A Long Term Care Facility’s design and function is to meet the health needs of two or more elderly or disabled individuals who, at a minimum, require inpatient care and services, for twenty-four or more consecutive hours.
Inpatient care is necessary for unstable or chronic health problems requiring:
Medical supervision is necessary on a regular, but not daily, basis.
Payment Source Types:
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APIC is making available free resources related to coronavirus/COVID-19 for Long Term Care facilities
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The LTC Providers Reporting portal is scheduled for routine maintenance on April 5, 2020. As a result of this scheduled maintenance the portal will not be available from 2 AM (MDT)/ 1 AM (PDT) through 4 AM (MDT)/3 AM (PDT).
CMS has issued revised guidance for all federally certified nursing facilities via memo QSO-20-14-NH, that has significant impact on all nursing facilities. This guidance is available from CMS through their web site.
This is the link for the Idaho Public Health Districts
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;
Should a facility choose to implement Enhanced Barrier Precautions as a component of the Infection Control program, we would suggest the following steps:
At some point this may need to be implemented as part of your Infection Prevention program but not at this time.
CDC recommendations for environmental sanitation products related to coronavirus/COVID-19.
RespectChoices.Org is making COVID-19 planning tools available through June 30, 2020.
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.
This is a PowerPoint file. To play the game open the link and then select Slide Show. The final jeopardy question is the only slide with sound effects.
Reported events need to include both the event AND the facility's investigation results for that event. Standard reporting guidelines still apply. IMPORTANT: when ready to submit a new reportable event make certain you select and click on the Send icon, not the Save icon - the Save icon just places the report in DRAFT status and does not submit the report.The URL for the portal site has been corrected on page 2 of the instructions. The correct URL is
April 5, 2020, from 1 AM (PT) or 2 AM (MT) through 3 AM (PT) or 4 AM (MT) will undergo routine server maintenance. The portal will not be available for access during this down period.