Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Visit this web page often for the latest information that HFAM and AHCA/NCAL has to share with long term care providers about COVID-19. AHCA/NCAL is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and HFAM is working with the Governor Hogan’s Office, the Maryland Department of Health, Maryland Hospital Association and others to ensure nursing homes and assisted living communities receive necessary supplies and guidance to prevent the spread of this disease.

2.14.22 – Government Leaders Update – Healthcare Heroes in Long-Term Care Plus, workforce challenges and opportunities

A Special Thank You from HFAM President and CEO, Joseph DeMattos

HFAM / MCAL

HFAM Alerts

  • Update #346 – 6.9.22 – Update from HFAM – In times of change, there is power in association.
  • Update #345 – 4.28.22 – HFAM Update, Proposed Medicare Eligibly and Coverage Changes, Reporting Reminders, AHCA Events, and More
  • Update #344 – 4.19.22 – General Update from HFAM and More
  • Update #343 – 4.12.22 – HFAM Update: Sine Die, Plus Important Updates from CMS, AHCA, and More
  • Update #342 – 4.7.22 – “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
  • Update #341 – 3.31.22 – HFAM Updates, Reminders, and Opportunities
  • Update #340 – 3.22.22 – Spikes, Surges, Antibodies, Boosters, Challenge and Opportunity are Likely the New Normal
  • Update #339 – 3.10.22 – USA Today and CIAN Labs
  • Update #338 – 3.8.22 – Telling our Sector’s Story and Preparing for Flu Season and the Next Surge
  • 3.3.22 – State of the LTC Industry Report and AHCA/NCAL Post State of the Union Webinar
  • 3.1.22 – Special HFAM Update – President Biden’s State of the Union Address
  • 2.10.22 – Government Leaders Update – LTC Workforce Heroes
  • Update #337 – COVID Surge, HFAM Announcement, Honoring Healthcare Heroes, Workforce
  • 2.7.22 – HFAM Government Leaders Update:  Thanking our Healthcare Heroes
  • Update #336HFAM Update and Reminders: COVID Surge, Workforce, Legislative Session, Looking Ahead, AHCA RCM Academy
  • 2/4/22 – Action Required! Antibody Testing
  • Update #335 – $25 Million in Grant Dollars Sent to SNFs, Revised PROPS FAQs, CMS Survey Resources and Guidance
  • Update #334 – National Guard Update, POC Tests, MBON, General Assembly
  • 1/28 – MBON Updates on Cyber Incident and Expiration Dates
  • Update #333 – HFAM Update: Action Required on Antibody Testing, The Current Surge
  • 1/18 – Remdesivir Distribution and Fact Sheet
  • Update #332 – 1/18 – HFAM Update: Reminders, New SNF Reporting
  • Update #331 – 1/13 – HFAM Update: New Testing Orders from MDH
  • 1/11 – POC Test Request from MDH
  • Update #330 – 1/7 – HFAM Update:  (PASRR) Requirements, Johns Hopkins Medicine Urgent Conversation, Advanced Care Planning
  • Update #329 – 1/6 – HFAM Update: National Guard, Testing, Board of Nursing, MDH Grants, CRISP Change, Winter Storm Warning
  • Update #328 – 1/4/22 – Joint Association Update: Emergency Proclamation, Executive Orders, and Updated MDH Vaccine Bulletin
  • Update #327 – 12/30 – HFAM Update: Current Surge, Vaccine Mandate Webinar, and Policy and Procedure Templates
  • 12/2021 – #1 , #2,  #3, #4 – Updates on MDH Cyberattack
  • 12/29/21 – HFAM Government Leaders Update #15
  • Update #326 – 12/27 – HFAM Update: Current Surge, CDC Guidance, ARPA Nursing Home Grants
  • Update #325 – 12/23 – CMS Updates Visitation FAQs
  • Update #324 – 12/22 – $100 Million in Emergency Funding to Address Staffing Needs at Maryland Hospitals
    and Nursing Homes
  • Update #323 – 12/20 – Importance of the Booster, Monoclonal Antibody Treatment, Surge, and Staffing
  • Update #322 – 12/17 – Joint Association: Critical Update on Boosters and Omicron Variant
  • Update #321 – 12/15 – Boosters, Omicron, and Injunction of CMS Vaccine Mandate Lifted for Most States
  • Update #320 – 12/14 – HFAM Update, HRSA Begins Phase 4 Payments and Shares Payment Reconsideration Updates
  • Update #319 – 12/13 – Important HRSA Update, Reminders: MDH Cyberattack, PPE Inventory
  • Update #318 – 12/10 – HFAM Update: Congratulations to Health Care Leaders, MDH Cyberattack, Omicron
  • Update #317 – 12/6 – HFAM Update:  MDH Cyberattack, Omicron Variant, MD General Assembly
  • Update #316 – 12/2 – HFAM Update: Vaccine Mandates, Omicron Variant, Workforce
    11/22/21 – HFAM Government Leaders Update #14
  • Update #315 – 11/15 – CMS Updated Visitation and Survey & Oversight Guidance; CMS Staff Vaccine Mandate
  • Update #314 – 11/10 – HFAM Update, AHCA Report on BLS Workforce Data, National Quality Award
  • Update #313 – 11/8 – Update to CRISP Vaccination Data Reporting – New Wording Effective Tomorrow
  • 11/4/21 – AHCA/NCAL to Host Member Webinar on CMS and OSHA Vaccine Mandates
