The world’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response is rapidly evolving daily. As a national provider of real estate solutions for disability providers, Scioto Properties is affiliated with many associations and resources of information that may be informative to providers. We would like to share tips, information, and resources that you may find useful. This page is NOT meant to be a comprehensive source for information, please contact your local agencies for information in your state. (Last update, June 18, 2020)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Direct Care Providers ( CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: For Providers
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing relief for Medicaid and CHIP providers across the country on the front lines of #COVID19. This critical funding was provided through the bipartisan relief packages passed by Congress. CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. (6/11/2020)
Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund Payment Forms and Guidance
HHS expects to distribute $15 billion to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers. The payment to each provider will be at least 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care; the final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data is submitted, including information about the number of Medicaid patients providers serve. Providers must submit their data by July 20, 2020. Before applying through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal applicants should:
Join the webcast to learn more about the application process. Please pre-register to reserve a spot on your preferred date:
What do Direct Service Providers for people with disabilities need to know about COVID-19? Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for recent guidance to follow when providing home and community-based, health-related services that support people with disabilities. (6/11/2020)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes recent updates, information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), prevention tips, and guidelines.
Symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the CDC.
CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (Interim Guidance) 5/4/2020
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
CARES Act Provider Relief Fund provides $100 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. For information on the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund and how to apply, visit the HHS.gov website. 4/27/2020
Small Business Paycheck Protection Program. The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Please see the Treasury links below:
Download the Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act. 4/1/2020
COVID-19 Telehealth Program
The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the novel Coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services until the program’s funds have been expended or the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. Submit an application. 4/14/2020
American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
The ANCOR Association website ANCOR COVID-19 Resource Center is an excellent resource of timely information for I/DD Providers. Updated daily.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief related to COVID-19.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) late Monday (3/23/2020) approved 11 new state Medicaid waivers, opening the door for emergency solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic — from the elimination of prior authorization requirements to the potential provision of care at unlicensed facilities. Emergency Medicaid Waivers Expand to 13 States
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved an additional two state Medicaid waiver requests under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act (Act), to ensure states have the necessary tools to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The total number of approved Section 1135 waivers for states is now forty. (4/2/2020)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Healthcare Programs is canceling or postponing inspections or other site visits and in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case at a HUD-insured facility. To know what steps Owners and Operators should take to protect residents, staff, and the community – The Office of Healthcare Programs for the Federal Housing Administration has put together questions and answers document for external stakeholders around Coronavirus (COVID-19). HUD.gov
Administration for Community Living (ACL) COVID-19 information for older adults and people with disabilities. If you need help finding services in your community, the Eldercare Locator can help. Visit https://eldercare.acl.gov/ or call 1-800-677-1116. 3/31/2020
During the COVID-19 national emergency, which also constitutes a nationwide public health emergency, covered health care providers subject to the HIPAA Rules may seek to communicate with patients and provide telehealth services, through remote communications technologies. HHS.gov
State Information for Disability Providers:
ANCOR State Tracker: A listing by state of actions and guidance from state health agencies, state developmental disability agencies, and state agencies in response to Covid-19. Updated regularly when new information is available.
CDC Information for Facilities:
The National Adult Day Program Association (NADSA) has created a Corona Virus Facebook page where you can ask questions and share information. There is also a public page with information and links for Day Program providers on the NADSA website. 4/2/2020
Information for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs):
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has created a free COVID-19 tool kit for Direct Support Professionals with self-care information and additional resources for individuals. 4/3/2020
Disability Rights New York (DRNY) has filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for New York’s failure to prioritize PPE for group homes. 4/24/2020
Drug Recovery Counseling
In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. They offer a variety of pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities. 4/13/2020
Cleaning and disinfecting your facility – Tips from the CDC 4/2/2020
Stress and Coping with Anxiety The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. CDC information and tips to help cope with stress and anxiety, 4/13/2020
The Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) has created a one-page document that can be completed by a provider, county board, or family member to share key health information with medical professionals. Due to concerns that some people with developmental disabilities may have to enter a hospital/emergency room without the assistance of their direct support professional or family member due to COVID-19 protocols, this “Health Passport” provides basic information about the person. 4/7/2020
Circumvent Common COVID-19 Challenges – Consider these five tips if you’re experiencing challenges procuring groceries and other essential items. Tips on how to order from essential items from Amazon 4/13/2020
We will continue to monitor the news and any reports or requirements from the CDC and local, state and federal governments. Our focus, dedication, and support are unwavering as we navigate these unique times.