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HHS Provider Relief Fund Phase 2 General Distribution Now Accepting Additional Applicants
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that certain Medicare providers have until Aug. 28, 2020, to submit their application for Provider Relief Fund payments. These are providers who previously missed the June 3, 2020, deadline to apply for additional funding equal to 2 percent of their total patient care revenue.
Web link    Date Added: 08/11/2020    Date Last Modified: Aug 11 2020 6:46PM  
Dialyzing Patients in Skilled Nursing Homes During COVID-19
In this presentation, the End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center is joined by four subject matter experts in the field of dialysis in skilled nursing homes. LaKeisha Jones and Alan Jenkins joined from Concerto Renal Services, along with Alice Hellebrand and Tom Schindler from Dialysis Direct. Together, the presenters helped to identify methods to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the nursing home setting. They also discussed the benefits of in-house dialysis related to minimizing exposure to COVID-19.
Video    Date Added: 07/22/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 22 2020 11:34AM  
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  
Hospital to Long-term Care Facility Transfer - COVID-19 Assessment
Use this COVID-19 assessment by Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and others to facilitate communication during transition between care settings.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/29/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 29 2020 11:37PM  
COVID-19 Focused Survey Readiness Book
Use this readiness book checklist created by Health Quality Innovation Network to prepare necessary documents for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services COVID-19 focused survey.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/29/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 29 2020 11:31PM  
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.
Unknown item type    Date Added: 04/28/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 11:48PM  
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 Toolkit for Nursing Homes
This toolkit provides information about the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019. Included are steps to help prevent the spread of the virus with resources available from CMS and the CDC.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/23/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 23 2020 1:38PM  
Protecting Facial Skin Under Personal Protective Equipment N95 Masks
Download this infographic from the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) about preventing injury with N95 masks.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/17/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 17 2020 8:55PM  
NPIAP Position Statements on Preventing Injury with N95 Masks
The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) has issued position statements on preventing injury with N95 masks.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/17/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 17 2020 8:51PM  
Training Spotlight: Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course
This course will provide infection prevention and control (IPC) training for individuals responsible for IPC programs in nursing homes.
Web link    Date Added: 04/15/2020    Date Last Modified: May 18 2020 2:03PM  
COVID-19 Activity Resources
More than 50 activities and resources for the populations you serve.
Web link    Date Added: 04/15/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 9:42AM  
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  
Medical and Public Health Considerations of COVID-19
The American College of Medical Toxicology provides a collaborative web series on emerging COVID-19 topics featuring voices from the front lines.
Web link    Date Added: 04/15/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 5:33PM  
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  
CMS' April 14, 2020, Office Hours on COVID-19
Listen to this webinar from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as they answer questions during office hours on April 14, 2020.
Audio    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 29 2020 7:43AM  
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  
COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Transfer Scenarios
On April 13, 2020, CMS released supplemental information for transferring or discharging residents between facilities for the purpose of cohorting residents based on COVID-19 status.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 9:36AM  
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  
CMS' April 9, 2020, Office Hours on COVID-19
Listen to this webinar from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as they answer questions during office hours on April 9, 2020.
Audio    Date Added: 04/08/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:35AM  
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's COVID-19 Webinar for Nursing Homes
Listen to the recording and read the transcipt of this April 8, 2020, CMS webinar for nursing homes during COVID-19 emergency.
ZIP archive    Date Added: 04/07/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 9:10AM  
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 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  
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  
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  
CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:17AM  
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.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 12:43PM  
Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 3, 2020, memorandum from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides interim guidance to compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs).
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 12:36PM  
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  
Webinar: Nursing Facility COVID-19 Q&A for Texas Providers
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission presented a nursing facility COVID-19 webinar for Texas providers.
Video    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 8:43AM  
Webinar: Preventing Coronavirus Transmission in Nursing Care Centers
This on-demand webinar from The Joint Commission provides an overview of the spectrum of clinical presentations of coronavirus and specific suggestions for decreasing the risk of transmission in nursing care centers.
Video    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 8:28AM  
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  
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  
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 Long-Term Care (LTC) Surveyor Training
This is a brief training related to a focused COVID-19 survey for nursing home surveyors.
Web link    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 10:56AM  
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  
Long-Term Care Facilities: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
CMS released these new changes on April 29, 2020.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 9:02AM  
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  
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  
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  
New COVID-19 Coding Guidelines
Ensemble Health Partners provides the latest coding updates due to COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 11 2020 11:11AM  
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  
COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults
Here are the latest CDC updates for face coverings, care plans, persons with disabilities, managing anxiety and stress, and more.
Web link    Date Added: 04/01/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 27 2020 12:34PM  
Long-Term Care Regulatory Provider and Information Letters
Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) provides a list of provider and information letters.
Web link    Date Added: 03/23/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 11:51AM  
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers tips for social distancing, quarantine and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/19/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 11:46AM  
Coronavirus and How to Protect Your Residents and Staff
Essential resources for long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) from the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN).
Web link    Date Added: 03/13/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 8:20AM