  • 10/28/21 – HFAM Vaccination PSA and Nursing Career Scholarship
  • Update #312 – 10/26 – AHCA and MDH Updates and More
  • Update #311 – 10/21 – MDH Updates, Reminders and Resources
  • Update #310 – 10/19 – AHCA / NCAL Updates, Reminders and Resources
  • Update #309 – 10/15 – HFAM Update and Reminders
  • 9/27/21 -Monoclonal Antibody Treatment
  • Update #308 – 9/27 – HFAM Update: Staff Vaccinations
  • Update #307 – 9/24 – HFAM Update: Workforce Shortage
  • 9/23/21 HFAM General Assembly Update #13
  • 9/23/21 – MDH Staffing Update
  • 9/21/21 – MDH Resource Guide for SNFs: Third Dose COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Update #306 – 9/20 – HFAM Update, TOGETHER, WE re:imagine Conference, Monoclonal Antibody Treatment
  • Update #305 – 9/17 –  HFAM Update, Monoclonal Antibody Treatment
  • Update #304 – 9/16 – CMS, HHS, AHCA Updates
  • Update #303 – 9/10 – HFAM Update, Booster Shots
  • Update #302 – 9/8 – New Nursing Home Matters and Vaccination Matters
  • Update #301 – 9/3 – Happy Labor Day, L’Shanah Tovah, and Updates
  • Update #300 – 8/27 – HFAM Update, Delta Surge, Therapy Systems, Congressman Cardin Virtual Event
  • Update #299 – 8/25 – HFAM Update, CRISP Reporting, AHCA Update
  • August 24, 2021 – Update on CRISP Reporting Requirements: OHCQ to Impose CMPs for Non-Reporting
  • Update #298 – 8/20 – HFAM Update:  Maryland and DC
  • Update #297 – 8/19 – HFAM Update: New State Orders – Mandatory Vaccination, Federal Mandates, and More
  • Update #296 – 8/18 – Mandatory Vaccinations for Nursing Home and Hospital Staff
  • Update #295 – 8/18 – ARP Vaccination Tax Credit Program Toolkit
  • 8/17/2021 HFAM General Assembly Update # 12
  • Update #294 – 8/17 – CDC and FDA Authorize Additional Dose, MDH Webinar, Request POC Testing Supplies
  • Update #293 – 8/12 – POC Test Supply Order Request, AHCA Webinar, New Resources and Training Tools
  • Update #292 – 8/10 – HFAM Updates, AHCA Information, Additional Updates
  • Update #291 – 8/3 – HFAM / AHCA Updates, Medicaid Updates / OSHA ETS
  • Update #290 – 7/29 –  HFAM and AHCA Release Statement on Vaccination
  • Update #289 – 7/28 – HFAM Update, Home Health State Plan Changes, Boost Vaccination Rates, SNF After Action
  • Update #288 – 7/26 – HFAM Update; Vaccinations
  • Update #287 – 7/23 –  HFAM Update, SNF After-Action Report, Board of Nursing Renewals
    July 22, 2021 – HFAM General Assembly Update # 11
  • Update #286 – 7/20 – HFAM Update, Medicare Stakeholder Call, Project First Line
  • Update #285 – 7/15 – HFAM Update GNAs, MDH MA Transmittal No. 88, OSHA, Webinars
  • Update #284 – 7/13 – Updates, Available PPE, Webinars
  • Update #283 – 7/9 – HFAM Update and Reminders
  • Update #282 – 7/6 – Prevent Penalties – Register for ImmuNet; MDH Webinar Recap; PRF Portal Open; Reminders
  • Update #281 – 6/28 – MD Board of Nursing, MDH Tactical Teams, “Know Your Risk” Campaign
  • Update #280 – 6/17 – HFAM Update – Juneteenth, Temporary Nursing Assistants, “Know Your Risk” Campaign
  • Update #279 – 6/15 – Important Reminder:  Updated Maryland Orders
  • Update #278 – 6/15  Breaking News: New Executive Orders and Orders from the Maryland Department of Health
  • Update #277 – 6/11 – HFAM Update: HHS Provider Relief Fund Reporting and Other Reporting Requirements
  • June 8, 2021 – HFAM General Assembly Update #10
  • Update #276 – 6/9 –  HFAM Update: MD Hospitals’ Consensus Statement on Employee Vaccination and Temporary Nursing Assistants
  • Update #275 – 6/8 – HFAM Update – Important Reminders
  • Update #274 – 5/27 – HFAM Update – Vax and More
  • Update #273 – 5/21 – Urgent! Register for ImmuNet
  • Update #272 – 5/19 – Joint Association Reminder on CRISP Reporting
  • Update #271 – 5/19 – HFAM Update Reminder on CRISP Reporting
  • Update #270 – 5/18 – Reminders and Updates on Guidance
  • Update #269 – 5/14 – CMS Home and Community Guidance, MDH Webinar Recap, Member Resources and Reminders
  • Update #268 – 5/13 – HFAM Update – Reminders and Updates on Guidance
  • Update #267 – 5/11 – Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for LTCF and ICFs-IID
  • Update #266 – 5/10 – CDC Updating and Simplifying NHSN Modules – Upcoming Training
  • Update #265 – 5/7 – Mother’s Day, NSNCW, Vaccines and More
  • Update #264 – 5/5 – HFAM Update and Reminders
  • Update #263 – 5/5 – Update on MDH Orders,  Vaccine Media Tool Kit
  • Update #262 – 5/4 – Updated MDH Nursing Home and Assisted Living Orders
  • Joint Update – 5/4 – Joint Update on Vaccine Clinics
  • Update #261 – 5/3 – MDH Clarifications on New CMS Memos and CDC Guidance Released 4/27
  • Update #260 – 4/30 – HFAM Update, MDH EPI 4/29 Webinar, CMS Update,Livanta Update,  NSNCW
  • Update #259 – 4/26 – Assisted Living Vaccine Maintenance Plan, CMS/HHS COVID Resources
