Physical Disabilities & Aging

CMS has announced it will be hosting two calls tomorrow, Thursday, April 9, with the opportunity to ask questions of CMS officials regarding COVID-19 regulatory relief. A Special Open Door Forum – CMS Hospital Without Walls During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency – is scheduled for April 9, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET and CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19 is scheduled for April 9, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET. Details on the calls are included below.

Special Open Door Forum: CMS Hospital Without Walls During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The Special Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET. The forum will include a question and answer session and is open to the public.

Dial-In Information: 1-888-455-1397 Participant Passcode: 3535324

CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19
CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19 is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET. The call is open to hospitals, health systems, and providers and will include a question and answer session. Providers can submit questions in advance to, including “Office Hours” in the subject line. There will also be an opportunity for live questions and answers on the following topics:

  • Increasing Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls
  • Rapidly Expanding the Healthcare Workforce
  • Putting Patients Over Paperwork
  • Further Promoting Telehealth in Medicare

Join by Webcast or by phone:
Dial-In Information: 833-614-0820
Participant Passcode: 1881716

The latest alert from the PA Department of Health is available. In part, it states, “The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is asking that clinicians provide the current guidance on isolation to patients being evaluated for COVID-19 to ensure that timely recommendations are provided to reduce spread of disease.”  The current guidance includes patient instructions for self-isolation while awaiting laboratory results. It also includes a close contact check list, which physicians will be providing to anyone that is tested positive for COVID-19; individuals will be asked to begin tracing the contacts they have had since 48 hours prior to development of symptoms. These handouts can be helpful in your ongoing guidance you provide to the staff in your community programs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced they will be awarding $186 million in supplemental funding to go towards the COVID-19 outbreak. The focus of this funding is for regions that have a high number of COVID-19 cases. Some examples of how this funding can be used include: staffing and surge staffing; lab equipment; and infection control.

Continuing our efforts to keep our members updated, RCPA will hold a Member Update webinar/call on Tuesday, April 14 at 10:30 am to report any updated developments. Please register here to participate in this Member Update Webinar.

RCPA continues to send out important Alerts and our twice daily group information update emails. We look forward to your participation and we appreciate your continued work to provide critical services to those in need.

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As part of the DHS COVID-19 weekly communication platforms, the Department of Human Services hosts a stakeholder webinar to address questions and concerns of stakeholders as well as provide guidance, actions, and responses to questions submitted each week. Please view this updated document that includes answers to questions from the April 1, 2020 stakeholder webinar.