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“The Indiana Health Care Association supports the state’s release of an online dashboard that displays facility-level COVID-19 data spanning the length of the pandemic. The dashboard not only provides additional transparency for all stakeholders but is also a valuable tool to inform public health decision making and allocation of resources to mitigate COVID-19. We understand this to be the first version of the data dashboard and look forward to upcoming improvements being implemented to the dashboard that will include COVID-19 resident recovery data and other information that shows how facilities have fully recovered from previous outbreaks.”
“The impact of COVID-19 on residents, families, and long-term care (LTC) staff has been devastating and we urge the government to remain focused on prioritizing resources for these communities and their residents to continue fighting the virus.”
“It is important to note that the reporting period for the first preliminary data that the state released was March 1, 2020, whereas the reporting period for the prior data collection effort was April 10, 2020. This difference in reporting period certainly caused discrepancies. We understand the newest data on the dashboard released today is verified and is an accurate representation of the COVID-19 cases in LTCs, both nursing facilities and assisted living communities.”
“Additionally, more LTC facilities, including those that were not previously required to report to the state, are now reporting data. Rather than being discouraged by more known cases, we are encouraged that more attention is being paid to the resources needed in all LTC facilities to respond to COVID-19, including testing capacity and hopefully more financial resources to procure PPE, retain staff, and buy more testing materials if federal and state-supported testing ends.”
“We commend our state’s LTC providers for displaying immense agility to adapt to the state’s changing reporting systems while caring for the most vulnerable during the ongoing pandemic. It has been a complicated process and providers have complied to the best of their abilities the entire time. Below is a snapshot of the long term care facility COVID-19 reporting timeline:
IHCA/INCAL is the state’s largest trade association and advocacy group representing for-profit and not- for-profit nursing homes, as well as assisted living communities and independent living. The association provides education, information, and advocacy for health care providers, consumers, and the workforce on behalf of its more than 450-member facilities.