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COVID-19 Update May 20, 2020

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Thursday, May 21, 2020

May 20, 2020


COVID-19 Update

Next Week’s LeadingAge NC COVID-19 Call-in
Moved to May 26

In recognition of Memorial Day, next week’s LeadingAge North Carolina “COVID-19 Call-in” will be held on Tuesday, May 26 at 2 pm. Call-in to share what you’re hearing, seeing, and doing and learn from your peers across the state. To access the call, dial (201) 616-0673 and, when prompted, enter the passcode 841692.

NHSN Reporting
CDC’s NHSN COVID-19 LTC Module reporting is now required by CMS. Providers have until May 24 until CMS will implement enforcement remedies. If you are still awaiting something in order to report, please email me at and cc: Cindy Deporter at DHSR at on the note.

PPP Member Survey
LeadingAge national is fielding a short (5 question) member survey on the Paycheck Protection Program loans. The survey link is here: National is looking to gauge whether members are accessing these loans and which member types are doing so more than others. National is also using this to gather stories both from those who have and have not received PPP loans to support advocacy efforts in this area.

CMS Reopening Guidelines for Nursing Homes
CMS issued recommendations to state and local officials on Monday related to reopening of nursing homes. These recommendations are to be considered along with a number of other community- and nursing home-specific factors and must be adopted and implemented by the state. CMS released a FAQ document to accompany this memo. LeadingAge provided a high-level analysis of these recommendations, available here.

States may choose from a number of options for how nursing homes within the state will progress through the phases of reopening. States must also consider a number of factors in determining when nursing homes may begin reopening. Reopening is contingent upon a testing strategy outlined by CMS, in which all nursing home residents and staff receive an initial baseline COVID-19 test. The testing strategy then outlines subsequent testing of residents and staff, which will be maintained throughout the 3 phases of reopening. The feasibility of this testing strategy and other factors such as adequate PPE and staffing, will impact reopening. We’re working with the state and other key stakeholders and will keep you updated as North Carolina finalizes its plans.

Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests
CMS has developed two codes that laboratories can use to bill for certain COVID-19 lab tests, including serology tests. CMS has updated its guidance to include payment details for additional CPT codes created by the American Medical Association. There is no cost-sharing for Medicare patients.

Springmoor, Sharon Towers Share Good News
Two of our member communities, Sharon Towers in Charlotte and Springmoor in Raleigh, recently shared good news from their communities with us. Click here for Sharon Tower’s story and click here for the one from Springmoor. Please send us your stories so we can share those with others around the state!

SBA Loan Forgiveness Application
The Small Business Administration has released the forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program loans. The application form is linked in the handout. Lenders will likely program the application into their own websites, and borrowers will need to fill out the application with their lender to get their loan principal forgiven. The PDF document in handouts, though, outlines the information and data that PPP borrowers will need to submit to get their loan forgiven. Borrowers will need to provide detailed information on how their funds were used, including payroll data at the employee level. We will have more information on this in the coming days.

FTC Blog on Stimulus Checks
On Friday, a new blog post came out from the Federal Trade Commission on the $1,200 stimulus checks that went out last month as they relate to nursing homes and assisted living. The blog posts states what we already know: that the stimulus checks are considered tax credits and cannot be taken from Medicaid residents. The article’s framing suggests that state attorneys general should get involved if facilities are taking these checks, so we definitely encourage you to read this piece.

LeadingAge Leadership Summit Cancelled
After thoughtful consideration for the health and welfare of member organizations and the people they serve, LeadingAge national has decided to cancel the 2020 Leadership Summit, scheduled for August 10-12 in Washington DC. While members may not come together for a live event in August, LeadingAge national is actively planning a series of online learning and networking opportunities to enable LeadingAge members to connect and share ideas. They look forward to sharing more about these opportunities in the coming weeks.

Those who have already registered for the 2020 Leadership Summit will be contacted directly regarding their registration fees. LeadingAge national will honor requests for credits or full refunds. They hope that those who have registered will take advantage of the option to apply their registration credit to a future event. Please look for an email with details on these options soon. Any hotel reservations booked through the Omni have been cancelled. No further action is required on your part.

Practical Tools for Staff Conversations
In an effort to help our leaders inspire and motivate their teams, here is today’s short tool:

Ralph Waldo Emerson asked “how much of life is lost waiting?”

Check in question: For many – our residents, our teams, our families – the pandemic has left us waiting for a sense of certainty, of connection, and of comfort. As we continue our vital work, what kinds of things can we do to instill a sense of purpose and hope in our lives and the lives of those around us?

COVID-19 Information Pages

In addition to these daily email updates, LeadingAge North Carolina is updating our COVID-19 resource page every day with information from trusted sources, including from our business members. Click here to view the entire page. Click here to view the section of the page that highlights business member expertise in areas such as investments, financing, human resources, and rehabilitation as those topics relate to COVID-19. In addition, LeadingAge national keeps their COVID-19 resource page updated. Be sure to bookmark these pages today!

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