LeadingAge Need to Know: COVID 19 - 8.7.20

Members | August 07, 2020

Daily updates as of August 7. 

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 coronavirus news and resources.

A Message From Katie
LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan wrote a message to members asking why government leaders are abandoning us during the pandemic.

Listening to Isaias’s rain battering my own house in Washington brought home the chilling words of Steve Bahmer, president & CEO of LeadingAge Florida: "If the coronavirus were a hurricane, it would be a Category-5,” he told a gathering of media representatives last Thursday on Zoom… And yet, the government officials who are typically on the front lines of natural disasters—visiting flooded neighborhoods and urging immediate relief for hurricane victims—are nowhere to be seen in the wake of the COVID hurricane.

Read Katie’s entire message urging Congress to stop the bickering and Act for Older Adults.

Take Action: Relief for Home Health and Hospice Providers
Join LeadingAge as we urge Congress to provide critical support to Medicare home health and hospice providers. Leaders in Congress are negotiating the next major COVID-19 relief package. NOW is the time to make your voice heard to ensure that home health and hospice providers are supported in the final relief bill. Please take action today to ensure home health and hospice providers’ crucial needs are in the next relief package.

New QuickCast: Lessons from the Pandemic on Addressing Loneliness
Looking for expert access on the quick? Free QuickCasts offer on-demand, short-form learning opportunities. In this 20-minute QuickCast, Jennifer Molinsky highlights lessons learned in addressing loneliness among older adults—and the challenges related to the equitable deployment of strategies. Watch now and check out more mental health online resources on the Learning Hub.

Collaborative Care HIT Summit : New Keynote Speakers Announced
The Collaborative Care HIT Summit is the premiere conference for information technology leaders in the long-term and post-acute care sector. Please take a sneak peek at the impressive speakers and topic line-up on the Summit’s agenda, and register today!

  • Dr. Don Rucker, national coordinator for health information technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS
  • Mary Greene, director, Office Of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics
  • Dan Hermann, president & CEO of Ziegler
  • Fahad Aziz, Co-Founder, Caremerge & Contributor, Forbes

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. A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful 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.