PARCR - Posts Published in August 2020

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8/3/2020 - PARCR Admin

Here are some of the ways that LeadingAge PA has been assisting our member communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LeadingAge PA and ECRI offer biweekly updates on coronavirus, available resources, and related state agency coordination. On April 24, 2020, LeadingAge PA, the leading association of nonprofit senior services providers in Pennsylvania, and ECRI, an independent nonprofit organization improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care in all health care settings, announced a new alignment aimed at protecting Pennsylvania's older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these educational sessions on the LeadingAge PA website are offered at no charge to members.

LeadingAge PA is providing information to members on the availability of $50 million in grant funding to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will offer $1,200 per full-time employee earning less than $20 per hour and employed for the 10-week period from Aug. 16 - Oct. 24, up to 500 employees.

On July 24, 2020, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services announced a commitment of $5 billion in CARES Act funding to assist nursing facilities with COVID-19 specific training, enhanced testing, and technical support.

On July 31, 2020, the Department of Health (DOH) posted the Point of Care Testing document to the message board. DOH is accepting these tests for the POC test systems that CMS is sending, as long as facilities follow the guidance. It will require nursing facilities to report results through NEDSS, Pennsylvania's version of the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, have appropriately trained people do the testing, and have the PA CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) certificate or waiver.

LeadingAge PA is providing a dedicated COVID-19 page which provides updated information and resources.

LeadingAge PA, along with the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and the Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, sent a letter to Governor Wolf on July 31, 2020 urging Governor Wolf to provide additional funds to long-term care providers for testing.

The following information can be found on the https://www.pa.gov website under the Department of State

Pennsylvania Will Provide Postage-Paid Return Envelopes with Mail and Absentee Ballots

Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar announced that the Pennsylvania Department of State will provide funding for postage so all eligible voters can return their mail-in and absentee ballots at no cost to the voter for the 2020 general election.

"Our goal is to make voting as accessible, safe, and easy for eligible voters as possible," Secretary Boockvar said. "Mail-in or absentee voting with prepaid postage means Pennsylvanians can vote from the comfort of their own home, without having to make a trip to the post office to buy a stamp, during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Eligible voters may apply for their mail-in or absentee ballot online, in person at their county election offices, or by paper forms submitted by mail. Once the county determines the voter is eligible, the Department's funding will allow the counties to send a postage-paid ballot-return envelope with the ballot to the voter for their easy return.

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PARCR Meeting Procedures

8/27/2020 - PARCR Admin

The PARCR Executive Committee and the Task Force subcommittee have developed the format for our virtual Zoom Quarterly Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Community Delegates and Individual Members will be sent an Invitation Notice and Agenda which will outline the registration process and the highlights of the meetings program and agenda.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM and run approximately 1½ hours. The focus of the meeting will be the presentation “Technology Trends in CCRCs” by our speaker, Corey Miller, Director of Information Services at Cross Keys Village. Corey’s presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session. We will have an update from Anne Henry of LeadingAge PA also followed by a brief Q&A session.

IMPORTANT DETAIL: The Delegates and Individual Members who register by the deadline date will be sent the link to enter and participate in the meeting. As participants are welcomed into the meeting, their attendance will be monitored, and the membership roll will be taken. If a name does not appear on the membership/registration list, an individual will not be permitted to participate in the meeting.

It is the delegates’ responsibility to share information gathered at the PARCR meetings with their residents following each meeting and receipt of special bulletins. Individual residents of a community who wish to become a part of PARCR are encouraged to join the organization with an Individual Membership of $20. An application form is available on the PARCR website, www.parcr.org.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the offerings that PARCR provides for your community. You are an important liaison between PARCR and your community. Participants will be sent a survey which will help the Executive Committee in planning future meetings.

Nancy Hann
PARCR President

(PARCR Bulletin 20-04MP)

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