CORONAVIRUS UPDATES 

Check this page daily for regular updates and latest state and federal guidance on COVID-19.
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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH:
CDPH issues clarifying guidance on care for COVID-19 patients 4/1/20
CDPH issues temporary suspension of regulatory enforcement 3/30/20
CDPH 1135 waiver request to CMS (not approved) 3/24/20
Deadline extended for patient needs and workforce shortage waivers 3/23/20 
Program flex for for waiving staffing requirements 3/13/20
Program flex requests for visitation 3/11//20|
AFL 20-22.1 - Guidance for limited transmission of COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities 
CDPH issues new facility visitation waiver details 3/11/20
Waiver for temporary child care for staff 3/17/20
AFL 20-17 Facility preparation for coronavirus 3/3/20
One-page COVID-19 guidance 3/8/20
For a complete list of AFL's from the CDPH, click here

CAHF GUIDANCE:
Preparation for patient surge - CAHF Disaster Preparedness Program
3/23/20
CAHF guidance on AFL's urging preparation for COVID-19 patients 3/23/20
Communication for confirmed coronavirus cases in your facility - Members only 3/22/20
Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator - MHOAC - Contact list for supplies   Resource Request form 3/15/20
CAHF Urges visit limitations to avoid Coronavirus 3/10/20
CAHF Checklist - Guidance to prepare and manage COVID-19 3/9/20

CMS INFORMATION:
New infection control guidance for skilled nursing facilities
4/2/20
CMS issues temporary emergency blanket waiver 3/30/20
Medicare telehealth and telemedicine services toolkit 3/27/20
CMS 1135 Waiver covers prior authorizations, enrollment, alternative settings 3/23/20
Quality Reporting Program requirements suspended 3/22/20
New info and links on CMS waiver of 3 day hospital stay requirement 3/17/20
CMS issues new visitation guidance 3/14/20
CMS issues updated recommendation to screen facility visitors 3/9/20
CMS guidance on screening, patient discharges and survey changes 3/4/20
     QSO 20-14   Nursing Home guidance on screening employees and visitors and transfers and discharges of patients
     QSO 20-12    CMS re-prioritizes survey to include immediate jeapordy and coronavirus prevention
     QSO  20-13   Hospital guidance on testing and management of COVID-19 patients

CDC:
Revised screening checklist for visitors and staff  3/31/20
Return to work criteria for workers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19  3/27/19
New guidance from CDC on optimizing use of masks and other personal protective equipment 3/18/20
EPA registered antimicrobial products for use against Coronavirus 3/5/20
CDC policies and procedures for skilled nursing facilities on preventing coronavirus spread 3/1/20 


AHCA:
Steps to limit spread of COVID-19 in buildings 4/2/20
Updated guidance on admitting patients from the hospital 3/30/20
Advice on accepting COVID+ patients 3/28/20
What to do when COVID-19 surfaces in a skilled nursing facility 3/26/20
COVID-19 screening checklist for visitors and staff 3/13/20
AHCA guidance: Restrict all non-essential SNF visits 3/10/20

LA  COUNTY
Guidance for acceptance of COVID positive patients 3/23/20
Los Angeles County Health Alert Network - Optimizing N95 supplies advisory 3/4/20

REIMBURSEMENT:
Catastrophic plan coverage and COVID-19 - CMS guidance 3/18/20
Expansion of telehealth benefits for Medicare patients during COVID-19 3/17/20
CMS issues FAQs regarding Medicare payments for COVID-19 lab tests, services 3/5/20
State will pay for medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 3/5/20

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICE PROVIDERS:
Click here for directives and waivers
CMS guidance for infection control and prevention of COVID-19 3/30/20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES:
Medical FFS state fair hearings 1135 waivers 3/27/20 

CALOSHA
Guidance for respirator supply shortage 3/28/29

OTHER RESOURCES:
California Department of Public Health 
CAHF Disaster Preparedness Program – Infectious Disease
Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) contact list
Centers for Disease Control 
American Health Care Association