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LeadingAge Continues Federal Advocacy on PPE

On June 16, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

Six weeks after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it would coordinate a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE), totaling a 14-day supply, to Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes across the United States, significant numbers of facilities across the country still have not received a shipment. Some that have received supplies have found them to be low quality, even expired in some cases, or delivered in quantities smaller than expected. 

Tell Lawmakers to Prioritize Seniors in the COVID-19 Response

On June 2, 2020 by Libbie Chapuran

Senior services providers are called to join in advocacy for priority personal protective equipment and testing, and the financial support to continue caring for our nation’s seniors now and after the pandemic recedes.  

Opportunities for Prevention and Detection of COVID-19

On May 26, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

You have PPE needs. Value First has solutions that will help you prevent and detect COVID-19 in your setting. From reusable gowns and face masks to test kits and alarm systems that prevent anyone with a temperature from entering your building, check out these solutions:

Inspections, Testing Top Long-Term Care Priorities of House Task Force

On May 5, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

A new blueprint introduced by the U.S> House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families on will make long-term care and affordable seniors housing a priority for future pandemic relief. The blueprint includes:  

Push for Transparency in Assisted Living is Met with Request to Prioritize PPE & Testing

On May 5, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

Three members of Congress recently asked 11 assisted living companies to detail their case counts and strategies related to COVID-19, including their use of personal protective equipment, testing, visitation polices, and sick leave, family leave, medical leave and hazard pay offered to employees. LeadingAge and Argentum used this call for information as an opportunity to push the federal government to prioritize assisted living operators for PPE and other resources to combat COVID-19. 

CMS Freezes Five Star Health Inspections Rating and Answers Frequently Asked Questions

On April 29, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

CMS recently released Quality Safety and Oversight Memorandum QSO-20-28-NH, addressing a number of questions relating to nursing homes and the fight against COVID-19. This article shares the highlights, and we encourage you to review the entire memo and share it with your teams.  

House Task Force Presses for $100 Million in Long Term Care Funding

On April 28, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

A newly-formed Democratic task force in the U.S. House is pushing Congress to immediately distribute $100 million in funding to aid infection control efforts in senior care settings. Among the priorities:  

PPE: Possibly Headed to Nursing Homes, But We Demand More for All Senior Care Providers

On April 28, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

According to a news report, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be direct shipping PPE – masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection – to every one of the 15,400 nursing homes in the nation.  While this forthcoming action is welcome, it is not nearly enough. It is unacceptable to not provide PPE to ALL senior care and living providers.   

PPE: What PPE to Use When – New MDH Chart

On April 28, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

Knowing what PPE to use continues to be one of the most frequently asked questions we hear from members. A new chart from MDH brings clarity to this hot topic. 

Ask Congress to Include Aging Services Relief in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

On April 14, 2020 by Libbie Chapuran

Congress is working on the next COVID-19 relief bill. Contact our senators and your representative to tell them to include this funding and critical resources for aging services providers:  

MN Senate COVID-19 Response Working Group Focuses on Long-Term Care

On April 8, 2020 by Libbie Chapuran

The Minnesota Senate COVID-19 Response Working Group met yesterday, focusing their work on the impact on the long-term care community. LeadingAge Minnesota member Deb Barnes, Executive Director at Lakeview Methodist Health Care, began the hearing with testimony about the impact of COVID-19 in long-term care settings.  

$2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package Supports Aging Services Providers

On April 1, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

final package includes many of the priorities we have been advocating for, including an emergency fund to support health care providers that include aging services and temporarily suspending sequestration reductions to all free-for-service Medicare claims. 

State Works to Inventory and Increase Availability of PPE

On March 25, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

In an effort to ensure that Minnesota health care facilities have the resources needed to treat patients, Governor Walz this week issued Executive Order 20-16 which requires any Minnesota business, nonprofit or non-hospital health care facility – excluding nursing homes – to submit an inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and donate what they are not using for critical health care or essential services. This process should result in more PPE becoming available. 

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