​​​​​​​​The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) said it will host a follow-up “office hour” webinar on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and How it Impacts Long Term Care on Oct. 7 at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for member facilities.

AHCA/NCAL Department of Labor consultants from Jackson Lewis, Craig S. Roberts, principal, and Henry Shapiro, associate, will answer questions from a previous AHCA/NCAL webinar and on the FFCRA impacting long term care. 

There is a recording​ of the first webinar on www.ahca.org.

AHCA/NCAL said providers on the call should note that information gathered from the webinar is not meant to take the place of guidance from legal counsel.  

CLICK HERE for the meeting link. The meeting number is 172 281 2053, and the password is QExXPBc5b36. Join via audio by dialing 415-655-0003.

In other COVID-19 developments, AHCA/NCAL said the federal government is using National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data it receives from nursing homes to respond to a facility’s personal protective equipment (PPE) needs.

AHCA/NCAL said Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma highlighted this point during a White House call with providers on Oct. 2.

“NHSN data allow [the federal government] to directly target any facility saying that they are challenged with PPE supplies. Verma reported that utilizing the NHSN reported data, they were able to facilitate support to more than 1,000 long term care facilities and directly shipped N-95 masks in August,” AHCA/NCAL said.

“This emphasizes the importance of actively reporting to NHSN as they are using this data to facilitate supply designations to facilities.” 

Finally, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said last week that the Trump administration will renew the Public Health Emergency declaration effective Oct. 23. The declaration will extend the availability of waivers and funding that are available under the Public Health Emergency and expires in January 2021.