Coronavirus

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are working with the federal government​​​ to ensure nursing hom​​es, assisted living communities, and intermediate care facilities for indiv​​iduals with intellectual disabilities receive necessary supplies and guidance to prevent the spread ​of this virus.​

Visit this website regularly for the latest information that AHCA/NCAL has to share with long term care providers about COVID-19. 


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How You Can Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

 Providers

Please note tha​t skilled nursing providers should consult the guidance put forth by CMS and the CDC, and assisted living communities should consult CDC guidance. Providers should also check their local and state health departments for updates and potentially stricter guidance, but these are general, national prevention and containment tips:

 
Infection Control: Maintain i​nfection control policies and procedures, updated where needed and increase transmission-based precautions.
 
Staff: #GetVaccinated! Regularly wash your hands and use PPE where appropriate. Stay home if you're sick.​ ​
 
Limit Interactions: Implement social distancing within the facility where possible to help prevent the spread of infection.
 
PPE: Regularly review federal and state guidance on appropriate use of masks, gowns, gloves, etc. and maintain your inventory​.
 
Communicate: Report suspected or confirmed cases to authorities. Keep residents, families and staff informed about your developing situation. Prepare for media inquiries.
 
Engagement: Follow government guidelines for safe in-person visitations, keep residents connected with loved ones remotely, and offer meaningful activities adapted for this situation​.


If a staff member shows symptoms of COVID-19: Have them go home immediately. 

If a resident shows symptoms of ​COVID-19​: Implement droplet precaution, and contact the local health department. ​


 Families

Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a serious threat to older adults (especially 80 years old and older) and those with underlying health conditions. This is why in certain circumstances the federal government and many state governments are restricting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living communities. Adaptations (e.g., limited indoor and outdoor visits) and exceptions on a case-by-case basis (e.g., end-of-life or compassionate care visits) may be made. ​We understand this is difficult, but the safety and wellbeing of your loved one is our top priority.  

Here’s how you can continue to stay in touch with them, and how you can help: 

  • Communicate with your loved ones through alternative ways for the time being, whether by phone, video, social media, or other methods. Ask the facility about ways they can help with this.  
  • Make sure your loved one’s facility has your emergency contact information. The facility may need to communicate with you about any developments regarding your loved one or about the facility as a whole.
    • Many long term care facilities are only permitted to share information about a resident to a designated health representative. Work together as a family unit to share information to keep everyone informed.       
  • If you must come to the facility, coordinate with the staff ahead of time. Learn more about how you can prepare for a visit to a long term care facility
    • They may ask you some questions, take your temperature, have you take a COVID test, and/or make sure you’re wearing proper protective equipment (like a mask) when you arrive. This is to make sure you do not pose as a potential risk to residents and staff.  
    • If you are asked to not enter the building, please understand this is for the safety of your loved one and everyone else in the building. Nursing homes and assisted living communities are following direction from the government to prevent the spread of this virus.  
    • ​If you are permitted in, please wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and throughout your visit. Wear a mask and any other protective equipment as directed by the facility. Avoid touching your loved ones or other individuals in the building. Again, we know this is difficult, but the virus is very contagious and social distancing is important at this time. ​
  • Do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. High community spread is linked to outbreaks in nursing homes. Follow the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others. Get the COVID-19 vaccine, when you are eligible. 
  • ​Warn your loved ones about potential scammers during this crisis and encourage them to be cautious.​

 Residents

Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a serious threat to older adults (especially 80 years old and older) and those with underlying health conditions. This is why in certain circumstances the federal government and many state governments are restricting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living communities. We understand this is a difficult and stressful time. Those who work in long term care facilities are focused on your safety and wellbeing.  

Here’s how you can continue to stay in touch with your loved ones, and how you can help: 

  • Ask the facility about other ways you can communicate with your loved ones, whether by phone, video or social media.  
  • If you haven't already, get the COVID-19 vaccine. Your facility is working with a pharmacy or state/local officials to offer vaccinations​ and can provide more specific information about how and when this will work. 
  • Follow everyday preventive actions such as: 
    • ​Washing your hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers 
    • Covering your cough and sneezes ​
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth 
    • Keeping 6-feet distance from other residents and staff (when possible) 
  • ​Ask other individuals (including staff) to avoid touching you with handshakes, hugs or kisses. Ask them to wash their hands. Do not be shy! It’s okay to remind people.
  • Watch out for potential scammers​ during this crisis. 
  • If you begin to experience difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell​, tell a staff member immediately.​

 

 

