Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, June 3 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and other topics of importance.
“My CFO and I have some very interesting conversations in the shower each morning!”
At today’s Philanthropy Gathering, Oxford Seniors Executive Director Steve Schnabl spoke to the many roles that executives of small organizations must fill, as they simultaneously wear the CEO hat, the CFO hat, the fundraiser’s hat … and more.
The 2020 #ActivitiesStrong Virtual Summit was the largest and most successful virtual event for activity and life enrichment professionals in senior living. Following this success, the Summit returns on June 22 as a way to continue to acknowledge, educate, and empower activity and life enrichment professionals. Participants this year will be able to learn what the state of resident engagement will be post-COVID19 pandemic, explore best practices, and understand the long-lasting changes that will impact how we build person-centered experiences for older adults.
Please forward this information to the Activities team in your community.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in a news release yesterday confirmed that the Ohio Orders rescinded on June 2 would not include the Orders affecting nursing homes and assisted living, which include:
LeadingAge Ohio continues to advocate regarding concerns where the Ohio Orders are inconsistent with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), especially when the inconsistencies add extra burden, such as with the escorting requirement.
LeadingAge Ohio has asked ODH Bureau of Survey and Certification to respond to the following question:
The order says fully vaccinated residents can have close contact as long as wearing face mask whereas the updated guidance says they don’t have to wear source control if fully vaccinated. One additional thing that makes this confusing - the first item in the Ohio Order says to follow QSO-20-39 which has been updated with the CDC guidance. So, since the Order itself now conflicts within itself, can nursing homes allow fully vaccinated visitors in the designated visitation area to not wear a face mask?
ODH responded to the question by stating:
We would look at the QSO memo for compliance determination.
Antibiotic Stewardship is a focus area for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as outlined in the Updates and Initiatives to Ensure Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes QSO-20-03-NH memo. Failure to follow the organization’s own policies results in the most common Antibiotic Stewardship citations. Examples of these citations include:
The unnecessary medications and infection survey pathways provide the following surveyor guidance to determine compliance:
The survey pathways can be found on the CMS Nursing Home webpage, under the download section, and within the zip file called LTC Survey Pathways.
The Appendix PP State Operations Manual can be found under the download section.
As the survey process continues, LeadingAge Ohio is sharing tips each week to assist members during the survey process. Send questions you’d like addressed in future Tips of the Week to Stephanie DeWees at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for the monthly STAT: Survey Tips and Tactics webinar which occurs on the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00AM.
To all who participated in the 2021 LeadingAge Ohio Compensation Survey, Brad Webber from L.R. Webber reported that those who participated will be receiving their individual organization’s reports in the next few days. LeadingAge Ohio will be highlighting results in a future COVID-19 report. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Brad at email@example.com.
LeadingAge shares the latest coronavirus news and resources with members twice each weekday. This morning's Need to Know featured a new CAST case study and new insights and tools from LeadingAge.
Check out today's complete Need to Know here.
Please send all questions to COVID19@leadingageohio.org. Additionally, members are encouraged to visit the LeadingAge Ohio COVID-19 Working Group facebook gro up to pose questions to peers and share best practices. LeadingAge is continuing its daily calls for all members. To participate in these daily online updates, members should register here.
LeadingAge Ohio is working to ensure that the information in our daily alerts, on our website, and all coronavirus-related communications is as accurate as possible. However, LeadingAge Ohio makes no guarantees about the accuracy of the information.