COVID-19 Updates


Last week, the CDC revised their guidance on quarantining after exposure for staff members who have completed vaccination. The new guidance indicates that vaccinated persons with an exposure are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria. 
Project ECHO has launched an Outpatient Therapeutics Mini-Series supported by HHS ASPR. This series provides a deep dive on new and emerging COVID-19 outpatient therapeutics, including monoclonal antibodies. The mini-series is designed to equip clinicians with the appropriate knowledge, resources, and tools needed to initiate and scale administration of the therapies. 
As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out in long term care facilities, many questions have arisen about when we will see changes to restrictions on visitation, dining, and other activities, as well as guidance on testing, PPE, and other infection control measures. CMS and CDC have indicated they will not issue changes to this guidance until we know more about the real-world impact of the vaccine.
This week, CMS released a memo on new visitation guidance at Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IIDs) and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) during COVID-19. According to CMS, the guidance provides ways an ICF/IID and PRTF can more safely facilitate in-person visitation and address the psychosocial needs of the residents.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its updated List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) database file, which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in January 2021. This new file replaces the updated LEIE database file available for download last month. Individuals and entities that have been reinstated to the federal health care programs are not included in this file.
Healthcare Academy® is hosting a free one-hour webinar on February 24 at 2 p.m. EST titled COVID-19 and Beyond: Survey and Regulatory Implications. Go here to get more details and to register for the webinar. This webinar has been approved for 1.0 total participant hour by NAB/NCERS and 1.0 contact hour of continuing education for nurses through ANCC.
NCAL will host a round table discussion on March 2, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET, open to all assisted living in-house counsel in conjunction with the American Health Law Association’s (AHLA) Long Term Care and the Law Conference. This exclusive virtual event will be an in-depth focus on COVID-19 in assisted living. Participants will also have an opportunity to network with peers in small-group virtual discussions on a variety of issues. 
AHCA/NCAL offers an instructional webinar titled “Pioneering Solutions to the Workforce Crisis.” This 45-minute webinar developed in collaboration with PHI delivers practical action steps and strategies assisted living and nursing facilities of all shapes and sizes can take to improve their employee and retention efforts. 
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has several resources available for veterans you might be interested in knowing about. 

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Introducing Artifacts of Culture Change (ACC) 2.0 
& ACC-Assisted Living
Thursday, February 18, 2021 2:00 PM ET 
Addressing Social Isolation Through Senior Housing During COVID-19 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:00 PM ET