Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Visit this website daily for the latest information that the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) has to share about COVID-19. As new updates are available, we are working with our state partners, including the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), to ensure long-term care providers receive necessary guidance to prevent the spread of this disease.

IDPH Reporting Hotline

To ask questions about COVID-19 and to report possible outbreaks of respiratory illness (when two or more residents or staff report fever and respiratory illness) call:
During Business Hours: 800-362-2736
After Business Hours Only: 515-323-4360 (This will take you to the State Patrol dispatch who will notify the state epidemiologist.)

IHCA Provider Conference Calls

IHCA All Provider Conference Call – COVID-19 Weekly Update
Every Tuesday | 10 a.m.
Call-in code to be emailed to providers on Mondays prior to call.
Members can also login to our Member Portal to get the call-in code here.

Response Toolkit

IHCA COVID-19 Crisis Response Toolkit – last updated 4/1/20 (requires login)

Recent Updates

IHCA COVID-19 Provider Update Call Notes – 3/31/20

Childcare Resources

IDHS COVID-19 Childcare Resources – 3/23/20

For more Childcare Resources see STAFFING

Communications

AHCA/NCAL Conversations with Residents, Families and Staff – 4/2/20

For more Communications Resources see COMMUNICATIONS

Disinfectants

EPA – List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 – posted 3/26/20

For more Hand Hygiene Resources see PREVENTION

Infection Control

DIA – Summary of the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Acute and Continuing Care Providers – 4/7/20

IHCA – Questions Asked During DIA Infection Control Survey– 4/1/20

DIA Information Required for AL Infection Control Survey– 3/31/20

DIA – COVID-19 Focused Survey Protocol (NF) – 3/26/20

DIA – COVID-19 Focused Survey Entrance Conference Worksheet (NF) – 3/26/20

DIA – COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes (NF) – 3/26/20

DIA – Summary of the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes (NF) – 3/26/20

For more Infection Control Resources see COORDINATION

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

IDPH Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Long-Term Care Webinar Recording – 4/6/20

IDPH Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Long-Term Care Webinar Presentation Slides – 4/6/20

IDPH Guidance for Iowans to Sew Cloth Gowns for Healthcare Providers– 4/5/20

IDPH Use of Homemade Gowns for Patient Care When Commercially-produced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is Unavailable – 4/5/20

IHCA Media Statement – PPE Donations Encouraged – 4/3/20

IDPH Personal Protective Equipment Guidance – updated 4/1/20

IHCA Guidance on IDPH Personal Protective Equipment Guidance– 4/2/20

IHCA FAQs, PPE, Exposure, Screening and Testing – 3/31/20

IHCA Simple PPE Calculator – 3/31/20

CDC Burn Rate Calculator – 3/31/20

IDPH Use of Homemade Face Masks with Face Shields for Patient Care When Commercially Produced PPE is Unavailable – 3/31/20

IDPH Guidance for Iowans to Sew Homemade Masks for Healthcare Providers – 3/31/20

IDPH Guidance for Face Mask/Respirator Extended Use and Re-use – 3/31/20

IHCA PPE Guidance – 3/26/20

Emergency Management County Coordinators – Contact regarding PPE needs – 3/26/20

AHCA PPE Donation Request Template – 3/26/20

For more PPE Resources see CONTAINMENT

Prevention

IHCA Guidance for Independent Living Connected to Licensed Levels of Care (AL, SNF)– 4/2/20

IHCA Protocols to Address ALP Tenants Who Leave Programs for Family Visits and/or Non-Necessary Shopping – 4/2/20

Regulatory Guidance

IHCA COVID-19 Regulatory Relief Summary – 4/6/20 (requires login)

CMS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Guidance – 4/2/20

CMS, CCSQ Call with Home Health and Hospice Providers (ZIP) – 3/31/20

Telehealth Communications and HIPAA Guidance – 3/31/20

CMS Memo Regarding Section 1135 Flexibilities Requested in March 24, 2020 Communication – 3/31/20

