AHCA: COVID-19 Update #39 - New OSHA Resources

Nancy Leveille and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

In This COVID-19 Update:

  • New OSHA Resources 
  • New CMS Cohorting Guidance 
  • NETEC Webinar Series 
  • Update: CMS Revises COVID-19 FAQs on FFS Billing  

New OSHA Resources: Low/Unavailable PPE and Reporting Staff Cases 

AHCA/NCAL released four new resources on guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on critically low or unavailable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These new resources are applicable to all long term care providers.  

  • A form letter providers can fill in when responding to OSHA inquiries due to complaints regarding limited or unavailable PPE.  
  • A document on OSHA guidance when PPE is critically low or unavailable including steps providers can follow.  
  • An explanation of OSHA and CDC guidance on N95 respirators that are critically low or unavailable. This resource provides five options with guidance on what to do for a limited supply of N95 or other respirators to no N95 or other respirators available.  
  • A document with updated guidance from OSHA on employer recording and reporting New CMS Cohorting Guidance 

Today, CMS released detailed guidance on long term care facility transfers. This matches the cohorting guidance that AHCA/NCAL shared with you previously. 

All nursing homes and assisted living communities should make plans for cohorting residents even before COVID-19 enters the building. Cohorting is imperative to help control the spread of the virus. If possible, nursing homes and assisted living communities should also begin preparing wings, units or floors as “isolation units”. Isolation unit should be a separate, well-ventilated area, ideally with a separate entrance.

National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) COVID-19 Webinar Series  

In this webinar series, NETEC is providing facilities with the tools to educate health care workers and share preparedness best practices. NETEC will highlight subject matter experts who have been immersed in the many challenges and topics around COVID-19. 

Telemedicine Innovations
Monday, April 13, 2020 | 1:00 PM CDT 
Emory Healthcare has rapidly increased telemedicine on the outpatient and inpatient sides in response to the Covid Crisis. Learn about their approach before and during COVID, and they'll discuss possible post COVID scenarios.
Look for the recording soon to be available

Healthcare Workers and Masks 
Friday, April 17, 2020 | 11:00 AM CDT 
The what, how and why of masks for healthcare workers caring for patients during the COVID-19 outbreak.

All previous recordings and upcoming events can be found here.

Update: CMS Revises COVID-19 FAQs on FFS Billing 

CMS posted an updated version of their COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing document.  A change date is provided below each answer to indicate new and updated answers. The document is largely a repackaging of existing CMS guidance.   


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20 

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16