Coronavirus Update #3 for Nursing Homes
Nursing Home Conference Call
with Health & Regulatory Partners
Wednesday, March 11, at 11:00 a.m. EST
Dial 1-866-951-1151 Room # 8484844
FHCA and Partners Nursing Home Conference Call on Coronavirus Wednesday, March 11, at 11:00 a.m. EST
FHCA will host a Nursing Home/Health & Regulatory Partners Conference Call on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) tomorrow (Wed., March 11) at 11:00 a.m. EST. Presenters/Areas of Focus include but are not limited to:
To access last week’s FHCA/Partners Provider Call recordings, click here.
Recent Updates for Nursing Centers
The Florida Department of Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued guidance regarding screening and restricting visitors in nursing homes. CMS has revised its QSO-20-14-NH Memo, Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) in Nursing Homes (March 9, 2020). According to the Memo, facilities should actively screen and restrict visitation by those who meet the following criteria:
FHCA has updated our Visitor Screening Toolkit to reflect the updated guidance from CMS and the Department of Health. The toolkit includes recommendations for restricting, limiting or discouraging visitors, resources for conducting visitor and employee screenings, as well as sample signage to post in your center to alert visitors to your screening activities. It’s designed to serve as a best practice to support centers’ COVID-19 prevention activities. Centers should consult their legal and clinical teams when developing and implementing any company-specific procedures and protocols. Special thanks to Clear Choice Health Care and Avante Group for their contributions to this document.
SNF-Hospital Transfer Communication Tool
FHCA, in partnership with the Florida Hospital Association, has developed a SNF to Hospital and Hospital to SNF COVID-19 Transfer Communication Tool. The tool can be used to document an individual’s medical status related to COVID-19 to help facilitate communication between nursing centers and hospitals during patient transfers and admissions.
Please continue visiting FHCA’s dedicated coronavirus web page, which includes updates from DOH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CMS and AHCA, along with links to support centers’ strategies for reducing the spread of COVID-19. R
FHCA will continue to provide updates on COVID-19 from our state and federal partners. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact FHCA: Deborah Franklin at email@example.com; Bob Asztalos at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Melanie Motiska at email@example.com. Media inquiries can be directed to Kristen Knapp at firstname.lastname@example.org.