LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 3.18.20

Members | March 19, 2020

Daily update as of Wednesday, March 18. 

As LeadingAge members change the way you operate to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, we want you to know that we’re here for you. 

We are working with members and state partners to monitor the fast-changing situation, and, in collaboration with peer organizations and federal agencies, we will ensure that the health of the older adult population is a top priority during this time. Here’s a message from LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan about how we’re evolving our work to support you.

Following are the latest coronavirus updates and news.

Policy Updates, Analysis, and Tools

Read LeadingAge’s COVID-19 funding request to Congress. 

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published new guidance for the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organizations as part of CMS’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the LeadingAge summary now

CMS released COVID-19 telehealth waiver information yesterday. Read the LeadingAge summary now

Read LeadingAge and VNAA/ElevatingHOME’s requests for hospice and home health relief related to COVID-19. LeadingAge, VNAA/ElevatingHome, and other national hospice groups released recommendations for legislative and regulatory flexibilities for home health and hospice providers. Read the joint recommendations from national hospice groups regarding COVID-19 relief

During hearings of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Secretary Ben Carson was asked to defend his department’s work to help HUD-assisted communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the LeadingAge summary now

On March 13, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing announced a national call to answer questions from housing providers struggling to navigate COVID-19 in HUD-assisted housing. Read the LeadingAge summary now

Strength Through Shared Practices

LeadingAge was founded on the principle that we are strongest when we are working together. That is more true now than ever. This week, we’ve launched 2 new resources for members to connect with one another during this unprecedented time. 

We created a new MyLeadingAge Member Community group where LeadingAge members can share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus. Join the COVID-19 Group in the MyLeadingAge Member Community

Yesterday we began daily briefing calls for all members. Due to the overwhelming response, we changed platforms to accommodate additional participants. Please use this link to register for daily briefings moving forward. The calls are designed for members so they can hear from LeadingAge directly and ask questions about the very latest developments. Register for this daily call in advance or visit our website each evening and listen to a recording.

Listen to the daily briefing call from Wednesday, March 18.

Leadership & Advocacy 

As the trusted voice for aging, LeadingAge is speaking out to ensure that decision makers and the public have accurate information on the novel coronavirus' impact on our field. Visit the Driving the Coronavirus Conversation page for the latest LeadingAge statements and press releases, media coverage, and talking points and templates to help members field media inquiries and partner with local decision-makers. 

For more information and daily updates, please visit our coronavirus website.