CMS – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers – 3/31/20

AHCA – CMS Issues Blanket Regulatory Waivers – 3/31/20

CMS – QSO-20-20-ALL – Prioritization of Survey Activities– 3/23/20

For more Regulatory Guidance Resources see COORDINATION

Reimbursement

IDHS Waivers and Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 – 4/2/20

IDHS Update to Billing Services for Telehealth Related to COVID-19 – 4/2/20

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Overview– 4/2/20

Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet for Borrowers– 4/2/20

Paycheck Protection Program Application Form– 4/2/20

AHCA – Accelerated and Advance Payments FAQs – 4/1/20

SBA Loan Eligibility– 4/1/20

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus – 3/30/20

CMS Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency – 3/30/20

For more Reimbursement Resources see COORDINATION

Response Resources

IHCA COVID-19 Crisis Response Toolkit – last updated 4/1/20 (requires login)

DIA COVID-19 Notification Process for Health Facilities – 3/31/20

IDPH Checklist for Long-Term Care Facilities Experiencing COVID-19 Outbreaks – 3/31/20

AHCA – What to Do When COVID-19 Gets into Your LTC Facility – 3/26/20

CDC COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care Settings (NF and AL) posted 3/26/20

For more Response Resources see CONTAINMENT

Staffing

Third-Party Background Check Providers – 4/6/20

AHCA/NCAL Screening Checklist for Visitors and Staff (All) – updated 4/1/20

Iowa Board of Nursing Memo Regarding Licensure – 4/1/20

Essential Worker Certificate– 4/1/20

DOL – Families First Coronoavirus Act (FFCRA) FAQ – Exempts Health Care Providers – See FAQ Number 56 – 3/31/20

DOL – FFCRA Poster – 4/2/20

Apollo – New Resource to Connect Facilities in Need of Emergency Staffing – 3/30/20

CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 – 3/30/20

IDPH – Isolation Guidance for Essential Services Personnel – 3/22/20

For more Staffing Resources see STAFFING

Testing Resources

Mobile Sites – 3/31/20

Updated Diagnostic Testing– 3/31/20

COVID-19 Priority Testing – 3/31/20

US Public Health Service – Priorities for Testing Patients With Suspected COVID-19 Infection – 3/26/20

IDHS COVID-19 Testing Swab Resources – 3/21/20

For more Testing Resources see PREVENTION

Visitor Guidance

IHCA Protocols to Address ALP Tenants Who Leave Programs for Family Visits and/or Non-Necessary Shopping – 4/2/20

IHCA Letter Template Regarding ALP Tenants Who Leave Programs for Family Visits and/or Non-Necessary Shopping – 4/2/20

AHCA Guidance on Essential Staff Entering Your Building – 3/23/20

DIA Visitor Guidance for ALs and RCFs – 3/19/20

For more Visitor Guidance see PREVENTION

RESOURCES BY TOPIC

Prevention (Communal Dining, Hand Hygiene, Testing, Visitors)

Prevention (Communal Dining, Hand Hygiene, Testing, Visitors)

IHCA Guidance for Independent Living Connected to Licensed Levels of Care (AL, SNF)– 4/2/20

Communal Dining

Martin Brothers Webinar: Conquering Non-Communal Dining – 3/17/20

AHCA Guidance: PPE Supply Shortage and Communal Dining – 3/16/20

AHCA Guidance: Communal Dining for COVID-19 – 3/15/20

Hand Hygiene & Disinfectants

EPA – List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 – posted 3/26/20

CDC – FAQs About Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Professionals Responding to COVID-19 – 3/21/20

FDA Provides Guidance on Hand Sanitizer – 3/20/20

CDC Hand Hygiene in Health Care Settings

Staff Monitoring

CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 – 3/30/20

IDPH – Isolation Guidance for Essential Services Personnel – 3/22/20

AHCA Start of Shift Daily Employee Temp Log – 3/17/20

CDC Long-Term Care Respiratory Surveillance Line List – 3/17/20

CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19

IDPH: Iowans Returning from Countries Affected by COVID-19 Urged to Self Isolate  – 3/3/20

Testing

Mobile Sites – 3/31/20

Updated Diagnostic Testing– 3/31/20

COVID-19 Priority Testing – 3/31/20

US Public Health Service – Priorities for Testing Patients With Suspected COVID-19 Infection – 3/26/20

IDHS COVID-19 Testing Swab Resources – 3/21/20

IDPH COVID-19 Testing Framework for Iowa– 3/13/20

Visitor Guidance

IHCA Protocols to Address ALP Tenants Who Leave Programs for Family Visits and/or Non-Necessary Shopping – 4/2/20

IHCA Letter Template Regarding ALP Tenants Who Leave Programs for Family Visits and/or Non-Necessary Shopping – 4/2/20

