Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

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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 Resources

Reopening Toolkit
Reopening Toolkit

IHCA COVID-19 Reopening Toolkit for Nursing Facilities – last updated 7/10/20 (requires login)

ICAL COVID-19 Reopening Toolkit for Assisted Living Programs – last updated 7/10/20 (requires login)

Response Toolkit
Response Toolkit

IHCA COVID-19 Crisis Response Toolkit – last updated 5/11/20 (requires login)

Regulatory Relief
Regulatory Relief

IHCA COVID-19 Regulatory Relief Summary – last updated 6/30/20 (requires login)

Provider Calls
All Provider Conference call – COVID-19 Update

Every Other 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.

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

IHCA COVID-19 Provider Update Call Links – 8/11/20 (requires login)

IHCA COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – last updated 8/11/20 (requires login)

Bulletin Updates

Bulletin Updates

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/22/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/15/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/8/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/1/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/24/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/17/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/10/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/3/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/27/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/20/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/13/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/6/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/29/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/22/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/15/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/8/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/1/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 3/25/20 (requires login)

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)

Members-Only Resources
IHCA Members-Only Resources

For more information on becoming an IHCA member, click here.

IHCA Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund – 6/9/20

Admissions

IHCA Recommendation for COVID-19 Testing of Hospital to Nursing Facility Transfers – 4/20/20 (requires login)

Bulletin Articles

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/22/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/15/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/8/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/1/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/24/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/17/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/10/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/3/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/27/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/20/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/13/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/6/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/29/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/22/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/15/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/8/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/1/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 3/25/20 (requires login)

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)

Communications

IHCA COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – last updated 7/10/20 (requires login)

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

IHCA Crisis Response Communications Toolkit – 3/20/20 (requires login)

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

Infection Control

Focused Infection Control Surveys and CARES Act Supplemental Funding Chart – 6/15/20 (requires login)

IHCA – Questions Asked During DIA Infection Control Survey- 4/10/20 (requires login)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

IHCA PPE Vendor Vetting Best Practices – 8/5/20 (requires login)

IHCA PPE Guidance for Long-term Care Employees – 6/11/20 (requires login)

IHCA Guidance on IDPH Personal Protective Equipment Guidance– 4/2/20 (requires login)

IHCA FAQs, PPE, Exposure, Screening and Testing – 3/31/20 (requires login)

IHCA Simple PPE Calculator – 3/31/20 (requires login)

Regulatory Guidance

IHCA Liability Immunity Guidance – 6/22/20 (requires login)

IHCA COVID-19 Regulatory Relief Summary – last updated 4/24/20 (requires login)

IHCA Summary of Relevant Provisions of Governor’s April 10 Proclamation – 4/14/20 (requires login)

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

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

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

Reimbursement

IHCA CARES Relief Payments Guidance – 4/23/20 (requires login)

IHCA 1135 Waiver Guidance – 3/13/20 (requires login)

Reopening

IHCA Reopening Kit (AL, SNF) – 6/11/20 (requires login)

Reporting

IHCA Public Health Reporting Obligations Guidance – updated 3/13/20 (requires login)

IHCA Public Health Reporting Obligations – FAQs – 3/10/20 (requires login)

Response Resources

IHCA COVID-19 Crisis Response Toolkit – last updated 5/11/20 (requires login)

Staffing

IHCA Guidance: Current Flexibilities for CNA/Temporary Nurse Aid in Iowa– 4/15/20 (requires login)

Third-Party Background Check Providers – 4/6/20 (requires login)

IHCA Nurse Consultants – COVID-19 Issues– 3/9/20 (requires login)

Testing

IHCA Testing Consent Form – 6/11/20 (requires login)

IHCA Guidance: Provider Questions Regarding Strike Teams – 5/12/20 (requires login)

Visitor Guidance

IHCA Reopening Kit (AL, SNF) – 6/11/20 (requires login)

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

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

IHCA Member Update: New CMS Visitation Restrictions – 3/14/20 (requires login)

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

ICHC Home Health Resources

Home Health COVID-19 Resources

AHCA/NCAL Resources

AHCA/NCAL COVID-19 Webpage – View daily updates from AHCA here.

