AHCA: COVID-19 Update #48 | Preparing for Widespread Testing

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

In This COVID-19 Update:

Preparing for Widespread Testing 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently emphasized the importance of testing for COVID-19 in nursing facilities. In addition, a growing number of states are requiring testing of all residents and/or staff. When accessing testing, we recommend providers ensure that the tests are FDA approved PCR tests (versus Antibody/Serology tests) and that the lab will bill Medicare directly. Providers need to have a plan in place to isolate residents who test positive, and follow CDC guidance for staff that test positive. More information and guidance on preparing for widespread testing is available in here

Documentation 

Law firm Husch Blackwell lays out some general steps for documenting activities and response efforts to be prepared for surveys and potential litigation.  AHCA/NCAL also recommends working with your legal counsel to develop practices. This resource is available to AHCA/NCAL members (log in required). 

Scammers Posing as Government Officials  

AHCA/NCAL has developed a resource to warn providers about potential scammers posing as government officials. Learn more about how to screen callers claiming to be representing a state or federal agency or official or claiming to be from the IRS, Department of Commerce, or a Bank or other financial institution without first verifying the caller’s identity. This resource also includes ways to protect residents from scammers and some safety tips to confirm legitimate outreach calls from CMS or the CDC.  

Separately, AHCA/NCAL had previously created a resource on how to beware of scams when working with vendors offering personal protective equipment. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15