AHCA Guidance on Essential Staff Entering Your Building – 3/23/20

DIA Visitor Guidance for ALs and RCFs – 3/19/20

IHCA Member Update: New CMS Visitation Restrictions – 3/14/20

CMS Announces New Measures to Protect Nursing Home Residents from COVID-19 – 3/13/20

AHCA/NCAL Statement on Federal Visitor Guidance – 3/13/20

IHCA Essential Visitor Recommendation Clarification – 3/12/20 (requires login)

AHCA/NCAL Visitor Guidance for Nursing Homes – 3/10/20

AHCA/NCAL Visitor Guidance for Assisted Living – 3/10/20

AHCA/NCAL/CMS Visitor Guidance– 3/10/20

AHCA Screening Checklist for SNF Vistors – 3/9/20

Additional Resources

CDC – Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control FAQs for COVID-19 – 3/30/20

AHCA – Laundry Guidance – 3/21/20

IDPH Encourages Long-Term Care Facilities to Protect Residents from COVID-19 – 3/12/20

CMS Sends More Detailed Guidance to Providers about COVID-19 – 3/10/20

AHCA Guidance for Infection Control & Prevention of COVID -19

HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus Guidance – US Dept. of Health and Human Services

Recommendations for Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19 Outbreak, Washington State Department of Health – 3/3/20

IDPH: Iowans Returning from Countries Affected by COVID-19 Urged to Self Isolate  – 3/3/20

Containment (Emergency Preparedness, PPE, Response Toolkit)

Containment (Emergency Preparedness, PPE, Response Toolkit)

Emergency Preparedness Planning

NAHC Coronavirus Home Care and Hospice Checklist – 3/17/20

Pandemic Policy – This resource was donated by an ICAL member. (ALL)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

IDPH Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Long-Term Care Webinar Recording – 4/6/20

IDPH Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Long-Term Care Webinar Presentation Slides – 4/6/20

IDPH Guidance for Iowans to Sew Cloth Gowns for Healthcare Providers– 4/5/20

IDPH Use of Homemade Gowns for Patient Care When Commercially-produced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is Unavailable – 4/5/20

IHCA Media Statement – PPE Donations Encouraged – 4/3/20

IDPH Personal Protective Equipment Guidance – updated 4/1/20

IHCA Guidance on IDPH Personal Protective Equipment Guidance– 4/2/20

IHCA FAQs, PPE, Exposure, Screening and Testing – 3/31/20

IHCA Simple PPE Calculator – 3/31/20

CDC Burn Rate Calculator – 3/31/20

IDPH Use of Homemade Face Masks with Face Shields for Patient Care When Commercially Produced PPE is Unavailable – 3/31/20

IDPH Guidance for Iowans to Sew Homemade Masks for Healthcare Providers – 3/31/20

IDPH Guidance for Face Mask/Respirator Extended Use and Re-use – 3/31/20

CDC – Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control FAQs for COVID-19 – 3/30/20

IHCA PPE Guidance – 3/26/20

Emergency Management County Coordinators – Contact regarding PPE needs – 3/26/20

AHCA PPE Donation Request Template – 3/26/20

AHCA Beware of COVID-19 Scams Selling PPE or Other Supplies – 3/21/20

Protective Equipment Resources – 3/19/20

CDC Guidance on Use of Masks, Gowns and Eye Protection to Conserve Supplies – 3/18/20

OHCA Tips to Conserve PPE – 3/17/20

AHCA Guidance: PPE Supply Shortage and Communal Dining – 3/16/20

HHS to Procure N95 Respirators to Support Healthcare Workers in COVID-19 Outbreaks – 3/4/20

FDA/CDC Take Action to Increase Access to Respirators, including N95s -3/2/2020

CDC Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment

CDC Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 respirators in health care settings

Response Resources

DIA COVID-19 Notification Process for Health Facilities – 3/31/20

IDPH Checklist for Long-Term Care Facilities Experiencing COVID-19 Outbreaks – 3/31/20

AHCA – What to Do When COVID-19 Gets into Your LTC Facility – 3/26/20

CDC COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care Settings (NF and AL) posted 3/26/20

IHCA – What to do if an  EMPLOYEE tests positive for COVID-19 – 3/23/20 (requires login)

IHCA – What to do if an  RESIDENT tests positive for COVID-19 – 3/23/20 (requires login)

IHCA COVID-19 Crisis Response Toolkit – 3/20/20 (requires login)