AHCA/NCAL Online COVID Training

Recent Updates

IHCA COVID-19 Provider Update Call Links – 8/11/20 (requires login)

IHCA COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – last updated 8/11/20 (requires login)

IHCA PPE Vendor Vetting Best Practices – 8/5/20 (requires login)

Vendors With PPE Supplies – last updated 8/4/20

RESOURCES BY TOPIC

Admissions Child Care Communal Dining Communications

Communications

IHCA COVID-19 Reopening Communications Tools and Templates – 6/11/20 (requires login)

IHCA Crisis Response Communications Toolkit – 3/20/20 (requires login)

Bulletin Articles

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/8/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 7/1/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/24/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/17/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/10/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/3/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/27/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/20/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/13/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/6/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/29/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/22/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/15/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/8/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/1/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 3/25/20 (requires login)

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)

IHCA Media Statements

IHCA Media Statement: What Long-Term Care Reopening Looks Like for Iowa Families – 7/2/20

IHCA Media Statement – Iowa’s Senior Health Care Workers Need Our Support – 4/24/20

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

Crisis Response Communications

IHCA Crisis Response Communications Toolkit – 3/20/20 (requires login)

AHCA Emergency Preparedness Requires a Communications Plan – 3/16/20

AHCA Sample Template Press Statement and Talking Points for Impacted Facilities – 3/16/20

Public Educational Materials

CDC Communication Resources – Fact Sheets, Handouts, Posters, etc. Ready to Print

Media Guidance

HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus Guidance – US Dept. of Health and Human Services– 3/31/20

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

Family and Staff Communications

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

AHCA Sample Template Press Statement and Talking Points for Non-Impacted Facilities – 3/16/20

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

AHCA Notice to Families Restricting Visitors– 3/10/20

Disinfectants & Hand Hygiene Emergency Preparedness Planning Focused Infection Control Survey Infection Control PPE

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

IHCA PPE Vendor Vetting Best Practices – 8/5/20 (requires login)

Vendors With PPE Supplies – last updated 8/4/20

IHCA PPE Guidance for Long-term Care Employees – 6/11/20 (requires login)

University of Southern Maine’s Cutler Institute PPE Training Program and Flyer– 5/19/10

FDA COVID-19 Update: FDA Continues to Combat Fraudulent COVID-19 Medical Products – 5/7/20

IDPH PPE Shortage Order – updated 4/25/20

CDC Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment

OSHA Enforcement Memorandums – 4/13/20

CDC PPE Resource Information – 4/10/20

AHCA PPE Donning Guidance -4/7/20

AHCE PPE Donning Posters – 4/7/20

AHCA PPE Donning Video – 4/7/20

University of Nebraska PPE Donning Video – 4/8/20

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 (requires login)

IHCA FAQs, PPE, Exposure, Screening and Testing – 3/31/20 (requires login)

IHCA Simple PPE Calculator – 3/31/20 (requires login)

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 (requires login)

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

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

Regulatory Guidance

Regulatory Guidance

IHCA Liability Immunity Guidance – 6/22/20 (requires login)

Focused Infection Control Surveys and CARES Act Supplemental Funding Chart – 6/15/20 (requires login)

IHCA COVID-19 Regulatory Relief Summary – last updated 4/24/20 (requires login)

CMS-QSO-20-26-NH – Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes – 4/19/20

IHCA Summary of Relevant Provisions of Governor’s April 10 Proclamation – 4/14/20 (requires login)

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

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

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

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

DIA COVID-19 Webpage – 3/24/20

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

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

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 Sends More Detailed Guidance to Providers about COVID-19 – 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 Takes Action to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus in Iowa – 3/6/20

Reimbursement

Reimbursement

AHCA Update: HHS FAQ Updates on Auditing and Funds Transfers – 7/23/20

AHCA/NCAL Informational Webinar on Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Beneficiaries with Representative Payees – 6/18/20

Focused Infection Control Surveys and CARES Act Supplemental Funding Chart – 6/15/20 (requires login)

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund FAQs – 5/27/20

Nursing Home Residents, Medicaid, and Stimulus Checks: What You Need to Know – 5/15/20

IDHS Informational Letter 2133-MC-FFS-CVD: CMP Grant for Communicative Technology During COVID-19– 5/6/20

CMP Application for Communicative Technology Requests FAQs – 4/28/20

CMP Reinvestment Application COVID-19 Communicative Technology Request– 4/28/20

COVID-19 Communicative Technology Application Approval Letter – 4/28/20

CMP Grant Application Questions: IMECMP@dhs.state.ia.us.

