Indiana Health Care Association (IHCA) provides excellent overview of CMS Interim Final Rule with New Requirements for COVID-19 Reporting for Long-Term Care Facilities
Long Term Care Newsletters
ISDH Division of Long Term Care (LTC) has developed newsletters that contain important information and updates from ISDH, CMS and CDC. The entire list of LTC Newsletters are available at the following websites:
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LTCF and RCFs may allow outdoor visitation if:
The county of the facility has entered Indiana’s stage 2 “back on track plan”; and
The facility has had no new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days.
Please read the guidance carefully, to see and understand all conditions for outside visits.
ISDH Reminds All LTC Providers to Enter PPE in EMResource Daily
COVID-19 STAFF TESTING
ISDH Will Contact Each Nursing Facility on Staff Testing For COVID-19 - June 3rd.
Last evening, the Indiana State Department of Health notified HOPE of its plan to facilitate COVID-19 testing of nursing facility staff. Under this plan, all staff will be tested in June and there will be no charge to the facility or staff for testing.
ISDH will be reaching out today to all long-term facilities to get the answer to which testing scenario they would prefer.
ISDH will deliver the test kits and PPE to the nursing facility who would use their own staff to collect and store the samples. ISDH would then pick up the samples and deliver them to our partner lab.
ISDH will schedule a day and time to do onsite sample collection of your staff. This would require all staff being present during a 4-hour window to be tested. Samples would then be delivered to our partner lab
In both of these scenarios, facilities will need to pre-register all staff using a web-based platform provided by ISDH. Each nursing facility will be contacted by ISDH by close of business today. If you are not contacted by ISDH today, please let me know. email@example.com or 812-470-8256
At this time HOPE has no concrete information about future requirements for on-going testing.
April 10: Critical Update - ISDH has specified how to report positive test results and deaths attributed to COVID-19