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Industry, lawmakers agree: Assisted living needs COVID-19 help

Now that Sens. Warren and Markey and Rep. Maloney realize what the industry has been saying to anyone who would listen for months now — that senior living operators need resources to battle COVID-19, too — it’s time for them to convince their colleagues in the Senate and House of their discovery and then put their (our, actually) money where their mouths are.
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‘Misleading’ report tied to federal bill with COVID-19-related requirements for assisted living, industry group says

Assisted living communities would be required to report confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 to federal, state and local health officials, as well as to residents and their families — and would have one day to do it — under legislation announced by two U.S. senators and one congresswoman. The report on which the bill is based, however, “falls short” and is “misleading,” according to one association representing operators.
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Looking for provider relief funds? These tips can help

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would distribute approximately $15 billion in grants to eligible state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program providers, including assisted living operators. Payments from the distribution will be determined using data that eligible providers enter into an enhanced Provider Relief Fund portal.
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Assisted living ‘ignored’ in COVID-19 discussions, expert tells Senate Aging Committee

Although assisted living communities are home to residents who “are completely just as vulnerable” as nursing home residents to COVID-19, “we sort of tend to ignore them in these situations” because the communities are licensed by states instead of the federal government and don’t receive much funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, one expert witness told the Senate Special Committee on Aging on Thursday.
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Industry repeats call for resources as Congress members ask for assisted living COVID-19 case details

Industry associations are supporting the transparency requested by three members of Congress who have asked 11 assisted living companies to detail their case counts and strategies related to COVID-19 — including use of personal protective equipment and testing, but the associations also continue to call on the federal government to prioritize assisted living operators for PPE and other resources to battle the disease.

HHS to issue guidance on federal oversight of assisted living by end of year

The Department of Health and Human Services expects to issue a policy statement by the end of 2020 that addresses the monitoring and reporting of “critical incidents” — such as abuse, neglect and exploitation — involving Medicaid beneficiaries who live in assisted living communities, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday.