FEDERAL NEWS

TODAY (May 18th) is the Deadline to File Late Reporting Request for PRF Reporting Period 2(RP2)
Providers who encountered extenuating circumstances when attempting to file their PRF report for RP2 have until Wednesday, May 18th at 10:59 PM Central to submit a Late Reporting Request with HRSA. In other words, it presents these providers an opportunity to get into compliance with the PRF reporting requirements and avoid having to repay PRF received in the last half of 2020. Further details on this process can be found here.

Webinar on NHSN Changes TOMORROW at Noon – 1 PM Central
CDC previously announced 4 webinars to preview upcoming changes to NHSN reporting, changes to the LTCF COVID-19 module pathways and to COVID-19 Vaccination module. Training on the LTCF COVID-19 module pathways has been postponed. Topic: Updates to the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules for Residents and Healthcare Personnel. Register in advance

VACCINE NEWS

CDC Updates on Vaccine Storage
Last Friday, LeadingAge participated in a call with CDC to discuss vaccine storage. CDC shared resources on COVID-19 vaccine storage: 

 In addition, boosters were discussed, and the following question arose and was answered by CDC:

Q: For those eligible to receive a second booster dose now, will they be able to get another one this fall?

A: FDA and CDC will continue to discuss the data and need for a booster dose this fall. We anticipate those who choose to get a second booster now may still need additional doses later this year, if authorized. In the meantime, with cases of COVID-19 rising again in some parts of the world—and the possibility that the U.S. will experience another uptick in COVID-19 cases in the coming months—this update allows these individuals the option to increase their individual protection now. Another booster dose could help restore protection that may wane over time and provide peace of mind for those who want optimal protection as soon as possible.

Kansas COVID-19 Vaccination Overview As of 5/18/2022     

  • 4,410,441 Total Doses Reported as Administered      
    – First Dose: 1,973,269
    – Second Dose: 1,606,924
    – Third Dose: 830,249
  • 5,804,610 Total Doses Distributed      
    – State Distributed: 3,136,400
  • 62.9% of Kansans Vaccinated with One Dose    
  • 55.0% of Kansas Completed COVID-19 Vaccine Series

As of 5/18/2022

Source: https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/158/Data  

TESTING NEWS

Additional Free At-Home, Rapid COVID-⁠19 Tests
The Biden Administration is announcing that www.COVIDTests.gov is now open for a third round of ordering. People who have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages—7 AM to 11:00 PM CT, 7 days a week. For more information, click here.

LEADINGAGE KANSAS NEWS

Join Us This Friday for our Weekly Webinars
Get the latest on COVID, CMS, the Legislature and more each Friday at 10 AM. If you haven’t registered for future calls, you can do so here. If you would like to listen to updates you have missed, visit this page.

LEADINGAGE NATIONAL NEWS

CONTACT CONGRESS – COVID-19 Funding Action Alert
Now is the time to ask Congress to fully fund additional support for the nation’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19—especially for older adults who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Experts are predicting new surges in the late Summer and Fall but additional funding is needed to make sure the country has enough vaccines, boosters, tests, and treatments to meet projected needs. We know the tools we need to confront COVID-19; Congress must act now so communities across the nation are prepared to deal with the coming surges. Please take two minutes to write to members of Congress now to advocate for more COVID-19 relief.

New Provider Relief Fund Page on LeadingAge Website
LeadingAge has co-located all articles, tools, letters and resources on Provider Relief Funds on a single web page to make it easier for members to find the key dates and information they need. Members can find a link to the page on the Coronavirus Resources page under Provider Resources in the left-hand column.

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Dana is so much more than her title, which is Chief Operating Officer of LeadingAge Kansas. Her passion for elders transcends her formalized role and is visible in all facets of the association. She provides leadership to education, membership, office and account management, oversees IT, serves on the management team, writes grants, and develops new programs. Dana also serves as Executive Director of the LeadingAge Kansas Foundation. Despite her humongous role in LeadingAge Kansas’s success, she maintains a humble perspective and is thrilled just to make members easier by helping them solve their problems. She has a passion for seniors and believes they’re the most interesting and underrated group of people in America. In her free time, you can find Dana chasing storms and blogging about food! Contact Dana at 785.233.7443, ext. 109.