LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 8.27.20

Members | August 27, 2020

Daily updates as of August 27, 2020. 

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates Mondays and Wednesdays. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest news and resources.

A Message From Our Board Chair
LeadingAge Board Chair, Carol Silver Elliott, offers this message to members about staying strong during the pandemic.

“I’ve thought recently about those words “stay strong” and what they mean. Strength, as we all well know, is far more than its physical aspect. It’s mental, it’s emotional and it is, I think, a defining characteristic of leadership.”

Read the entire message from Carol on her reflections on strength.

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 August 25, CMS made important announcements. They launched new infection control training for nursing homes and released an Interim Final Rule addressing COVID-19 testing of nursing home staff and reporting requirements for clinical labs’ testing. Read LeadingAge’s analysis of the CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff and Management, and a summary of the provisions in the rule. A complete timeline of COVID-19 insights, tools, and useful links is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

Fall 2020 Advocacy With Congress
There has never been a more critical time for us to tell our stories and work with our elected leaders in Congress to enact policies and provide comprehensive relief for older adults and their care workers. As Congress continues negotiations on a relief bill, they also must have a bill or continuing resolution to fund the federal government for 2021 by September 30. We’re urging our members to contact Congress to ensure your voice is heard. Your story is the most powerful tool we have. By sharing the struggles you and your communities have faced during the pandemic, you can help ensure a bill is passed. We’ve developed a Conversations With Congress Fall Advocacy Guide to help your fall advocacy efforts.

Only 2 Days Left to Save $75
Don’t miss out on the early bird special for the virtual 2020 Collaborative Care & HIT Summit, September 15-17. Register before this Friday, August 28 using discount code TSAP2020 to receive $75 off your registration.

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.