  • Update #258 – 4/23 – Strategies to Increase Staff Vaccination, MDH Webinar Recap, Updates from AHCA/NCAL
  • Update #257 – 4/16 – HFAM Update, MDH EPI Webinar Recap
  • Update #256 – 4/14 – Pfizer Consent Form and Fit Test Information, AHCA Updates
  • Update #255 – 4/13 – HFAM Update, J&J Vaccine Paused
  • Update #254 – 4/8 – ImmuNet, AHCA/NCAL Update
  • Update #253 – 4/7 – HFAM Update – ImmuNet
  • Update #252 – 4/2 – HFAM Update – Spring Renewal, Policy, Vaccines, and More
  • Update #251 – 3/31 – HFAM Update – Supplemental Budget Medicaid Rate Increase
  • Update #250 – 3/30 – HFAM Update – Vigilance and Resilience (and Vaccines)
  • Update #249 – 3/26 – Vaccination Update Reminder, MDH Survey, MDH LTC Webinar Recap, Resources, AHCA Honors Program
  • Update #248 – 3/35 – Important Vaccination Update
  • March 24, 2021 – HFAM General Assembly Update #9
  • Update #247 – 3/23 – HFAM Update, New Opportunities for Healthcare Heroes
  • Update #246 – 3/19 – HFAM Update, MDH Webinar Recap, AHCA/NCAL ‘What they are Saying’
  • Update #245 – 3/16 – HFAM Update
  • Update #244 – 3/15 – New POC Test Information
  • Update #243 – 3/12 – Second Doses on the Way, MDH LTC Webinar Recap, New E&E Sign-On, Reminder about Supplemental Schedule, Visitation Guidance Update Reminder
  • March 11, 2021 – HFAM General Assembly Update #8
  • Update #242 – 3/11 – HFAM Update, CMS Revises Visitation Guidance, MDH Update on COVID-19 Revenue Supplemental Schedule
  • Update #241 – 3/8 – CDC Updates Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Staff Outside of Health Care Settings
  • Update #240 – 3/5 – HFAM Update, MDH LTC Webinar Recap, MHECN, and Reminders
  • Update #239 – 3/3 – HFAM Update and Reminders
  • Update #238 – 3/1 – Diamond Labs Testing and Reminders
  • Update #237 – 2/24 – HFAM Update and Reminders
  • February 17, 2021 – HFAM General Assembly Update #7
  • Update #236 – 2/17 – HFAM Update, Winter Weather Alert, Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Repayment
  • Update #235 – 2/12- HFAM Update, Reminder on New MDH Orders, ECHO Hubs, MDH LTC Webinar Recap
  • Update #234 – 2/11 -Updated Nursing Home Orders from MDH
  • Update #233 – 2/9 – HFAM Update, National Nursing Home COVID Action Network, MDH LTC Webinar Recap, Third Vaccine Clinic Policy Reminder
  • Update #232 – 2/8 -Update on Third Clinic Vaccine Policy
  • Update #231 – 2/8 – Join the Maryland AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network
  • Update #230 – 2/4 – HFAM Update, CDC Early Vaccination Data, Voyce, MDH Webinar Recap, Redetermination Extension, Other COVID Updates, and Reminders
  • Update #229 – 2/1 – Phase 1B: Vaccination of Independent Living Communities Not In the Federal Long-Term Care Pharmacy Partnership (Part B)
  • January 29, 2021 – HFAM General Assembly Update #6
  • Update #228 – 1/26 – HFAM Update, Updated P4P Transmittal, HHS Update, Mask Fit Training, Upcoming Webinar, Vaccination Reminders
  • Update #227 – 1/22 – Provider Relief Fund Update, MDH Updates, MDH Webinar Recap, Other COVID Updates, and Upcoming Webinar
  • Update #226 – 1/19 – HHS PRF Reporting Portal for Registration, CMS Memo, Reminders
  • Update #225 – 1/15 – MDH Monoclonal Antibody Nursing Home Letter
  • Update #224 – 1/15 – POC Reporting Update, MDH LTC Webinar Recap, Monoclonal Antibody Treatment, Eurofins Testing Support, Vaccine Reminders, N95 Mask Fit Test Training
  • Update #223 – 1/12 – HFAM Update, Vaccine Reminders, N95 Mask Fit Training
  • Update #222 – 1/8 – HFAM Update, Vaccination Reminders, HHS Extends Public Health Emergency, Reminder on Executive Orders and MDH Orders
  • Update #221 – 1/5 – HFAM Update, New Year Video Message, MDH Webinar Recap, Reminders
  • January 4, 2021 – Thank you, healthcare heroes, for your continued dedication and sacrifice
  • Update #220 – 12/31 – HFAM Update
  • Update #219 – 12/30 – Medicaid Update from MDH, AHCA/NCAL Webinar Today, Other COVID Updates and Reminders
  • Update #218 – 12/28 – COVID Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
  • Update #217 – 12/23 – COVID Vaccines Administered to Maryland LTC Residents and Staff, Amended Guidance for Point of Care Testing
  • Update #216 – 12/22 – Webinars Today, #GetVaccinated, Navica App Registration, Other COVID Updates
  • Update #215 – 12/21 – HFAM Update:  Vaccine, monoclonal antibody treatment, and Medicaid rates
  • Update #214 – 12/18 – CVS and Walgreens Update Consent Info
  • December 16, 2020 – HFAM General Assembly Update #5
  • Update #213 – 12/16 – HFAM Update, Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund, Eurofins Update, Abbott NAVICA App Registration, Upcoming Webinars
  • Update #212 – 12/16 – Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund Update