AHCA/NCAL Issues Policy Statement Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations of Long Term Care Personnelhttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Pages/AHCANCAL-Issues-Policy-Statement-Regarding-COVID-19-Vaccinations-of-Long-Term-Care-Personnel.aspxAHCA/NCAL Issues Policy Statement Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations of Long Term Care Personnel7/29/2021 4:00:00 AM<p></p><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and other long term care facilities across the country, released the following policy statement today regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for those working in long term care facilities:</div><div><br></div><div>America’s nursing homes, assisted living communities and other long term care facilities have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. The development of effective and safe vaccines has dramatically reduced COVID-19 cases and the severity of illness in long term care. However, as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads, unvaccinated individuals remain at high risk and can spread the virus to others, including vaccinated individuals. Our residents are some of the most vulnerable individuals to the consequences of contracting COVID-19. </div><div><br></div><div>To protect all residents, staff and others in our communities from the known and substantial risks of COVID-19, AHCA/NCAL strongly urges the vaccination of all health care personnel. COVID-19 vaccines protect health care personnel when working both in health care facilities and in the community. They provide strong protection against workers unintentionally carrying the disease to work and spreading it to patients and peers. </div><div><br></div><div>Long term care providers have worked tirelessly to improve uptake among both residents and staff. In December, AHCA/NCAL launched the #GetVaccinated campaign to encourage uptake among both residents and staff. Providers continue to work with their staff and residents to educate, offer and encourage COVID-19 vaccination. As a result, we have seen a steady increase in vaccination rates, but more needs to be done. </div><div><br></div><div>AHCA/NCAL also supports all providers that adopt mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for health care personnel, with state and local regulations and circumstances shaping whether and how these policies are implemented. Each state and facility must make the best decision for their specific circumstances. The pandemic has already exacerbated workforce challenges that long term care providers has faced for years. Vaccine mandates may further challenge providers trying to recruit and retain a qualified workforce. We renew our call for state and federal governments to enact solutions to help address these long-standing workforce challenges. </div><div><br></div><div>AHCA/NCAL encourages long term care providers who are implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies to: </div><div><br></div><div><ul><li>Provide exemptions for medical reasons and accommodations consistent with Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines (e.g., a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance); </li><li>​Follow relevant Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) infection control guidelines, Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, and other federal and state regulations regarding use of personal protective equipment and other infection control practices for unvaccinated staff receiving an exemption or accommodation. For example, unvaccinated personnel may be required to wear a mask at all times even if CDC guidelines and OSHA requirements were to relax mask requirements for vaccinated personnel; </li><li>Ensure the policy is implemented in a manner consistent with local and state laws; </li><li>Follow requirements and guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC on which individuals are eligible and should be prioritized for vaccination; </li><li>Monitor national safety and efficacy data for all FDA authorized or approved vaccines in use;</li><li>Continue providing education about the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines to encourage staff to obtain the vaccine voluntarily in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner; and </li><li>Offer scheduling flexibility and/or time off to ensure personnel have time to obtain the vaccine and recover from its possible side effects.</li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><strong>ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers, and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">www.ahcancal.org</a>.<br></div>AHCA/NCAL released the following policy statement today regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for those working in long term care facilities.
Join the Fight: Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics for High-Risk COVID-19 Positive Residentshttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Join-the-Fight-Monoclonal-Antibody-Therapeutics-for-High-Risk-COVID-19-Positive-Residents.aspxJoin the Fight: Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics for High-Risk COVID-19 Positive Residents7/29/2021 4:00:00 AM<p><span style="font-size:11pt;">COVID-19 and its variants are once again plaguing the country as we see case counts rise once again. The COVID-19 vaccine is critical in slowing the spread. In addition to the vaccine, once a person is infected with COVID-19 and are considered high-risk, the focus should turn to treatment using monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and therapeutics.  <br></span><span style="font-size:11pt;"><br>The Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS ASPR) has updated the <a href="https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">CombatCOVID</a> website with new resources to support providers in the fight against COVID-19.   <br></span><span style="font-size:11pt;"><br>Included in the updates are: </span></p><div><ul><li><span style="font-size:11pt;">​New testimonials from healthcare providers. </span></li><li>Promising practice briefs that describe how health care leaders have improved access to mAb treatment for high-risk patients with COVID-19. </li><li>A <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CombatCOVIDgov" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">Facebook Live</a> event on Thursday, August 5 at 12 PM EST featuring experts from ASPR and the CDC discussing COVID-19 variants. ​<br></li></ul></div>COVID-19 and its variants are once again plaguing the country as we see case counts rise once again.