Telligen: Quick Guide to Implementing Telehealth in Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic -4/24/20

IHCA CARES Relief Payments Guidance – 4/23/20 (requires login)

PHSSEF Grant FAQs and Update – 4/15/20

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

IDHS Update to Billing Services for Telehealth Related to COVID-19 (IL 2126) – 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 (requires login)

Reopening Reporting

Reporting

CDC – National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

  1. Data availability is about 10-14 days behind your submission
  2. Enrollment and submission is mandatory – you should have your staff access and review WEEKLY the 2567 folder in the QIES CASPER system for any notices from CMS
  3. 4 Areas for data collection and you need to complete all questions and validate submission
  4. Make sure your answers are accurate and consider the instructions – the link contained here has access to each of the 4 areas instructions

CMS QSO-20-29-NH – Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes – 5/6/20

AHCA/NCAL Update #58 – New Reporting Requirements Effective May 1 – 5/2/20

NHSN LTCF Guide to Using the COVID-19 Module – 5/2/20

CMS-QSO-20-26-NH – Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes – 4/19/20

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 (requires login)

IHCA Public Health Reporting Obligations – FAQs – 3/10/20 (requires login)

Response Resources Staffing

Staffing

2019 Novel Coronavirus Resources for Local Public Health Partners – updated 7/20/20

CDC Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages – 4/30/20

AHCA/NCAL COVID-19 Screening Checklist for  Visitors and Staff – 4/29/20

AHCA/NCAL – Addressing Workforce Shortages Due to COVID-19 – 4/28/20

AHCA/NCAL – Tips on Supporting Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic– 4/27/20

Employee Return to Work Criteria – 4/24/20

HHS – COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit – 4/23/20

IWD Job Offer Decline Form for Employers – 4/15/20

IHCA Guidance: Current Flexibilities for CNA/Temporary Nurse Aid in Iowa– 4/15/20 (requires login)

CDC Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 – 4/13/20

CDC Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages – 4/13/20

OSHA Enforcement Memorandums – 4/13/20

Third-Party Background Check Providers – 4/6/20 (requires login)

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

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

IHCA Nurse Consultants – COVID-19 Issues– 3/9/20 (requires login)

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

Symptom 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

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

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

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

Testing Visitor Guidance

 

RESOURCES BY SOURCE

Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA)

Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA)

IHCA Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund – 6/9/20

Media Statements

IHCA Media Statement: What Long-Term Care Reopening Looks Like for Iowa Families – 7/2/20

IHCA Media Statement – Iowa’s Senior Health Care Workers Need Our Support – 4/24/20

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 Links – 6/23/20 (requires login)

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

Bulletin Articles

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/10/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 6/3/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/27/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/20/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/13/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 5/6/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/29/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/22/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/15/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/8/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 4/1/20 (requires login)

IHCA Member Bulletin: COVID-19 Update – 3/25/20 (requires login)

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 Guidance: Provider Questions Regarding Strike Teams – 5/12/20 (requires login)

IHCA COVID-19 Crisis Response Toolkit – 5/11/20 (requires login)

IHCA COVID-19 Regulatory Relief Summary – 4/24/20 (requires login)

IHCA CARES Relief Payments Guidance – 4/23/20 (requires login)

IHCA Recommendation for COVID-19 Testing of Hospital to Nursing Facility Transfers – 4/20/20 (requires login)

IHCA Guidance: Current Flexibilities for CNA/Temporary Nurse Aid in Iowa – 4/15/20 (requires login)

IHCA Summary of Relevant Provisions of Governor’s April 10 Proclamation – 4/14/20 (requires login)

IHCA – Questions Asked During DIA Infection Control Survey– 4/10/20 (requires login)

IHCA Third-Party Background Check Providers – 4/6/20 (requires login)