  • Update #211 – 12/15 – Provider Relief Fund FAQs for Vaccine Distribution, CDC Guidance on Post Vaccination, Additional Vaccine Reminders, Abbott NAVICA App Registration, Monoclonal Antibody Therapies, Additional Webinars
  • Update #210 – 12/14 – HFAM Update, Vaccination Program Reminders, MD Think Survey, Upcoming COVID Webinars
  • Update #209 – 12/10 -Vaccination Program Recap and Reminders, MDH Webinar Recap, MD Think Survey, Upcoming COVID Webinars
  • Update #208 – 12/9 – Updated Hospital Partner List, Vaccine Reminders & Info, MDH Orders, Upcoming Webinars, and Additional Updates
  • Update #207 – 12/8 –  New MDH Orders, Vaccine Reminders, Eurofins Resources
  • Update #206 – 12/7 – Update on Vaccine, Reminder on Hospital Partner List, Upcoming Calls and Webinars
  • Update #205 – 12/5 –  HFAM Critical Update:  Hospital Resource Partners
  • Update #204 – 12/4 – HFAM Update, MDH Guidance on Quarantine Periods, MDH LTC Webinar Recap, New MD Think Update, CMS Updates and Calls
  • Update #203 – 12/2 – Long-Term Care Residents Placed at Highest Priority for Vaccine
  • Update #202 – 12/1 – Stories of Care: Uplifting news from the long-term care profession
  • Update #201 – 11/30 – HFAM Update, Upcoming Webinar, MD Think Update, Mental Health Resources, Testing and PPE Resources, Reminders
  • Update #200 – 11/25 – HFAM Update, MDH Staff Contingency Plan, PPE Resources, POC Test Distribution and Reporting, Antibody Treatment Capability
  • Update #199 – 11/23 – BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Test Card Training Sessions Action Required – Time Sensitive
  • November 20, 2020 – HFAM General Assembly Update #4
  • Update #198 – 11/20 – HFAM Update, Eurofins, Diamond Labs
  • Update #197 – 11/19 – CMS Releases Alert Regarding Holidays, Additional Updates,Upcoming Webinars, Reminder on MDH Orders
  • Update #196 – 11/17 – New Orders from the Maryland Department of Health and Governor Hogan
  • Update #195 – 11/17 – HFAM Update, AHCA/NCAL Survey, New Infection Control Program, Additional COVID Updates and Upcoming Webinars
  • Update #194 – 11/13 – CMS Announcements, Changes to Post-Acute Capacity Form, MDH Webinar Recap, Upcoming PASSR Webinar, Updated NHSN Reporting Requirements, Other COVID Updates, Upcoming Webinars
  • Update # 193 – 11/12 – Quality Resources and Information from Eurofins
  • Update #192 – 11/10 – New MDH Guidance, HFAM Update
  • November 6, 2020 – HFAM General Assembly Update #3
  • Update #191 – 11/6 – HFAM Update and Recaps
  • Update #190 – 11/6 – HFAM Update, Pharmacy Partnership Program Deadline, Phase 3 Deadline, MDH Webinar Recap, PPE Resources, Post-Election Recap, More COVID-19 Updates
  • Update #189 – 11/3 – HFAM Update, Register for the Post-Election Recap, Diamond Labs, Medline Spot Buys
  • Update #188 – 11/2 – CIAN Testing
  • Update #187 – 11/2 – CRISP Reporting Issue Today, Finance & Strategy Virtual Symposium, Post-Election Recap, PPE
  • Update #186 – 10/20 – HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund FAQs, Location is Key, Stockpile of PPE Order, Leaders in Healthcare Award
  • Update #185 – 10/30 – Upgrading to NHSN SAMS Level-3 Access, Post-Election Recap, Upcoming Webinars, MDH Order Reminders, Hurricane Zeta, LTC Vaccination Program
  • Update #184 – 10/28 – HFAM Update, New MDH Orders, Hurricane Zeta, Vaccination Program Deadline Extended, Voting Reminders
  • Update # 183 – 10/23 – Mandatory CLIA POC Test Reporting to NHSN, MDH Webinar Recap, Reminders
  • Update #182 – 10/22 – HFAM Update, Vaccine Distribution Program, Updated Reporting Requirements to the Provider Relief Fund, Updated NHSN Requirements, Mental Health Resources, MDH Memo on Federal Financial Relief, Election
  • Update #181 – 10/20 – Reminder to Sign Up for Vaccine Distribution, More COVID Updates, MD Think Updates, Election Reminders
  • Update #180 – 10/19 – Obtaining Rapid POC Testing Supplies
  • Update #179 – 10/19 – Federal Vaccination Program for LTC – Registration Open October 19, 2020
  • Update #178 – 10/16 – New MD Think Memo, MDH Webinar Recap, Voting Guide, COVID Updates & Webinars, Medicare Open Enrollment, Reminder on Clinical Guidance, Flu Shot Reminders
  • Update #177 – 10/14 – Updated Clinical Guidance on POC Testing, Voting Guide & Deadlines, Nursing Assistant Letter, Reminders
  • Update #176 – 10/12 – Updates to Guidelines Concerning the Prevention and Control of Non-COVID Respiratory Illness, New MDThink Updates, ECHO Project Info, Healthcare Heroes Video, Voting Registration Deadline is Tomorrow
  • Update #175 – 10/9 – CMS Guidance on Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment, MDH Webinar Recap, Voting Guide, Power Wheelchair Update, Additional Reminders
  • Update #174 – 10/7 – HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund FAQ, CRISP Webinar Series, Medline Gowns, Additional Updates, and Upcoming Webinars
