We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates three days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.
Following are the latest news and resources.

CMS Announcement

Last night, CMS’ revised recommendations on nursing home visitations, opening the door for greater in-person connections. As we wrote in our Feb. 24 letter to the Biden administration, COVID-19 vaccines are the most significant development of the pandemic and our members needed federal policy to reflect the real progress that has been made in vaccinating nursing home residents and staff. Read our analysis here.

LeadingAge Urges Government to Broaden Vaccine Focus to Additional Key Populations

Yesterday, LeadingAge, along with Argentum, American Seniors Housing Association, and AHCA/NCAL, urged the Biden Administration, as a matter of equity, to prioritize other vulnerable older Americans in urgent need of vaccinations. The letter to Dr. Cameron Webb, White House Senior Policy Advisor for COVID-19 Equity, calls out key populations, including vulnerable older individuals who live in other types of residential settings that were not included in the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care—as well as older people who are served in community settings, such as adult day and PACE centers for whom no vaccination provisions have been made. Read the press release.

Today’s Online Coronavirus Policy Updates

Join us today at 3:30 p.m. ET for our online policy update with Dr. David Wong. He’ll discuss a new coalition looking to expand the staffing resources and use of monoclonal antibody treatments for providers. We will also provide updates on the next steps in the passage of the American Recovery Act and what providers have to look forward to in the coming weeks. Register now to join us.

Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Post-COVID Compliance

Register for our April 8 Live Webinar that’s focused on addressing preparedness challenges faced by nursing home and hospice providers as they prepare to return to pre-pandemic operations. We’ll cover different approaches to sunsetting 1135 waivers, staff education, survey citation trends, and more. Sign up today. Participants will receive CE credits.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge

LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential advocacy, guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers on COVID-19 and beyond, including:​​​​

A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful COVID-19 links is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

Questions? Ask LeadingAge National, Your State Association, or Each Other

There are many ways to get help during this crisis. Contact LeadingAge’s national team directly or email us at covid@leadingage.org. If you have questions about local and state issues, contact your state association. Join the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.

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