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FHCA Webinar Series: COVID-19 Containment in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities – Strategies for Success

Florida Health Care Association is offering this webinar series to support nursing homes and assisted living facilities as they work to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep the residents and staff safe and protected. Statewide partners, leaders on the frontlines and experts in infection control will come together in this series to provide important information and best practice solutions for addressing some of the most pressing issues, including testing, caring for residents with COVID-19 and hospital-to-nursing home transfer and admissions.

Event Agenda

Tuesday, May 12: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Testing Expectations & Precautionary Measures

For Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities

Speakers: Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees; DOH Rep; Dr. Shaun Corbett, Chief Medical Director, Miami Jewish Health

Join Surgeon General Scott Rivkees and a representative from the Department of Health for an overview of Florida’s expanded testing plans for Florida long term care centers. Attendees will learn how facilities are identified for testing by DOH supported by the Florida National Guard, the onsite process for conducting tests, the benefits of ensuring both residents and all staff are participating, and the continue-to-work and return-to-work criteria once testing occurs. Dr. Shaun Corbett of Miami Jewish Health, who has conducted facility-wide testing of all residents and staff, will share insight about the experience, how to properly educate staff about the process and message the outcomes to families, media and other stakeholders. A review of key infection prevention protocols and social distancing techniques both inside the facility, as well as screening those entering the facility, will also be covered.

Thursday, May 14: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Positive Case Identified: What to Expect

Nursing Home Specific

Speakers:  Molly McKinstry, Agency for Health Care Administration; A.C. Burke, RB Health Partners, Inc.; Michelle Dillehay, Agency for Health Care Administration; Dept. of Health representative

Expanded testing in long term care facilities means the number of positive cases in both residents and staff is likely to increase. In this webinar, A.C. Burke of RB Health Partners, Inc. will address the current CDC guidelines on initial management and care of residents who have developed symptoms and/or tested positive. This will include a process for monitoring symptoms, how to properly isolate residents who are positive from residents who are not, designating staff and the appropriate personal protective equipment for the care of these residents. Michelle Dillehay of AHCA will outline the elements of the COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey, and a representative from Department of Health will walk attendees through the DOH process for notification, initial visit and assessment to assist the center in supporting their residents and staff.

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Tuesday, May 19: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Transfer and Admissions: Keys to Building a Strong Hospital-Nursing Home Partnership

Nursing Home Specific

Speakers: Secretary Mary Mayhew, Agency for Health Care Administration; Rob Greene, CEO, Palm Healthcare Management; Crystal Stickle/Martha DeCastro Florida Hospital Association

Join Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Secretary Mary Mayhew for an important update on strengthening our state’s health system partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Expectations about transfers and admissions between hospitals and nursing centers will be discussed, including an update on the recent AHCA requirements for nursing home resident transfers and the Emergency Rule requiring hospital testing prior to nursing home admission. Attendees will also hear from Rob Greene of Palm Healthcare Management and hospital representatives on best practices for transfer protocols between hospitals and nursing centers, along with tips for building local relationships, the importance of ongoing communication and identifying the right team members to ensure a successful partnership going forward.

Thursday, May 21: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Cohorting: Steps to Setting Up Your Facility’s COVID-19 Unit

Nursing Home Specific

Speakers: Geoff Fraser, Clear Choice Health Care; Scott Waltz, Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Office of Plans and Construction; Kim Smoak, AHCA Bureau Chief Field Operations

Facilities continue to take unprecedented steps to contain COVID-19, which includes creating dedicated wings for the care of residents who have the virus, separate from isolation wings for new admissions. In this webinar, attendees will learn the steps for properly and safety setting up a COVID-19 unit, from the structural requirements, clinical aspects, staffing and personal protective equipment needs and financial considerations. Hear from a panel of experts who will share administration, maintenance/life safety, nursing, risk management and reimbursement perspectives.

Wednesday, May 27: 11:00 a.m. EST

AHCA’s Emergency Status System: What’s New & What Facilities Need to Know

For Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities

Speaker: Molly McKinstry, Agency for Health Care Administration Deputy Secretary

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are required to use the Agency for Health Care Administration's Emergency Status System (ESS) for reporting their emergency status, planning or operations. The ESS has been an important data source during the COVID-19 state of emergency, with information being used to populate the Department of Health's public reports on long term care facility cases. ESS is also being used to capture data that will support the state's initiative related to testing, including a facility's ability to test. Join AHCA Deputy Secretary Molly McKinstry for an overview of the Emergency Status System, including a review of the timeframe for reporting, newly-added fields and the importance of ESS reporting during the start of the 2020 Hurricane Season, particularly surrounding the COVID-19 public health emergency. Ms. McKinstry will walk attendees through the Long Term Care Facility Additional Info Entry - Questions Guidance and discuss the need for accurate and timely reporting as it relates to COVID-19 and other emergencies.