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Information Regarding Nursing Homes and COVID-19 – April 24

Posted on April 25, 2020 by Admin


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Tonight, there has been updated information regarding the positive cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes around the state of Connecticut. I have been working with the CT Department of Health, nursing home administrators and local and state officials on steps we can take to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and provide care for those who have tested positive.

Our nursing home facilities have seen an increase in cases compared to the rest of the community. Please know that our healthcare workers are working tirelessly and are taking enhanced precautionary measures to help mitigate the spread of the virus. With the team, I am working everyday to ensure that they are receiving an adequate supply of personal protective equipment and necessary supplies to protect themselves and slow the spread of COVID-19.

The number of cases reported in nursing homes can be found here.

Governor Lamont has also issued an executive order that has increased the requirements in reporting COVID-19 cases in nursing homes. Please see the information below regarding this order.

  • Mandatory reporting by managed residential communities: Requires all managed residential communities, including assisted living facilities, to provide daily status reports to the state using the existing Connecticut Hospital and Long-Term Care Mutual Aid Plan.

  • Mandatory reporting by nursing homes: Requires all nursing homes to provide daily status reports using the Connecticut Hospital and Long-Term Care Mutual Aid Plan.

  • Civil Penalties for failure to comply with mandatory reporting: Subjects nursing homes that fail to comply with the mandatory reporting requirements of this order to civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation.

  • Waiving certain Medicaid prior authorization requirements: Modifies state statutes and regulations to authorize the commissioner of the Department of Social Services to temporarily waive, suspend, or modify any prior authorization and other utilization review requirements.

  • Waiving Medicaid bed reservation requirements for residents who are on leave from intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities: Authorizes the commissioner of the Department of Social Services to temporarily waive, suspend, or modify requirements to reserve beds for certain time periods for residents who are on home leave or who are hospitalized.

  • Waiving requirements for signed delivery receipt for medical equipment, devices, and supplies: Authorizes the commissioner of the Department of Social Services to temporarily waive, suspend, or modify requirements for providers of medical equipment, devices, and supplies to obtain a signed delivery receipt from the Medicaid member as a condition of payment.

The entire Executive Order can be viewed here.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or comments. Stay well.