  • Update #173 – 10/6 – Abbott BinaxNOW Training Registration and Additional Updates
  • Update #172 – 10/5 – HFAM Update, Provider Relief Funding Phase 3 Application Instructions, Project ECHO, P4P Changes, Reminders
  • Update #171 – 10/2 – New MDH Orders, Indoor Visitation Guide, MDH Webinar Recap, MD Think Updates, Conference Calls Today, Provider Relief Fund Resources, Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, CDC Flu Summary and Key Points
  • Update # 170 – 10/1 – Breaking: New Orders from the Maryland Department of Health
  • Update #169 – 9/30 – MDH Updates, AHCA Webinar, Reminder on CMS Guidance, Flu Shot Info, Voting Guide, AHCA/NCAL Convention
  • Update #168 – 9/29 – Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Guidance
  • Update #167 – 9/28 – MDH Revised Orders, New CMS Toolkit, Reminders
  • Update #166 – 9/25 – MDH Webinar and Updates, CMS Visitation Guidance, Flu Shot Resources, Abbott BinaxNOW Follow Up, Voting Guide
  • Update #165 – 9/23 – HFAM Update and Voting Guide
  • Update #164 – 9/17 – Updates from AHCA/NCAL, CMS, HHS, and here in Maryland
  • Update #163 – 9/17 – Great News on Testing for AL and SNFs
  • Update #162 – 9/15 – CMS Pulls MFAR, Guidance on POC Testing Machines, Provider Relief Fund Deadline Extended, Help Stop Medicare Cuts
  • Update #161 – 9/11 – MDH POC Testing Info Request, MDH Webinar Recap, Provider Relief Application Due Sunday, AHCA/NCAL Webinar Available, Additional Updates, and Healthcare Heroes Video
  • Update #160 – 9/11 – DUE TODAY:  MDH Point of Care Testing Information Request
  • September 3, 2020 – Celebrating HealthCare Heroes

  • Update #159 –  8/28 – Additional CMS Guidance on Staff Testing and Reporting, New CMS QSO Memos, AHCA/NCAL Webinar, MDH Webinar, Reminders

  • Update #158 – 8/26 – New CMS Requirements, Updated MDH Guidance, National Nursing Home Training Program, Preparing for Flu Season
  • Update #157 – 8/25 – Breaking: CMS Announcements  – August 25, 2020
  • Update #156 – 8/21 – MDH Updates, CDC Interim Guidance on Rapid Antigen Tests, Webinar, Healthcare Heroes, Reminders about Survey Process, Medicaid Appeals, Admissions FAQ, DME Warehouse
  • August 21, 2020 – HFAM General Assembly Update #2
  • Update #155 – 8/18 – HFAM Update, CMS Return to Normal Survey Process, Medicaid Timeframe for Fair Hearing and Appeals, Nominate a Healthcare Hero, MDH Webinar Recap, State DME Warehouse, Reminder on Updated Admissions and Readmissions FAQ, CMS Calls
  • Update #154 – 8/14 – Update MDH FAQ on Admissions and Re-Admissions to Maryland Nursing Homes
  • Update #153 – 8/14 – Deadline Today – August 14 – Send Your State-Approved Lab Contracts to MDH
  • Update #152 – 8/11 – Important Update: Lab Contracts and Submission of Testing Plan to MDH, Deadline August 14
  • Update #151 – 8/11 – PPE Video and Wellness Resources, Healthcare Heroes
  • Update #150 – 8/10 – Testing Resources and Reminders, HHS Announcement of the Additional $5 Billion, AHCA/NCAL Updates, PPE Resources
  • Update #149 – 8/7 – HFAM Update on MDH Testing and More
  • Update #148 – 8/4 – MDH Update: Lab Testing Rates
  • Update #147 –  7/30 – Attention Assisted Living:  Immediate Action Needed for Possible HHS Funding:  Deadline for Data 8/3
  • Update #146 – 7/30 – New MDH SNF Testing Memo
  • Update #145 – 7/28 – Nursing Facility Rates, Reminder on MDH Orders, Federal Resources, CMS Calls
  • Update #144 –  7/27 – Attention Assisted Living:  Immediate Action Needed for Possible HHS Funding
  • Update #143 – 7/24 – HFAM Update, MDH Orders, Public Health Emergency Extended, MDH Webinar Presentation, Reminder on Resources for Frontline Workers, AHCA Updates
  • Update #142 – 7/22 – HFAM Update, Testing and PPE Resources and Reminders, AHCA/NCAL Updates & Convention
  • Update #141 – 7/21 – Updated MDH Guidance – Visitation and Outbreaks; CDC Updates, AHCA Updates; FY21 QA Memo and Forms;  Upcoming CDC and CMS Webinars
  • Update #140 – 7/17 – HFAM Update, MDH Webinar Recap, Resources for Frontline Workers, AHCA/NCAL Virtual Convention, Additional Reminders
  • Update #139 – 7/15 – CMS Call Today at 5:30, Medicaid Provider Partnership to Support Testing, This Week’s Lessons from the Front Lines Reminders: Provider Relief Portal for Assisted Living, New MDS Effective October 1
  • Update #138 – 7/15 – HFAM Update, Provider Relief Portal for Assisted Living, New MDS Effective October 1, CMS to Deliver “Point of Care” COVID Test Kits
  • Update #137 – 7/13 – CRISP Reporting Services (CRS) Products that have been updated on the CRS Portal (reports.crisphealth.org)
  • Update #136 – 7/13 – Opportunity to Engage with Nursing Home Commission, MDH Webinar, Testing Reminder
  • Update #135 – 7/8 – Testing and PPE Resources and Reminders
