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CHFS Surveillance COVID-19 Testing for Long-Term Care Facilities FAQs

FAQs Updated as of June 28, 2022, and salient points follow:

Beginning July 1, 2022, CHFS-contracting clinical labs will provide the following:

  1. Antigen Test Kits for ongoing surveillance test administration by the provider, and
  2. PCR testing to detect the presence of COVID-19 infections for
    • Any eligible person with a positive antigen test result, or
    • Any eligible person with a physician's order for a PCR test (following CDC-approved guidance).

 

To see an updated list of participating laboratories, Click Here and scroll down to the bottom left-hand side of the page to "List of participating labs: Beginning July 1, 2022." These clinical laboratories are eligible for reimbursement by CHFS until the federal funding for this program expires. There is no charge to residents for these tests.

 

Note to KSLA Associate Members - current clinical laboratories who desire to participate are invited to submit applications for consideration to CHFS.

 

Providers will continue reporting positive results only to KHIE or NHSN, the tested individual, and the selected participating clinical lab in the same fashion as for the first half of 2022.

 

This program is not mandatory for assisted living facilities or personal care homes, but is available, voluntary and strongly encouraged.

 

For additional information about the testing program, contact Carrie Anglin, Carrie.Anglin@ky.gov or 502-385-1712.

The Kentucky Senior Living Association Announces the Promotion of Rebecca Pfalzgraf to Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Senior Living Association (KSLA) is excited to announce the promotion of Rebecca Pfalzgraf from Director of Communications and Member Services to Executive Director. Rebecca has been with KSLA for more than four years. In her time with KSLA, she has provided top-notch support to the KSLA leadership and members in several areas including organizational management, communications, event planning, and member advocacy.

 

Rebecca brings over 30 years of customer relations experience and 20 years of organizational management experience to her new position, the last 4+ years being with KSLA. Each year during her time at KSLA, she has taken on a larger role in the planning and execution of the KSLA annual conferences under the direction of Bob White, former Executive Director, now retired.

 

In her new role, and in addition to her current responsibilities, Rebecca will be responsible for the management of all KSLA daily operations; technical and advocacy support of KSLA members; providing educational opportunities to KSLA members; growing the KSLA membership; and collaborating with industry leaders and representatives from state agencies including working to promulgate regulations related to the recently passed SB-11 legislation.

 

Rebecca’s first day in her new position was July 1, 2022.

1st & 3rd Tuesday Virtual Roundtable Discussions Suspended Until September 20

1st & 3rd Tuesday Virtual Roundtable Discussions Suspended Until September 20

Summer is upon us, and with it comes vacations for KSLA and its members. And, the work to promulgate regulations related to SB-11 should be beginning, and ongoing, for several months.

 

With all that in mind, we've decided to cancel the regularly scheduled 1st & 3rd Roundtable Discussions, now through September 20th.

 

However, we're still here and available to assist you. Contact us any time at KSLA@KentuckySeniorLiving.org, 502-938-5102, or by clicking the "Contact Us" button at the top or bottom of this eBlast.

Welcome New Members!

KSLA is pleased to welcome these two new Associate members:

 

Mullaney's, a Guardian Pharmacy

Mullaney's, a Guardian Pharmacy

Mullaney’s Pharmacy is dedicated to delivering the highest possible level of care to residents of assisted living facilities. Their team includes pharmacists, licensed pharmacy consultants, certified pharmacy technicians, registered nurses, billing experts, and experienced medication couriers. Your contact is Tom Mullaney, President, 513-587-6201, 513-543-8285, TMullaney@Mullaneyrx.com.

 

Senior Benefits Alliance

Senior Benefits Alliance

Senior Benefits Alliance is committed to excellence. Since their beginning, they have been working hard to ensure their clients receive the best possible services in Kentucky and Indiana. Their team of professionals offer unparalleled support and expert advice. Learn more about what they do by contacting Paul Kraft, Owner, 866-990-8581, 502-939-483, PKraft@SeniorBA.org.

Argentum Training Opportunities

Argentum Training Opportunities

New! Executive Director of Assisted Living Certificate Course

The new Executive Director of Assisted Living Certificate Course equips your executive directors, and those aspiring to become executive directors, with the tools required to effectively lead a senior living community. The certificate course provides best practices and fundamental information in 16 different areas. Earning the Executive Director of Assisted Living certificate is your opportunity to get job-ready for an in-demand career and demonstrates your commitment and competence as an Executive Director in the senior living industry.

 

Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL)

Offer peace of mind to your residents and families by earning the Certified Director of Assisted Living credential. The Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential demonstrates attainment of consistent, relevant, measurable and industry-recognized standards of practice in the assisted living executive director role.