Health Dimensions Group – Skilled Nursing & Senior Living COVID-19 Response & Resource Guide – 3/23/20

HealthCap COVID-19 Response Resources – 3/20/20

IDPH Update on CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus – 3/11/20

Coordination (Admissions, Regulatory Guidance, Reimbursement, Reporting)

Coordination (Regulatory Guidance, Reimbursement, Reporting)

Infection Control

DIA – Summary of the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Acute and Continuing Care Providers – 4/7/20

IHCA – Questions Asked During DIA Infection Control Survey– 4/1/20

DIA Information Required for AL Infection Control Survey– 3/31/20

DIA – COVID-19 Focused Survey Protocol (NF) – 3/26/20

DIA – COVID-19 Focused Survey Entrance Conference Worksheet (NF) – 3/26/20

DIA – COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes (NF) – 3/26/20

DIA – Summary of the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes (NF) – 3/26/20

Regulatory Guidance

IHCA COVID-19 Regulatory Relief Summary – 4/6/20 (requires login)

CMS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Guidance – 4/2/20

CMS, CCSQ Call with Home Health and Hospice Providers (ZIP) – 3/31/20

HIPPA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus – 3/31/20

Telehealth Communications and HIPAA Guidance– 3/31/20

CMS Memo Regarding Section 1135 Flexibilities Requested in March 24, 2020 Communication – 3/31/20

CMS – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers – 3/31/20

AHCA – CMS Issues Blanket Regulatory Waivers – 3/31/20

CMS – QSO-20-20-ALL – Prioritization of Survey Activities– 3/23/20

AHCA – COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes – 3/20/20

CMS –  QSO-20-14-NH – Informational Letter to Surveyors Regarding Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes– revised 3/13/20

CMS – QSO-20-18-HHA – Informational Letter with Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 for Home Health Agencies – 3/10/20

CMS – QSO-20-17-ALL – Informational Letter to Surveyors Regarding Guidance for use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel – 3/10/20

CMS – QSO-20-12-ALL – Informational Letter to Surveyors Regarding Suspension of Survey Activities– 3/4/20

CMS- QSO-20-09-ALL – Informational Letter to Surveyors Regarding COVID-19– 2/6/20

DIA COVID-19 Webpage – 3/24/20

DIA Takes Action to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus in Iowa – 3/6/20

Reimbursement

IDHS Waivers and Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 – 4/2/20

IDHS Update to Billing Services for Telehealth Related to COVID-19 – 4/2/20

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Overview– 4/2/20

Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet for Borrowers– 4/2/20

Paycheck Protection Program Application Form– 4/2/20

AHCA – Accelerated and Advance Payments FAQs – 4/1/20

SBA Loan Eligibility– 4/1/20

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus – 3/30/20

CMS Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency – 3/30/20

IDHS Information Letter 2119-MC-FFS-CVC – Update to Billing Services Related to Coronavirus – 3/19/20

CMS Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak – 3/17/20

CMS Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet – 3/17/20

CMS Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions – 3/17/20

CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet – Blanket Waivers – 3/17/20

IHCA 1135 Waiver Guidance – 3/13/20

Reporting

Suspected COVID SBAR Reporting Form Sample – 3/17/20

IDPH Protocol for Iowa Long-term Care Facilities reporting two or greater residents or staff reporting respiratory illness– 3/13/20

IHCA Public Health Reporting Obligations Guidance – updated 3/13/20

IHCA Public Health Reporting Obligations – FAQs – 3/10/20

Staffing (Childcare Resources, Monitoring, Nurse Consultants, Training)

Staffing (Childcare Resources, Monitoring, Nurse Consultants, Training)

Iowa Board of Nursing Memo Regarding Licensure – 4/1/20

Background Check Resources

Third-Party Background Check Providers – 4/6/20

Childcare Resources

IDHS COVID-19 Childcare Resources – 3/23/20

IDHS Childcare Guidance in Response to COVID-19 – 3/14/20

Communications

AHCA Sample Letter Templates to Employees Regarding Infection Control Protection – 3/9/20

Legal Guidance

Comprehensive FAQs for Employers on COVID-19 – Fisher Phillips – 3/6/20

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Health Care Providers – Davis Brown Health Law Blog – 2/21/20

Coronavirus in the Workplace – Davis Brown Employment and Labor Law Blog – 2/20/20

