COVID-19 Updates

Heroes Package passes the House, AHCA/NCAL & CMS Recommend That Long Term Care Facilities Have Two Specially Trained Infection Preventionists

On Friday, May 15th, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800, The HEROES Act, another piece of legislation aimed at addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill was passed largely along party lines with most Democrats voting for it and Republicans voting against the package.
The IRS recently shared in a COVID tax email update information around the employee retention credit, which is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll.  The amount of the credit is 50% of qualified wages paid up to an annual limit of $10,000, which equals a maximum credit amount of $5,000 for each employee for the year.
The Social Security Administration recently issued an update that beneficiaries who have their regular monthly payments managed for them by another person, called a representative payee, will begin receiving their economic impact payments (EIPs) from the IRS in late May.
AHCA/NCAL continues to address many questions from members on reimbursement and legal issues related to COVID-19 testing in long term care.
Know an outstanding assisted living nurse or executive director? Last year, did your community create the best National Assisted Living Week® programming based on the “A Spark of Creativity” theme? Or maybe there is an unlicensed caregiver or someone in the dietary, housekeeping, or maintenance departments who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you answered yes, then check out  NCAL’s 2020 Awards Program.
Nominations are now open for NCAL’s 2020  Jan Thayer Pioneer Award. The award recognizes an individual who has moved the senior care profession forward, positively affecting the lives of those served and those who serve. Recipients must demonstrate dedication, leadership and considerable contributions to the senior care profession.
AHCA/NCAL’s expanded version of its popular Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO Version 2) in now available. The online training is recommended for individuals responsible for infection prevention and control in all long term care settings, including assisted living.
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