IHCA Guidance on IDPH Personal Protective Equipment Guidance – 4/2/20 (requires login)

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

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

IHCA FAQs, PPE, Exposure, Screening and Testing – 3/31/20 (requires login)

IHCA Simple PPE Calculator – 3/31/20 (requires login)

IHCA PPE Guidance – 3/26/20 (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 (requires login)

IHCA 1135 Waiver Guidance – 3/13/20 (requires login)

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 (requires login)

IHCA Public Health Reporting Obligations – FAQs – 3/10/20 (requires login)

IHCA Nurse Consultants – COVID-19 Issues – 3/9/20 (requires login)

IHCA Coronavrius Guidance (requires login)

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 Video – 4/20/20

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

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

2019 Novel Coronavirus Resources for Local Public Health Partners – updated 7/20/20

IDPH/DIA Iowa Guidance on Phased Easing of Restrictions in Long-Term Care Facilities – updated 6/30/20

IDPH/DIA Long-term Care Reopening Phases and Testing– updated 6/9/20

IDPH Long-term Care Reopening Guidance Letter – 6/4/20

IDPH PPE Shortage Order – updated 4/25/20

IDPH Telehealth Options for Iowans – 4/17/20

IDPH Interim Guidance for New Admissions or Return of Residents to Long-Term Care Facilities – 4/13/20

IDPH Infection Control Survey Guidelines – 4/13/20

IDPH SHL Testing Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities (Nursing Homes) – 4/13/20

IDPH PPE Shortage Order – 4/10/20

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

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

CDC LTC Mini-Webinars

Sparkling Surfaces – 4/28/20

Clean Hands – 4/28/20

Closely Monitor Residents – 4/28/20

Keep COVID-19 Out! – 4/28/20

PPE Lessons – 4/28/20

Additional Resources for Health Care Facilities

CDC Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 – 6/16/20

CDC Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings – 4/30/20

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 Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages – 4/30/20

CDC Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 – 4/13/20

CDC Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages – 4/13/20

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 Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment

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 – QSO 20-34 NH – Changes to Staffing Information and Quality Measures Posted on the Nursing Home Compare Website and Five Star Quality Rating System due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency – 6/25/20

CMS – Frequently Asked Questions on Nursing Home Visitation – 6/23/20

CMS QSO-20-31-All – COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control Deficiencies and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes – 6/1/20

CMS QSO 20-30-NW: Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials – 5/18/20

CMS QSO-20-29-NH – Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes – 5/6/20

CMS QSO 20-28-NH – Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating system updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts and FAQs – 4/24/20

CMS-QSO-20-26-NH – Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes – 4/19/20

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

HHS ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE)

HHS ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE)

HHS ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE) COVID-19 Resources – 5/7/20

American Health Care Association (AHCA)/National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)

American Health Care Association (AHCA)/National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)

AHCA COVID-19 Webpage – View daily updates from AHCA here.

Webinars

AHCA COVID-19 Webinar – 3/3/20

Training

AHCA/NCAL Infection Preventionist Specialized Training

Guidance

AHCA/NCAL Preparing for Widespread Testing in Long-Term Care – 5/20/20

AHCA/NCAL COVID-19 Testing Vendors for LTC – 5/19/20

AHCA/NCAL COVID-19 Screening Checklist for  Visitors and Staff – 4/29/20

AHCA/NCAL – Addressing Workforce Shortages Due to COVID-19 – 4/28/20

AHCA/NCAL – Tips on Supporting Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic– 4/27/20

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

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

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

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

AHCA PPE Donation Request Template – 3/26/20

AHCA – Laundry Guidance – 3/25/20

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

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

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

AHCA/NCAL Overview of CMS Waiver of Three-Day Stay and Spell of Illness – 3/18/20

AHCA/NCAL FAQ on CMS Waiver of Three-Day Stay and Spell of Illness – 3/18/20

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

AHCA Emergency Preparedness Requires a Communications Plan – 3/16/20

AHCA Sample Template Press Statement and Talking Points for Impacted Facilities

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

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

AHCA Update – CMS Releases Medicare Fee-For-Service and Medicare Advantage Plan Guidance – 3/12/20

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

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

AHCA Coronavirus Guidance

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