Preparing for a Possible Pandemic – Davis Brown Law Webinar (requires registration)

Handling Communicable Disease Exposure in the Workplace, Jo Ellen Whitney

Staffing Resources

Essential Worker Certificate– 4/1/20

DOL – Families First Coronoavirus Act FAQ – Exempts Health Care Providers – See FAQ Number 56 – 3/31/20

DOL – FFCRA Poster – 4/2/20

Apollo – New Resource to Connect Facilities in Need of Emergency Staffing – 3/30/20

IHCA Nurse Consultants – COVID-19 Issues– 3/9/20

Staff Monitoring

AHCA/NCAL Screening Checklist for Visitors and Staff (All) – updated 4/1/20

CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 – 3/30/20

IDPH – Isolation Guidance for Essential Services Personnel – 3/22/20

CDC Long-Term Care Respiratory Surveillance Line List – 3/17/20

CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19

IDPH: Iowans Returning from Countries Affected by COVID-19 Urged to Self Isolate  – 3/3/20

Training Resources

CDC – Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control FAQs for COVID-19 – 3/30/20

National Association of Health Care Assistants Free COVID-19 for Certified Nursing Assistants – 3/20/20

Communications (Crisis Response, Visitation Communications)

RESOURCES BY SOURCE

Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA)

Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA)

Media Statements

IHCA Media Statement – PPE Donations Encouraged – 4/3/20

IHCA Media Statement Regarding COVID-19 Reports at Long-Term Care Facilities – 3/25/20

IHCA Media Statement Regarding New Federal Government Long-Term Care Visitation Guidance for COVID-19– 3/14/20

IHCA Media Statement Regarding COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Visitation Guidance – 3/11/20

Webinars

IHCA COVID-19 Provider Update Call Notes – 3/31/20

IHCA COVID-19 Provider Update Call Notes – 3/24/20

IHCA COVID-19 Provider Update Call Notes – 3/17/20

IHCA COVID-19 Provider Update Call Notes – 3/10/20

IHCA COVID-19 Provider Update Call Notes– 3/5/20

IHCA COVID-19 Provider Update Call Recordings – (requires login)

Bulletin Articles

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update for the Week – 3/18/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Resources for Members – 3/11/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19: What You Need to Know – 3/4/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: Additional Coronavirus Resources – 2/26/20 (requires login)

Guidance

IHCA COVID-19 Regulatory Relief Summary – 4/6/20 (requires login)

IHCA Third-Party Background Check Providers – 4/6/20

IHCA Guidance on IDPH Personal Protective Equipment Guidance– 4/2/20

IHCA Guidance for Independent Living Connected to Licensed Levels of Care (AL, SNF)– 4/2/20

IHCA Protocols to Address ALP Tenants Who Leave Programs for Family Visits and/or Non-Necessary Shopping – 4/2/20

IHCA – Questions Asked During DIA Infection Control Survey– 4/1/20

IHCA FAQs, PPE, Exposure, Screening and Testing – 3/31/20

IHCA Simple PPE Calculator – 3/31/20

IHCA PPE Guidance – 3/26/20

IHCA – What to do if an  EMPLOYEE tests positive for COVID-19 – 3/23/20 (requires login)

IHCA – What to do if an  RESIDENT tests positive for COVID-19 – 3/23/20 (requires login)

IHCA COVID-19 Crisis Response Toolkit – 3/20/20 (requires login)

IHCA Summary of Iowa State of Emergency Impact on Long-Term Care Providers – 3/19/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Update: New CMS Visitation Restrictions – 3/14/20

IHCA 1135 Waiver Guidance – 3/13/20

IHCA Essential Visitor Recommendation Clarification – 3/12/20 (requires login)

IHCA Media Guidance for Members – 3/11/20 (requires login)

IHCA Public Health Reporting Obligations Guidance – updated 3/13/20

IHCA Public Health Reporting Obligations – FAQs – 3/10/20

IHCA Nurse Consultants – COVID-19 Issues– 3/9/20

IHCA Coronavrius Guidance

Local Health Department Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

IDPH Coronavirus News Updates

IDPH EPI Weekly Updates

IDPH EPI Update: COVID-19 Guidance for Health Care Providers and Facilities

Webinars

IDPH Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Long-Term Care Webinar Recording – 4/6/20

IDPH Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Long-Term Care Webinar Presentation Slides – 4/6/20