 

Senior Living Sales Counselor Certificate

The Senior Living Sales Counselor Certificate delivers industry best practices in three core areas: Industry Knowledge, Marketing Strategy and the Consultative Sales Process. Help your entire team learn best practices and new ideas to effectively speak with prospective residents about your community and the options that may fit their needs and preferences.

CDC Update: COVID-19 Vaccinations – When Are You Up-to-Date?

CDC Update: COVID-19 Vaccinations - When Are You Up-to-Date?

The CDC has updated its guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations to include their definition of "up-to-date."

According to the latest guidance, "You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible.

To read all of the updated information, as of June 19, 2022, Click Here.

Welcome Associate Members!

KSLA would like to introduce some recently joined Associate members. You may have learned about some of these companies at our recent Conference in April - a few of whom were Conference sponsors and/or facilitated a table at the "Idea Share" General Session. We're excited that they've joined our membership!

Graham Company (Commercial Insurance Provider)

Graham Company has the experience to develop specialized products that fit your needs. Whether you are looking for an alternative risk financing mechanism, insuring a large project, making a critical acquisition, structuring coverage to protect your leadership, expanding your business or dealing with environmental issues, they can develop a solution that is customized for your business and your specific situation.

Your contact person is Hunter Henderson, Consultant, 801-680-7947, HHenderson@GrahamCo.com.

Industry Lab Diagnostic Partners

ILDP is an independent clinical reference laboratory committed to providing fast, reliable results to health care providers and patients.

Your contact person is Patty Hansel, 502-358-9724, PHansel@ildp.com.

KARE

A Revolutionary Staffing Solution BY the Industry FOR the Industry. KARE is thoughtfully brought to you by seasoned industry professionals.

With decades of combined experience operating senior care companies, we understand the impending threats of the labor crisis and the need to solve it.

Your contact is Rich Kortum, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, 832-380-8740, 402-560-2278, RKortum@DoYouKare.com.

Odessa Connect

OdessaConnect turns your residents' TV screen into a computer screen. No apps, downloads, or passwords. Designed to be simple and safe for seniors. Residents can control their TV and navigate OdessaConnect with one remote, which was designed in collaboration with geriatric specialists, our universal remote is easy to see, hold, and operate. It's a private TV channel with no spam, no junk mail, no robocalls. Only people your residents approve can join them on OdessaConnect. And your residents can connect simply with family, friends, caregivers via voice message or video call with one click.

Your contact is Angie Honza, Community Ambassador, 502-383-8439, 303-505-8086, Angie@OdessaConnect.tv.

Sedna Senior Advisors

Sedna Senior Advisors provides 100% free senior referral services to consumers. Jessica Heck and Shauna Darbyshire, long-time KSLA members and both veterans in the senior living industry, assess the consumers' needs, match them to a few communities based on those needs, go on tours with them, assist in coordination of moves, and provide follow up consulting once the resident moves in.

You can reach Sedna Senior Advisors at Jessica@SednaSeniorAdvisors.com, 502-255-2500 or 502-689-6909.

NEW! Executive Director of Assisted Living Certificate Course

Learn the fundamental skills an Executive Director needs to know with the Argentum Executive Director of Assisted Living Certificate Course.

Gather insight and best practices in 16 different learning modules, each designed to provide current executive directors, and those aspiring to become executive directors, with the fundamental information required to effectively lead a senior living community. You'll learn best practices in several areas including leadership, operations management, the customer experience, sales & marketing, emergency preparedness, and more!

Click Here to learn more.

COVID-19 Resource to Use in Making Decisions for your Community

A few KSLA members have asked recently if we've received any updated guidance regarding COVID-19 protocols. There is a helpful resource, which is a collaboration between Team Kentucky, KDPH & CHFS, that you can use in the decision making process at your community. It's called the Kentucky Coronavirus Monitoring site. While this site is not specific to long-term care, it does contain useful information such as:

  • An updated community level map, driven by data provided by the CDC, and updated each Friday.
  • Guidance related to vaccination, mask use, isolation & quarantine, physical distancing and high risk individuals. This guidance is broken down county color.
  • Steps to take if you've had a COVID-19 exposure or tested positive.
  • There are several downloadable PDFs under the "KDPH Guidance" menu.

Click Here to check out the site.

Pre-Approved Dementia Training List from Kentucky's Office of Dementia Services

The Kentucky Office of Dementia Service shared a larger list of pre-approved dementia training programs than the one we originally received from DAIL. Click Here to see this list.

 

As a reminder, the first step to being in compliance with the required training laid out in SB-61 is that Assisted Living communities should submit information about their current training programs to Jennifer Craig for approval. From what we've heard from ALCs who have already completed this step, the approval process is quick and no further action on their part has been needed.

 

Being in compliance with SB-61 by July 14, 2022, even if it is repealed, will put our communities on solid footing as it pertains to Alzheimer's/Dementia care training when SB-11 regulations are promulgated and take effect.

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