  • Update #134 – 7/7 – Information from the Maryland Department of Health
  • Update #133 – 7/2 –  State Required Nursing Home Staff and Resident Rosters: Due Friday, July 3
  • Update #132 – 7/1 – Send Rosters to State Lab TODAY, New Survey from MDH
  • Update #131 – 6/30 – PPE Survey Reminder
  • Update #130 – 6/29 – Changes to Post Acute Capacity Form – Effective for July 1 Reporting
  • Update #129 – 6/29 – Important PPE Survey, Additional Updates including Directive and Order for Assisted Living
  • Update #128 – 6/25 – MDH Testing Memo, MDH Recorded Webinar on Reopening, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control Deficiencies, CMS Webinar on PPE Strategies
  • Update #127 – 6/23 – HFAM Update, Redetermination Extension, CMS Webinar on PPE Strategies, Money Follows the Person
  • Update #126 – 6/22 – MDH Virtual Town Hall 6/23, Update on Admissions FAQs, Grant Opportunity, Reminders on MDH Orders and Guidance, CMS Calls this Week
  • Update #125 – 6/19 – Update from HFAM
  • Update #124 – 6/19 – Amended Directive and Order on Nursing Home and Healthcare Matters, Updated Guidance on Outdoor Visits in Assisted Living,
  • Update #123 – 6/19 – Reminders on MDH Guidance, Today’s Call Cancelled, Testing Compliance Due Today, MDH Webinar Recap
  • June 18, 2020 – HFAM General Assembly Update #1
  • Update # 122 – 6/18 – New Guidance from MDH: Relaxation of Restrictions in Nursing Homes, Managing Admissions & Readmissions, and Outdoor Visits in Assisted Living; Reminder on Testing Compliance; Reminder MDH Contact List; AHCA Updates
  • Update # 121 – 6/18 – Update Your Contact with MDH
  • Update #120 – 6/18 – Important Reminders on Testing and Visitation, Qualitrac 3.0 Memo, ACHA On-Demand Webinar
  • Update #119 – 6/17 –  ACTION REQUIRED: Universal Testing Compliance
  • Update #118 – 6/16 – HFAM Update, Analysis of Outbreaks in Nursing Homes, Staff Stability Process, Reporting Reminders, CRISP Webinar, Testing Resources
  • Update #117 – 6/15 – Juneteenth: June 19, 1865
  • Update #116 – 6/14 –  MDH Amended Directive and Orders Regarding Various Healthcare Matters
  • Update #115 – 6/12 – HFAM Update, COVID & LTC Webinar Recording, MDH Webinar, On-Site Focused Infection Control Surveys, AHCA Updates: CMS Citations, Relief Fund Portal
  • Update #114 – 6/9 -AHCA/NCAL Request for Assisted Living Funding, HHS Announces Relief for Medicaid Providers, Message from AHCA/NCAL President & CEO, Continued Appreciation for Our Partnership with AHCA/NCAL
  • Update #113 – 6/8 – Opening Visitation & Resuming Activities Document and Keeping People Connected
  • Update #112 – 6/8 – HFAM Update, Meal Delivery Photos, MDH Webinar, Essity Information
  • Update #111 – 6/5 – Reminder: Due Today – Nursing Homes COVID-19 Specimen Collection
  • Update #110 – 6/5 – Reflections and a Message for These Times
  • Update #109 – 6/4 – Updates to Provider Relief Fund FAQ, Revised Notification Guidelines, Webinars, CMS Calls
  • Update #108 – 6/2 –  COVID-19 Crisis Support Program, June 3 Attestation Deadline Applies to Medicare FFS Provider Relief Payment, Upcoming Webinar Reminder
  • Update #107 – 6/2 – How Maryland’s Long-Term Care Industry is Responding:  Webinar
  • Update #106 – 6/2 – HFAM Update, Resources, CMS Announcement on NHSN Data, AHCA/NCAL Statement, COVID-19 Updates, Reminder on SNF COVID-19 Specimen Collection, CMS Calls this Week
  • Update #105 – 5/29 –  COVID-19 Specimen Collection Due – 6/5/20
  • Update #104 – 5/29 -HFAM Update and Thank You
  • Update #103 – 5/28 – Nursing Assistants Week, Rovner Products, Medline Update, Testing & Cohorting, Revised 1135 Waiver Template, CDC Website Update, CMS Resources and Calls
  • Update #102 – 5/27 – Thank You & General Update, Special Guest Column Opportunity, CARES Update, NHSN Reporting, Senate Hearing, CMS Training and Webinars
  • Update #101 – 5/26 – Redetermination Memo, MD Think, MDH Webinar, Free Access to Music Videos, CMS Calls this Week, PPE Resources and Proper Use Reminders
  • Update #100 – 5/22 -HHS Releases $4.9 Billion to Skilled Nursing Centers
  • Update #99 – 5/22 –  Thank you, State Updates, Scorpion Protective Services, CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, CHOW FAQs, Revised OSHA Policies, COVID-19 FAQs Updated: ACO Section, PPE Order Opportunity
  • Update #98 – 5/19 – Professional Liability Benchmark Report, Amended MDH Order for Various Healthcare Matters, Additional Reminders
  • Update # 97 – 5/19 – CMS Reopening Recommendations, New AHCA/NCAL IPCO Training, OSHA Alert, Updated CARES Act FAQ, SSA Update, HEROES Act in House, Meals for Healthcare Heroes, CMS Calls this Week
  • Update # 96 – 5/18 –  Bridge Teams Are Not For Hire, they offer support and continuity of care when staffing levels fall
  • Update # 95  – 5/15 – THANK YOU!