IDPH COVID-19 Webinar for Long-Term Care Facilities -3/4/20

Guidance

IDPH Guidance for Iowans to Sew Cloth Gowns for Healthcare Providers– 4/5/20

IDPH Use of Homemade Gowns for Patient Care When Commercially-produced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is Unavailable – 4/5/20

IDPH Personal Protective Equipment Guidance – updated 4/1/20

IDPH Checklist for Long-Term Care Facilities Experiencing COVID-19 Outbreaks – 3/31/20

IDPH Use of Homemade Face Masks with Face Shields for Patient Care When Commercially Produced PPE is Unavailable – 3/31/20

IDPH Guidance for Iowans to Sew Homemade Masks for Healthcare Providers – 3/31/20

IDPH Guidance for Face Mask/Respirator Extended Use and Re-use – 3/31/20

IDPH – Isolation Guidance for Essential Services Personnel – 3/22/20

IDPH COVID-19 Testing Framework for Iowa– 3/13/20

IDPH Protocol for Iowa Long-term Care Facilities Reporting Two or Greater Residents or Staff Reporting Respiratory Illness– 3/13/20

IDPH Encourages Long-Term Care Facilities to Protect Residents from COVID-19 – 3/12/20

IDPH Update on CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus – 3/11/20

IDPH COVID-10 Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities – 3/2/20

IDPH Coronavirus Resources

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

What’s New at the CDC

CDC Latest COVID-19 News Updates

Resources for Health Care Facilities

CDC COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care Settings (NF and AL) posted 3/26/20

CDC – FAQs About Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Professionals Responding to COVID-19 – 3/21/20

CDC Long-Term Care Respiratory Surveillance Line List – 3/17/20

CDC Guidance for People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19 – 3/12/20

CDC Environmental Infection Control Guidelines

CDC Isolation Precautions

CDC Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for COVID-19

CDC Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

CDC Interim Guidance for Health Care Facilities: Preparing for COVID-19

CDC Hand Hygiene in Health Care Settings

CDC COVID-19 Prevention & Treatment

CDC Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation – 3/4/20

CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed COVID-19 or Persons Under Investigation in Healthcare Settings – 2/21/20

Staffing

CDC – Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control FAQs for COVID-19 – 3/30/20

CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 – 3/30/20

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus

CDC Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for Novel Coronavirus – 2/21/20

Personal Protective Equipment

CDC Burn Rate Calculator – 3/31/20

CDC Guidance on Use of Masks, Gowns and Eye Protection to Conserve Supplies – 3/18/20

CDC Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet – 3/17/20

CMS Announces New Measures to Protect Nursing Home Residents from COVID-19 – 3/13/20

Podcasts

CMS COVID-19 Podcasts – 4/3/20

Reimbursement

CMS Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency – 3/30/20

CMS Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak – 3/17/20

CMS Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet – 3/17/20

CMS Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions – 3/17/20

CMS Information Related to COVID-19 – 3/12/20

CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests – 3/5/20

Medicare Now Covers Coronavirus Testing – 3/2/20

CMS COVID-19: New ICD-10-CM Code and Interim Coding Guidance 

Infection Control

CMS Announced Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus – 3/4/20

CMS Long Term Care Infection Control Self-Assessment Tool Checklist

Regulatory Guidance

CMS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Guidance – 4/2/20

CMS, CCSQ Call with Home Health and Hospice Providers (ZIP) – 3/31/20

CMS – COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers – 3/31/20

CMS Memo Regarding Section 1135 Flexibilities Requested in March 24, 2020 Communication – 3/31/20

CMS – QSO-20-20-ALL – Prioritization of Survey Activities– 3/23/20

CMS –  QSO-20-14-NH – Informational Letter to Surveyors Regarding Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes– revised 3/13/20

CMS – QSO-20-18-HHA – Informational Letter with Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 for Home Health Agencies – 3/10/20

CMS – QSO-20-17-ALL – Informational Letter to Surveyors Regarding Guidance for use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel – 3/10/20

CMS – QSO-20-12-ALL – Informational Letter to Surveyors Regarding Suspension of Survey Activities– 3/4/20

CMS- QSO-20-09-ALL – Informational Letter to Surveyors Regarding COVID-19– 2/6/20

American Health Care Association (AHCA)/National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) The Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (AMDA)

The Society of Post-Acute and Long-term Care (AMDA)

AMDA Updates on COVID-19 – posted 3/19/20

AMDA COVID-Guidance – 2/28/20