Friday, summarizes and interprets key indicators, including information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data.
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:15AM  
Webinar -- Burnout and Crises: Joy in the Face of Chaos
April 16, 2020, webinar by TMIT Research.
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 12:47PM  
March 27, 2020, CMS Guidance Memo: Quality Reporting and Value-based Purchasing Programs
Read about exceptions and extensions for Quality reporting requirements for acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care (LTC) hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers (ASC), renal dialysis facilities, and MIPS-eligible clinicians affected by COVID-19.
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CMS News Room
Read the latest actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 9:36AM  
Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services
This CMS Medicare Learning Network (MLN) video provides answers to common questions about the Medicare telehealth services benefit.
Video    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 9:15AM  
Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
Here is a list of CMS changes due to COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 1:43PM  
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators
This CDC document offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators (commonly called “N95 respirators”) in health care settings when there is limited supply.
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 1:39PM  
COVID-19 Updated Long-Term Care Facility Guidance
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are issuing new recommendations to state and local governments and long-term care facilities (also known as nursing homes) to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 8:55AM  
Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) compiled the best practices and lessons learned that communities have already faced fighting COVID-19
Web link    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 8:52AM  
COVID-19 Checklists and Tools to Accelerate Relief for State Medicaid & CHIP Programs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new tools to help speed states’ access to emergency flexibilities and resources.
Web link    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 2:33PM  
How to Apply for Section 1135 Waivers
CMS provides guidance to states on how to apply for Section 1135 waivers through the Medicaid Disaster Response Tool Kit.
Web link    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 2:02PM  
COVID-19 Health Care Personnel Screening Form
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are directing facilities to screen health care personnel (HCP) prior to allowing them to work or provide services in the facility. This form is intended to document screening of HCP.
Web link    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 10:11AM  
CDC Communication Resources for Travelers
Here are the CDC's public health communication options at U.S. ports of entry.
Web link    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:14AM  
Disinfecting Your Facility If Someone Is Sick
Here are some everyday steps, steps when someone is sick, and considerations for employers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Web link    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:04AM  
CDC Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Transcripts and audio recordings of the CDC's public service announcements can be found here.
Web link    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:16AM  
New COVID-19 Coding Guidelines
Ensemble Health Partners provides the latest coding updates due to COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
This guide is published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/01/2020    Date Last Modified: May 12 2020 2:42PM