Disability Nondiscrimination Laws Now Support People with Long COVIDhttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Disability-Nondiscrimination-Laws-Now-Support-People-with-Long-COVID-.aspxDisability Nondiscrimination Laws Now Support People with Long COVID7/28/2021 4:00:00 AM<div>​This week on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice jointly published <a href="https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/civil-rights-covid19/guidance-long-covid-disability/index.html" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">guidance​</a> on how disability nondiscrimination laws apply to people with "long COVID." This applies to those who may be newly covered because of the impact of the COVID-19 infection.  <br></div><div> </div><div>The guidance discusses when long COVID may be considered a disability under the ADA and other federal civil rights laws. The guidance, along with a <a href="https://acl.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/ACL_LongCOVID.pdf" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">directory of resources</a>, is available through programs funded by the Administration for Community Living. It was shared by the White House as part of a <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/07/26/fact-sheet-biden-harris-administration-marks-anniversary-of-americans-with-disabilities-act-and-announces-resources-to-support-individuals-with-long-covid/" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">comprehensive package of resources</a> for people with disabilities, including those with long COVID and other post-COVID conditions.   </div><div> </div><div>You can also <a href="https://www.hhs.gov/blog/2021/07/26/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-at-31.html" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">read ​</a>HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s full statement on this and other topics. ​<br></div><p>​<br></p>This week on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
New Updates to Regulatory and Agency COVID-19 Guidelineshttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/New-Updates-to-Regulatory-and-Agency-COVID-19-Guidelines-.aspxNew Updates to Regulatory and Agency COVID-19 Guidelines7/28/2021 4:00:00 AM<div>​With the Delta variant spreading rampantly throughout the U.S., AHCA/NCAL wants to keep members informed of the recent COVID-19 regulatory and Agency updates:   </div><div><br></div><div><ul><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/HHS-Extends-COVID-19-Public-Health-Emergency-Through-October-18.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Through October 18</a></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/OSHA-Extends-Comment-Period-for-COVID-19-ETS.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">OSHA Extends Comment Period for COVID-19 ETS </a></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/New-Monoclonal-Antibody-Calculator.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">New Monoclonal Antibody Calculator </a><br></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/CMS-Updates-Emergency-Preparedness-Exercise-Exemption.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" style="font-size:11pt;">​CMS Updates Emergency Preparedness Exercise Exemption ​</a></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/CDC-Recommends-COVID-19-Negative-Staff-Avoid-Working-While-Acutely-Ill.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">CDC Recommends COVID-19 Negative Staff Avoid Working While Acutely Ill ​</a><br></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/HHS-Releases-Updated-PRF-Reporting-Requirements.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">HHS Releases Updated PRF Reporting Requirements</a><span style="font-size:11pt;"> </span></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/CMS-Updates-Visitation-Guidance-for-ICFIID-.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">CMS Updates Visitation Guidance for ICF/IID </a></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/MACs-Resume-Post-Pay-Medical-Review-of-Claims-Submitted-During-COVID-19-PHE.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">MACs Resume Post-Pay Medical Review of Claims Submitted During COVID-19 PHE</a><span style="font-size:11pt;"> </span></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/CMPs-to-Start-June-14.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">Vaccine Reporting Requirements: CMPs to start June 21</a><span style="font-size:11pt;"> </span></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Guidelines-for-Implementing-a-Vaccine-Requirement-for-Employees.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">Guidelines for Implementing a Vaccine Requirement for Employees</a><span style="font-size:11pt;"> </span></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/New-NIOSH-Guidance-on-N-95-Respirators.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">New NIOSH Guidance on N-95 Respirators</a><span style="font-size:11pt;"> </span></li><li><a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Interim-Final-Rule-on-COVID-19-Vaccine-Requirements-for-LTCF-and-ICFs-IID.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for LTCF and ICFs-IID</a><span style="font-size:11pt;"> </span></li><li>​<a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/long-term-care.html" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">CDC Updates Infection Control Expectations for Nursing Homes</a><span style="font-size:11pt;"> <br><br></span></li></ul><span style="font-size:11pt;">AHCA/NCAL</span><span style="font-size:11pt;"> is also offering an online course, </span><em style="font-size:11pt;"><a href="https://educate.ahcancal.org/products/infection-prevention-control-in-the-post-covid-19-world" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">Infection Prevention and Control in the Post-COVID-19 World</a></em><span style="font-size:11pt;">. It reviews how COVID-19 spreads, how to track and report the illness, and describes the regulatory requirements for infection prevention and control. In addition to the basics of infection prevention and control practices, the future of infection prevention and control are discussed. Read more information about this course.   </span><br></div><div><div><br></div><div>Questions on any COVID-19 matters can be directed to <a href="mailto:covid19@ahca.org" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">COVID-19@ahca.org</a>. </div><div><br></div><div> <br></div><br></div><div><br><br></div><p>​</p>With the Delta variant spreading rampantly throughout the U.S., AHCA/NCAL wants to keep members informed of the recent COVID-19 regulatory and Agency updates

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