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Important Updates and Resources for Long-Term Care Providers

COVID-19

COVID-19 Latest News, Guidance & Resoruces


We are closely monitoring the news and guidance concerning COVID-19 and are working with the Governor’s office, the Indiana Department of Health and AHCA/NCAL, to ensure our member providers receive the necessary guidance to care for the most vulnerable Hoosiers during this public health emergency. Visit this webpage daily to access the latest updates.

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October 15: HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Through January 2022

On October 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for an additional 90 days. The new expiration date for the COVID-19 PHE is now set for mid-January 2022. Any decision to allow the PHE to lapse would come with 60 days of notice.

Telehealth flexibilities, enhanced FMAP, SNF-specific waivers (3-Day Stay, Spell of Illness) and other COVID-19 related Medicare, Medicaid, and regulatory waivers remain in place.

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October 7: Indiana Department of Health Updates Clinical, Visitation/Activities, and IC Guidance

On October 6, 2021, the IDH made a few revisions to the COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance that was updated on Sept. 28 and accordingly also update the COVID-19 LTC Toolkit.  The most updated versions of these guidance documents along with their summaries can be accessed below.

IDH Updates LTC COVID-19 Clinical Guidance

IDH Updates LTC COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance

IDH Issues Updated Visitation and Activities Guidance

IDH Summary of Guidance Changes (Sept. 10 to Sept. 28)

 

 

September 30: Governor Holcomb Extends Public Health Emergency to October 31, 2021

On September 30, 2021, Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 21-26, which extends Indiana’s public health emergency until October 31, 2021.  Indiana’s public health emergency was set to expire on September 30, 2021 and can be extended in 30-day increments at a time under state law.   The federal public health emergency has been extended through October 18, 2021 and is expected to be extended for 90 days at a time through the end of 2021.

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September 30: Indiana Announces Extension of Reimbursement for COVID-19 Ready Nursing Facilities to October 31

Indiana Medicaid has posted on Myers & Stauffer’s a website notice that the COVID-19 Ready reimbursement will be extended through October 31, 2021 (it was originally set to end on October 16).  The policy is in response to the need to ease the growing stresses on the state’s hospital capacity by helping nursing facilities offset the growing and large costs for operating COVID-19 units.  The effective dates for qualifying providers are dates of services between September 20, 2021 and October 31, 2021.

The temporary increases are 4% per patient day (all Medicaid patients in the facility) for facilities that attest to being COVID-19 Ready and an additional $230 per COVID-19 positive resident.

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September 27: New PRF Phase 4 & Rural Distribution Application Information Released

Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released additional information on the $17 Billion Phase 4 and the $8.5 Billion Rural Distribution application. Applicants will be able to apply for both Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments during the application process. PRF Phase 4 is open to a broad range of providers with changes in operating revenues and expenses.

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September 24: Pfizer Booster Dose Information

On September 24, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups of individuals, including residents and health care workers in long-term care. This decision by the CDC and DFA offers another layer of protection that we need to fight the coronavirus that uniquely targets our vulnerable long-term care population.

The Indiana Department of Health (IDH) also supports the administration of Pfizer vaccine booster dose to people 18 years and older who completed the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as their primary series, and it has been at least six months since receiving the second dose, and they attest to meeting CDC guidelines as outlined here.

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ACCESS IDH GUIDANCE & RESOURCES

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates


IHCA/INCAL has developed this page to list relevant COVID-19 vaccine resources. As we receive more information, we will continue to update this page with latest information.

Latest Updates

 

 

Guidance & Resources

 

Education & Promotion

 

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Testing Guidance & Updates


Ordering Testing Supplies – Langham Portal

Latest Updates

Regulatory Requirements and Important Resources

Important Contacts

  • Probari Phone number: Please call 317-804-4102 with any questions/issues.
  • ZOTEC Help Desk:  Please call 866-254-4628 with any questions/issues related to registration.
  • Patients Choice Laboratories (PCL): PCL, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a leading provider of comprehensive laboratory testing services throughout the United States. For more info, please visit www.pclabsdx.com.

IDH Guidance & Resources


Clinical Guidance

 

Infection Control and Surveys

Visitation and Activities Guidance

General Guidance

Quarantine Guidance

Signage and Forms

Essential Family Caregiver

Reporting and Testing

Cohorting Guidance

Weekly Webinars


Upcoming Webinar | October 21, 2021 from 12-1 p.m. EST

As of April 15 the Indiana Department of Health will be unable to participate in the webinars on a weekly basis.  However, IHCA/INCAL staff will continue to host the webinars to answer your questions and provide guidance.  IHCA/INCAL will engage IDOH on issues that cannot be answered during each webinar and also plan with IDOH on the times that they can participate in some of the webinars.

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Webinar Recordings and Handouts

October 14, 2021

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October 7, 2021

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September 30, 2021

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September 23. 2021

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September 16, 2021

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September 9, 2021

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September 2, 2021

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To access archive recordings of the webinars, please click here.

EMResource


EMResource is a web-based resource management and communication tool used to monitor and notify changes in resources statuses. IDH is asking you to update your PPE supplies daily in this tool so that resources can be distributed efficiently.

  • Please request your user account here.
  • Please access the user manual at this link.
  • EMResource Troubleshooting – Email Eric Shelley at the Indiana Department of Health – eshelley1@isdh.in.gov

Coordinate account registration with your facility administrator.  We recommend designating at least two individuals that can track and input data into EMResource.

Payment & Reimbursement Resources


General Resources

Medicare

Medicaid

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund


Latest Updates

Federal Reporting Requirements


NHSN Reporting

Related Regulatory Requirements

Resources

Waivers & Emergency Orders


Public Health Emergency

Waivers

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


EMResource

EMResource is a web-based resource management and communication tool used to monitor and notify changes in resources statuses. IDH is asking you to update your PPE supplies daily in this tool so that resources can be distributed efficiently.

  • Please request your user account here.
  • Please access the user manual at this link.
  • EMResource Troubleshooting – Email Eric Shelley at the Indiana Department of Health – eshelley1@isdh.in.gov

Coordinate account registration with your facility administrator.  We recommend designating at least two individuals that can track and input data into EMResource.

 

OSHA

Using and Conserving PPE

FEMA COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Nursing Home PPE Packages

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Vendors

CMS Guidance & Resources


LTC Operations

Infection Control

Payment

Resources

CDC Guidance & Resources


Post-Vaccine Considerations

Return to Work Guidance

Infection Control & PPE Conservation Guidance

Confirmed Case Management Guidance

Testing Guidance

Resources

Archive Updates


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