LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 3.24.20

Members | March 24, 2020

Daily update as of Tuesday, March 24

Daily Coronavirus Live Online Updates Are Back!

We are sharing the very latest information with members twice daily. Morning updates go out via email, and we’re hosting daily live online updates each afternoon.

Starting today, we’re bringing back daily live online updates at 3:30 p.m. ET. Yesterday, we tried to deliver recorded-only updates—to avoid technical problems we experienced with last week’s events. But many of you missed the live update, so we’re switching back starting this afternoon. PLEASE REGISTER TODAY.

Coronavirus Daily Member Update: LIVE ONLINE
March 24 – April 26 (7 days/week)
3:30 p.m. ET daily
Register for the entire series today

Everyone must register again for this new series of live online updates. When you register, you will be automatically signed up for every update through April 26. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation with your unique weblink, which you can use every day. There will be no telephone option.

Thank you for your patience as we work to find the best way to deliver these daily updates. Due to overwhelming response—and in light of the added strain on virtual meeting platforms—members may still have connection problems with live call-ins. Recordings will be available, should you experience access problems.

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

Yesterday, CMS announced further suspension and re-prioritization of survey activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Memo QSO-20-20-ALL highlights this re-prioritization, as well as new guidance for non-nursing home settings on visitors and screening, and access to all settings for health care providers. LeadingAge analysis on survey re-prioritization is available now, and additional guidance is forthcoming. You can read Wall Street Journal coverage of this important change, featuring Deb Murphy from LeadingAge Washington.

At 4 p.m. ET today, CMS will host a call for PACE organizations and state officials on issues related to COVID-19. They plan to review guidance from CMS and CDC, discuss recent developments, and welcome questions.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge

LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers.

From LeadingAge Centers

During the coronavirus health emergency, the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston will be sharing research studies and research-based articles focusing on how the pandemic is affecting older adults and the people who care for them. Check out our brief summaries of data and analysis from these trusted sources:

  • JAMDA: Things to consider when accepting recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals.
  • Health Affairs: Practical ways to stand behind frontline workers.
  • Kaiser Health News: Older Americans may soon have to compete for ICU beds.

Media Support & Materials

We know that members need help managing the media as the situation in their community changes or gets worse. We’ve got a set of crisis communications materials and a sample media statement already posted (along with our releases and relevant media coverage).

My LeadingAge Member Community

The Member Community is an online discussion forum between LeadingAge members. Join the COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.