LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 4.28.20

Members | April 28, 2020

Daily updates as of April 28. 

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We are sharing the very latest with members twice each weekday. Morning updates go out via email, and we’re hosting daily online updates each weekday afternoon. You can visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Starting this week, our live online updates will happen five days a week on Monday-Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET. We’re ending weekend updates in favor of a weekdays-only schedule. Like over 4,000 of your colleagues, you can register for live online updates here. And, find an archive of all member updates here.

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

PPE Possibly Headed to Nursing Homes—But We Demand More
Early news reports and LeadingAge’s Washington insiders say the federal government will finally respond to our ongoing demand to make PPE available to aging services providers across the country. Packages containing an indeterminate supply of PPE may begin going out to nursing homes in early May. After repeated pleas from LeadingAge and thousands of advocates during our National Day of Action for Aging Services, it’s heartening to hear that the government is taking action. We’ll share more details as they become available.

This is good news for members like Cobble Hill Health Center in New York, which sent repeated appeals for equipment and support to their local Health Department, but still saw shortages so severe that staff resorted to trash bags as protection. (Read media coverage of their story here.) Does this sound familiar? Please email our media manager Lisa Sanders if you’re willing to share your story with the press in our fight for greater support for all our members.

This forthcoming action from the Feds is welcome—but not nearly enough. We are continuing to fight on the Hill and in the media for access and prioritization of PPE to the entire continuum of care, as well as access to testing and additional funding support.

Advance Care Planning and Serious Illness Communication
Aging services providers are no strangers to helping older people and their families navigate serious illness and end-of-life decisions. But in the face of COVID-19, advance care planning is more important than ever.

We’ve gathered materials and resources to help you have conversations with residents and clients who are high risk for serious complications of COVID-19. On our Advance Care and Serious Illness Resources page, you’ll find trusted resources offering tools, tips, advice, and best practices focused on COVID-19.

And in case you missed it, listen to the recording of our April 17 Coronavirus Daily Member Update call when Dr. Danielle Doberman spoke about advance care planning and serious illness communication A handout she created for our members can be found here.

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.

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

CMS PACE Stakeholder Call
CMS will hold a stakeholder call for PACE organizations and Medicare Advantage and Part D plans on April 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The call will cover “the 2021 Rate Announcement, as well as guidance related to the COVID-19 outbreak for MA organizations, PACE organizations, and Part D.” The conference line will be available at 1:45pm: (888) 989-6413, meeting ID 3744207.

Trusted Business Resources
Don’t forget that LeadingAge is curating many offers from businesses wanting to help members get through the coronavirus crisis. New offers are posted on our website now and more are added each week.

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 nearly 750 of your fellow members in the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.