  • Update #94 – 5/15 – NHSN LTCF Enrollment Reminders and Webinars Today, MDH Webinar Recap
  • Update #93 – 5/14 – Important Update on NHSN  Reporting, MDH Webinar Slides, CMS Toolkit, Medline Update, PPE Reminder, and Testing Resources
  • Update # 92 – 5/13 – Testing & Workforce, In the Media, Reminder on Proper Use of PPE, General Updates
  • Update #91 – 5/12 –  MD and National Updates and Reporting, CMS to Fix PDPM Variable Per Diem Glitch, CMS Calls
  • Update #90 – 5/11 –  Thank you Message from Baltimore County Executive Olszewski
  • Update #89 – 5/8 – Breaking News – Clarification on Governor Hogan’s Orders
  • Update #88 – 5/8 – MDH FAQ, PPE Supplier List, PPE Webinar, NHSN Enrollment
  • Updated #87 – 5/8 – “Stay focused on the objective, not the obstacle.”
  • Update #86 – 5/7 – New Guidance on Federal Reporting, Reminder on State Reporting, MDH Order, Medline PPE Survey, Healthcare Heroes, Testing Resources, Upcoming CMS Calls
  • Update #85 – 5/6 – Updated MDH Order, Reminder on State Reporting Requirements, Federal Reporting Requirements, Medline PPE Survey, VA Update, Avoiding PPE Scams
  • Update # 84 – 5/5 – Testing, Staffing, & PPE, Reporting Requirements, FEMA PPE Update, Updated CDC Guidance, Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Update # 83 – 5/4 – Mandatory Daily Maryland Department of Health Reporting Requirements
  • Update #82 – 5/4 – Thank You, Medicaid Eligibility, Reporting Requirements, Healthcare Heroes
  • Update #81 – 5/3 –  Maryland Department of Health Reporting Requirements
  • Update # 80 – 5/2 –  Maryland Department of Health Reporting Requirements
  • Update #79 – 5/2 – Happy Healthcare Heroes Day!
  • Update #78 – 5/1 – Healthcare Heroes, Federal and State Reporting Requirements, Update on Orders, MDH Webinar Recap, Testing and PPE Resources
  • Update #77 – 5/1 – Thank You Message from Senator Van Hollen
  • Update #76 – 4/30 – NHSN Reporting & CRISP Bed Capacity Report, Reminder on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, Upcoming Webinars and Calls, Healthcare Heroes
  • Update #75 – 4/29 –  Executive Order: Universal Testing in Nursing Homes, More Healthcare Heroes, CDC Webinars, and Additional Updates
  • Update #74 – 4/28 –  Nursing Home Data, Call Check for Seniors, Healthcare Heroes
  • Update #73 – 4/28 – Healthcare Heroes, AHCA/NCAL Updates, Testing and PPE, CMS Call Reminders
  • Update #72 – 4/27 –  AHCA Guides – Grant & Loan Management and COVID-Related Loss Calculator, Updated Accelerated and Advance Payments FAQ, CMS Calls this Week
  • Update #71 – 4/27 – New MDH Directive, Testing Options, Five Star Updates, Continuing Visitor Restrictions, and CMS Updates COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare FFS Billing
  • Update #70 – 4/24 –  Thank You, Additional Medicare Funds, Additional Stimulus Funds, MDH Webinar Recap
  • Update #69 – 4/23 – Testing Request to Gov. Hogan, Preparing for Testing, MDH Webinar, Documentation, Avoiding Scams
  • Update #68 – 4/22 – MDH Update on Stimulus Payments, Additional Provider Relief Funds, NHSN Reporting, Blanket Waivers for ICFs/IID, ASPR Webinar
  • Update #67 – 4/22 – Thank you Messages from Congress
  • Update #66 – 4/22 – Post-Acute Webinar, CDC Return to Work Guidelines, Updated Steps to Limit Spread, Resources for Staff
  • Update #65 – 4/21 – CMS Memo, Communication Strategies, AHCA Flowcharts, NSNCW, CARES Act Info, Emergency Preparedness Reminders
  • Update #64 – 4/21 –  Webinar: 4/22 – Post-Acute Daily Bed Reporting via CRISP
  • Update #63 – 4/20 – Thank You from Congressman Sarbanes, Daily Bed Availability Reporting Tool, New CMS Requirements, Nebulizing Guidance, Careers in Aging Week
  • Update #62 – 4/18 – MHA Temporary Staffing Program
  • Update #61 – 4/17 –  Johns Hopkins A Woman’s Journey, Hilton Rooms, CDC Updated Guidelines for Returning to Work, MHA Temp Staffing Program, Safety Videos
  • Update #60 – 4/17 – Call with Hospital Partners Today, MDH Recorded Call, Additional Reminders
  • Update #59 – 4/16 – Special HFAM Message, Mental Health, PPE Resources, Upcoming Calls, and More
  • Update #58 – 4/15 – PPE Resources and Information
  • Update #57 – 4/15 – Medicaid FAQ, CARES Act FAQ, CMS Calls Today, Additional Reminders
  • Update #56 – 4/14 – National Healthcare Decisions Day, Resources, Ethics Consultations
  • Update #55 – 4/ 14 – Special Update – SNF and Hospital Partner Call, Friday, April 17 at 2:00 PM
