AHCA: COVID-19 Update | Considerations When Testing Residents and Employees and Screening Employees for COVID-19

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

With test kits being distributed to SNF and ALs, there are several considerations to take into account around screening employees and testing both employees and residents for COVID-19. 

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recommends employees be screened privately. Medical information, including an employee’s temperature and answers to screening questions will need to be maintained as a private medical record.  

Time spent waiting for the health screening and testing should be recorded as time worked for non-exempt employees.  

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reminds employers that typically, measuring an employee’s body temperature is a medical examination. Employers may measure employees’ body temperature because the CDC and state/local health authorities have acknowledged community spread of COVID-19 and issued precautions.  

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Other COVID-19 Updates

Office Hours: Department of Labor and COVID-19: On Wednesday, September 30 at 3:00 PM Eastern, AHCA/NCAL will host an “office hour" to answer your questions about the new Department of Labor coronavirus leave requirements. Our Department of Labor (DOL) consultants from Jackson Lewis, Craig S. Roberts, Principal and Henry Shapiro , Associate, will present an overview and updates to leave requirements in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act impacting long term care. This overview will include the new definition of healthcare workers. After their presentation, the consultants will be available for your questions. Please note, this is not meant to take the place of guidance from your legal counsel.  

No pre-registration is required but you will need to login using your computer or WebEx app as questions will be accepted using the chat function. All lines will be muted.  

Join the WebEX here
•    Meeting number (access code): 172 101 3462 
•    Meeting password: Pb3V8xmJJW2  Read More

Coronavirus Testing in Nursing Homes Webinar: On Thursday, October 1, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM Eastern, there will be an ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network webinar on Coronavirus testing in nursing homes. 
 
Speakers include:  

  • Nimalie Stone MD, Medical Epidemiologist and Lead for COVID-19 response in LTC at the CDC 
  • Richard Feifer MD, CMO of Genesis HealthCare and President of Genesis Physician Services 

 Following each brief presentation there will be a moderated Q&A.  
 
Registration is required and can be done here.  Read More

CMS Releases New Tools to Streamline CLIA Certification:
On Friday, September 25, CMS released several new tools to help reduce delays for laboratories or other sites seeking a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Waiver. This applies to skilled nursing facilities or assisted living communities who are seeking a CLIA waiver to perform COVID-19 point of care testing.   Read More

CDC to Release New Point of Care Laboratory Reporting Pathway through NHSN:
The CDC has recently announced a new Point of Care (POC) Laboratory Reporting Pathway through their National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) LTC COVID-19 Module. The new reporting pathway will be released on October 15, 2020.  Read More

READ MORE COVID-19 UPDATES

Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15