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COVID-19 Announcements

ECHO Idaho Project - Wednesday, June 3, 2020

"Led by a rotating panel of experts, ECHO Idaho helps participants learn best practices for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Idaho. Connect with colleagues from around the state to ask questions and learn best practices from experts in the field. ECHO Idaho’s COVID-19 series will create a dialogue among clinicians about treating this infectious disease and help identify helpful resources statewide."

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CMS COViD Toolkit - Thursday, May 14, 2020

CMS has released a COViD Toolkit. This compendium is not intended as guidance from CMS. It does not replace or serve as a substitute for CMS requirements and policy. The actions outlined in this document have not been evaluated for effectiveness by CMS or any government agency. This compendium is solely an informational product offered by CMS to nursing homes as well as state and local officials during the National Public Health Emergency.

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CDC COVID-19 Prevention Messages: Mini Webinar Series for Long-Term Care Staff - Thursday, May 7, 2020

CDC has launched a new mini webinar training series for frontline long-term care and nursing home staff. This series of 5 short webinars reviews basic infection prevention steps including: proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and facemasks, how and when to perform hand hygiene, how and when to clean surfaces, and the need to check residents and staff daily for symptoms of COVID-19. Learn more about your role in protecting residents and keeping COVID-19 out of your facility. 

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Fraud Alert from Office on Civil Rights (OCR) - Wednesday, April 15, 2020

From OCR, this alert:It has come to OCR’s attention that an individual posing as an OCR Investigator has contacted HIPAA covered entities in an attempt to obtain protected health information (PHI).  The individual identifies themselves on the telephone as an OCR investigator, but does not provide an OCR complaint transaction number or any other verifiable information relating to an OCR investigation.

HIPAA covered entities and business associates should alert their workforce members, and can take action to verify that someone is an OCR investigator by asking for the investigator’s email address, which will end in @hhs.gov, and asking for a confirming email from the OCR investigator’s hhs.gov email address.  If organizations have additional questions or concerns, please send an email to: OCRMail@hhs.gov.

Suspected incidents of individuals posing as federal law enforcement should be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The FBI issued a public service announcement about COVID-19 fraud schemes at:

https://www.ic3.gov/media/2020/200320.aspx.

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APIC Resources for Coronavirus/COVID-19 - Monday, April 13, 2020

APIC is making available free resources relating to coronavirus/COVID-19 and Long Term Care facilities.

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CDC Environmental Sanitation Products Recommendations - Monday, April 13, 2020

Lists of CDC recommendations for environmental sanitation products.

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Alerts/Announcements

LTC Providers Reporting Portal Downtime - Friday, May 22, 2020

 

June 7, 2020, This is notification of an upcoming JUMP proactive patching maintenance window in our data center facilities.During this time your system will be updated and then rebooted, if applicable, according to the configured schedule for your system.  

Your configured patching schedule is as follows:Sunday June 7, 2020 Between 1:00 AM/12:00 AM and 3:00 AM/2:00 am MT/PT.As always, JUMP will be monitoring systems closely and is prepared to respond to all issues.

 

 
CDC Enhanced Precautions - Thursday, December 19, 2019

We are getting a lot of questions on implementation of Enhanced Barrier Precautions in Nursing Homes.  The enhanced precautions from the CDC are not a requirement at this time, rather a potential standard of practice from a nationally recognized source.

The following is a link to FAQ’s from the CDC;

https://www.cdc.gov/hai/containment/faqs.html

Should a facility choose to implement Enhanced Barrier Precautions as a component of the Infection Control program, we would suggest the following steps: 

  • Approval by the Medical Director, QAPI program 
  • Development of Policy and Procedure, potentially updating the facility assessment      
  • Staff training         
  • Monitoring of the implementation and outcomes

At some point this may need to be implemented as part of your Infection Prevention program but not at this time.

 
LTC Technology Mini-Grants - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I am pleased to announce the process to apply for Mini-Grants to implement technology to improve the quality of life for residents in your nursing facilities is complete.  

Grant Guidelines

Application Information

 

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Bureau of Facility Standards
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0009
 
Physical Address:
3232 W. Elder Street
Boise, ID 83705
E-mail:
fsb@dhw.idaho.gov 
 
Office Phone:
(208) 334-6626 then Option 3 

Fax Number:
(208) 364-1888