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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. Visit this webpage daily to access the latest updates.

IDH Guidance and Standard Operating Procedures

Updated Guidance from CDC

IHCA/INCAL Summary of Updated Visitation Guidance (Sept. 26, 2022)

Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages

Updated Guidance from CMS

Other Resources

 

November 28: Biden Administration Announces Campaign to Improve COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Uptake

Last week, the Biden Administration announced a 6-week campaign to improve COVID-19 booster uptake rates. The campaign will focus on reaching seniors and other communities hardest hit by COVID-19, including a focus on nursing homes.

As part of this campaign, CMS will focus on the requirement for nursing homes to educate and offer the COVID-19 vaccine, including subsequent boosters, outlined in QSO-21-19-NH. State survey agencies will be verifying that this requirement is being complied with, particularly in facilities with low publicly reported vaccination rates, including booster rates. Facilities out of compliance will be faced with enforcement actions.

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November 8: Reducing Respiratory Viral Infections this Winter

Respiratory viruses are more common during the winter months. Our elderly residents, particularly those with multiple medical conditions, are at risk for developing serious illnesses or exacerbations of their other illnesses, being hospitalized, or even dying. Increases in Influenza, RSV, COVID-19, and other respiratory viruses are occurring in the general population, with some hospitals in communities nearing or at capacity. There are several key steps to help reduce the impact on residents from viral infections this winter.

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October 28: CMS Releases Memos on Fire Safety Evaluation System and Revised COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Requirements

S&C: 17-15-LSC-Revised: Use of the Fire Safety Evaluation System 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new mandatory values in August 2022 for the Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES). CMS this week released revisions to the FSES memo, which negate the need for a waiver and now allow SNFs to once again achieve a passing score on the FSES without any impact on the fire safety of the facility.

 

October 13: HHS Extends Public Health Emergency Through January 12

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra today renewed the declaration that a public health emergency exists. This is effective October 13, 2022, and will continue for 90 days pursuant to federal law.

The Public Health Emergency renewal through mid-January is welcome news. It provides for the uninterrupted continuation of several flexibilities that have protected beneficiary access to important services in as safe and effective manner as possible.

 

 

ACCESS IDH GUIDANCE & RESOURCES

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 | December 8, 2022 from 12-1 p.m. EST

IHCA/INCAL staff host weekly webinars to answer your questions and provide guidance to all long term care providers across the state.  IHCA/INCAL will connect you with the IDH and other key partners to keep you informed on current, immediate and important issues to our industry. Frequent guest speakers include key persons from the IDH, QSource, and Probari. If you miss the weekly update, you can access the meeting recordings and handouts which are posted below.

 

HOW TO JOIN THE WEBINAR

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Webinar Recordings and Handouts

Dec. 1

ACCESS WEBINAR HANDOUT

ACCESS WEBINAR RECORDING

 

 

November 17:

ACCESS WEBINAR HANDOUT

ACCESS ACP Handouts

ACCESS WEBINAR RECORDING

 

 

November 10:

ACCESS WEBINAR HANDOUT

ACCESS WEBINAR RECORDING

 

 

November 3:

ACCESS WEBINAR HANDOUT

ACCESS WEBINAR RECORDING

 

October 27:

ACCESS WEBINAR HANDOUT

Access 9-29-22 COVID-19 Guidance Handout

Access Updated LTC Regulations Handout

ACCESS WEBINAR RECORDING

 

 

October 20

ACCESS WEBINAR HANDOUT

ACCESS WEBINAR RECORDING

 

 

October 6:

ACCESS WEBINAR HANDOUT

ACCESS WEBINAR RECORDING

 

 

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

Federal Reporting Requirements


NHSN Reporting

Related Regulatory Requirements

Resources

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

 

Vendors

Archive Updates


access archive updates here

 

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