  • Update #54 – 4/14 – New CMS Guidance and Updates, New OSHA Resources, NETEC Webinar Series
  • Update #53 – 4/13 – Ethics Consultations Available
  • Update #52 – 4/13 – “Keep doing the right things for the right reasons…
  • Update #51 – 4/10 – CNA/GNA Temporary Training Approved
  • Update #50 – 4/10 – HFAM Update, HHS Releases Funds, MDH Recorded Call
  • Update #49 – 4/9 – Clarification on Use of Gowns and other Updates
  • Update #48 – 4/9 – MDH Hospital Discharge Assist, Thanks to AHCA/NCAL, Survey Reminder
  • Update #47 – 4/8 – HFAM Survey Reminder, CMS Calls, and Additional Updates
  • Update #46 – 4/7 – HFAM Survey Reminder, CMS Call 4/8
  • Update #45 – 4/7 – Breaking Update: Statewide Strike Teams to Assist Nursing Homes
  • Update #44 – 4/7 – Update from HFAM, New Survey, In the Media, CMS “Office Hours”
  • Update #43 – 4/6 – Executive Orders from Governor Hogan
  • Update #42 – 4/5 – Governor Hogan Takes Aggressive Action to Protect Nursing Home Residents and Staff
  • Update #41 – 4/3 – Updates from Governor Hogan, CMS, and Additional Guidance
  • Update #40 – 4/3 – Review and Resident Advanced Directives and MOLST forms
  • Update #39 – 4/3 – Best Practices, Resources, and Updates
  • Update #38 – 4/2 – BENHA Approval of Out of State Administrators, Mitigating Risk, Compassionate Care, PPE Resources, Medline Webinar
  • Update #37 – 4/2 –  Continue to Prepare, MDH Transmittals, CMS Updates, and More
  • Update #36 – 4/1 – Updated Resource Request Process, MDH Waiver of PASRR and MDS Validation, CARES Act Memo
  • Update #35 – 4/1 –  CMS LTC Call 4/1, Medicare: Accelerated and Advance Payments FAQs
  • Update #34 – 4/1 – Updates, Reminders, and Nurse Aide Training
  • Update #33 – 3/31 – Updates, Thank you, Nurse Aid Training, Screening Checklist
  • Update #32 – 3/31 – Diamond Medical Lab Testing, MDH Updates, and CMS Blanket Waivers
  • Update #31 – 3/30 –  Stay-at-Home Order, MDH Waivers, and More
  • Update #30 – 3/29 – Communicate, Connect, Hospital Admissions –  HFAM SNF and MHA Hospital Call
  • Update #29 – 3/27 – Third Call with Hospital Partners, MDH & DHS Memo, Federal Waivers, and CMS Activities
  • Update #28 – 3/27 – Childcare Updates for Essential Employees
  • Update #27 – 3/26 – Webinars, Senate Stimulus Package, New from AHCA/NCAL, Medicare Hearings and Appeals
  • Update #26 – 3/25 – A Special Thank You, Case Study, Locating Child Care, and Hand Sanitizer Demand Form
  • Update #25 – 3/25 – CDC Call Today, Baker Donelson Webinar, Additional Reminders
  • Update #24 – 3/24 – CMS Prioritization of Survey Activities, CRISP Update, and Reminders
  • Update #23 –  3/23 – MEMA Resource Requests, DEA Waiver, Essential Staff, and More
  • Update #22 – 3/22 – SNF Bed Capacity Survey, Recap of Call with Senator Cardin
  • Update #21 – 3/20 – Interim Guidance SNF Accepting Hospital Patients/Medicaid Eligibility Re-determination Extension
  • Update #20 – 3/19 – HFAM & Hospital Partner Call/HFAM Discussion with Congressman Steny Hoyer
  • Update #19 – 3/18 – Thank You For All You Are Doing.  Stay Informed and Prepared
  • Update #18 – 3/17 – CDC Update Call and Continued Guidance
  • Update #17 – 3/16 – Oversight Order of Maryland Health Secretary Neal
  • Update #16 – 3/15 – FAQs for Seniors, Communal Dinning, CMS Waivers 3-Day Stay and Spell of Illness
  • Update #15 – 3/14 – National Emergency Declaration / Updated CMS and CDC Guidance
  • Update #14 -3/13 – New Resources / Visitor Guidance
  • Update #13 – 3/11 – Environmental Infection Control / CDC Guidelines
  • Update #12 – 3/10 – MDH and Governor Hogan Recommendations for LTC
  • Update #11 – 3/10 – Steps to Prevent COVID-19 From Entering Your Facility
  • Update #10 – 3/9 – Best Practices for Operational Support and Communication
  • Update #9 – 3/6 – Updates and Cases Confirmed in Maryland
  • Update #8 – 3/5 – CMS Quality, Safety and Oversight Memo
  • Update #7 – 3/3 – AMDA Guidance / HFAM Coordinating with UMMS and MHA
  • Update #6 – 3/2 – OHCQ PPE Survey:  Reminder / AHCA Sector Wide Call
  • Update #5 – 2/28 – Updates and OHCQ PPE Survey
  • Update #4 – 2/27 – Updates and Guidance
  • Update #3 – 2/11 – Protecting Staff, Residents and the Community
  • Update #2 – 1/30 – COVID – 19 Background and Guidance
  • Update #1 – 1/29 – COVID – 19 Background and Guidance
HFAM Letters to Governor Hogan HFAM Press Releases and Statements Video
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