Guidance for Providing On-Site Hair Salon and Barber Services in Long -Term Care Settings

Attn: Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities In accordance with CDC guidance, long-term care facilities have closed onsite hair salons and barber services in their facilities to reduce the risk of spreading of COVID-19. Minimizing resident contact with outside individuals remains the best approach to prevent introduction of COVID-19 into long-term care settings. The Guidance […]

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COVID-19 Health Alert # 13: Wisconsin Department of Health Services Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing

Bureau of Communicable Diseases, July 1, 2020 Summary The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has revised recommendations for who should get tested for COVID-19. Testing is recommended for the following groups: Individuals experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, which are listed below Individuals who have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, regardless […]

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Public Invited to Comment on Draft 2022 Guidelines

The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) invites users of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction to comment on revisions and additions featured in its draft 2022 documents. Input from Guidelines users is a crucial step in revising the Guidelines documents, which provide minimum standards for design and construction of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential health, […]

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ASHE COVID-19 Surge Experience Survey Project

ASHE COVID-19 Surge Experience Survey Project We need your help! ASHE wants to learn about the experiences each of you have had during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to compare strategies, share lessons learned and plan for the future. The COVID Response Tactics Sharing (CRTS) project collects this information nationally through a short survey, and […]

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services to Reopen Provider Payment Program to Cover Future Months of COVID-19 Losses and Expenses

CARES Act Provider Payments This bulletin is being sent to these lists: Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS): County Waiver Agency Leads, Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver Program Providers, Automatic Health Professional Shortage Areas, Volunteer Health Care Program, Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications and Updates, and key DPH staff. Based on feedback from the provider [...]

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Learn More about Safe Conservation of the Limited Supply of N95 Respirators and Changes to Wisconsin’s N95 Decontamination System

This message is being sent to all potential N95 respirator users supporting healthcare or emergency response. ADDITIONAL WEBINAR SCHEDULED The State Emergency Operations Center and Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ will be hosting an additional webinar on July 1st to orient potential users to the state’s N95 decontamination process. N95 decontamination can help address [...]

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Preadmission Screening and Resident Review

Reminders ATTN: All federally certified nursing homes Wisconsin’s Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process remains in place. Federal law requires that all people requesting admission to a Medicaid certified nursing facility must be screened to determine the presence of a mental illness and/or an intellectual disability. A PASRR Level I screen must be completed […]

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COVID-19 Activity Level Data Dashboard

Today, the Department of Health Services is launching a new data dashboard providing information on COVID-19 activity level by county and region in Wisconsin. The intent of the dashboard is to provide Wisconsinites with the tools they need to most effectively respond to COVID-19. The data dashboard consists of maps and tables that toggle between […]

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Get Ready to Vote at the 2020 NFPA Virtual Meeting

Voting during the 2020 NFPA Annual Technical Meeting (Tech Session) will be open from June 22-26. “Fortunately, there are not many issues up for a vote that would negatively affect health care facilities,” says ASHE Executive Director Deanna Martin. “This is great news for our field, but it doesn’t mean that we should skip voting […]

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COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers Friday, June 19, 7:00-8:00 a.m.

This bulletin is being sent to these lists: Health Alert Network, Local Health Officers, Tribal Health Directors, Public Health Nurses, Local Public Health Department Staff, Enterics, Infection Preventionists and DQA Notifications. Join us this Friday, June 19, at 7 a.m. for a webinar for health care providers on the current COVID-19 situation. Click here to join the […]

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Provider Relief Fund

Health care providers who participate in Wisconsin’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should quickly review and apply, as appropriate, for the new $15 billion in funding made available today (June 10) by the federal government to help providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of providers serving Medicaid/CHIP beneficiaries possibly eligible for this […]

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COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers “Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)”

This bulletin is being sent to these lists: Health Alert Network, Local Health Officers, Tribal Health Directors, Public Health Nurses, Local Public Health Department Staff, Enterics, Infection Preventionists and DQA Notifications. Friday, June 12, 7:00-8:00 a.m. Join us this Friday, June 12, at 7 a.m. for a webinar for health care providers on the current COVID-19 situation. […]

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Revised DQA Memos 20-003, 20-004 and 20-007

Attn: Hospices, Home Health Agencies, and Nursing Homes DQA Memos 20-003 for Hospices, 20-004 for Nursing Homes, and 20-007 for Home Health Agencies have been revised. Effective May 11, 2020, the state public health emergency ended and Emergency Order #21 is no longer in effect. As a result the rule suspensions and companion orders contained […]

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Adult Day Programs, and Adult Pre-Vocational Programs

Attn: Adult Day Services, Adult Day Care Centers Guidance on Adult Day Services and Programs Guidance on adult day services, care centers, programs, and adult pre-vocational programs has been posted to the DHS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facilities page. These programs are at increased risk for COVID-19 transmission because there is increased risk when multiple people […]

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Reminder: CMP Grants Available to Federally Certified Nursing Homes to Provide Technology for Virtual Social and Telehealth Visit

Attn: Nursing Home Providers The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) has announced that federally certified nursing homes are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in Civil Money Penalty (CMP) funds to purchase electronic devices to enable residents to visit with family and friends in a virtual setting and participate in telehealth visits. This […]

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Application to Receive COVID-19 Funds Opens June 5

Starting June 5, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will be accepting applications from specific types of health care providers (listed below) for $110 million of funding provided to the state under the federal Coronavirus aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds will be used to make payments to offset lost revenues […]

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Important Updates re: Specimen Acceptance Criteria Resource and Gold Cross Courier Pickup

Attn: All Wisconsin Nursing Homes and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Testing continues to be a key strategy for identifying individuals who have COVID-19 and in limiting the spread to others. Approximately 93% of nursing home and ICF/IID providers are testing or have tested their residents and staff as of today. Specimen […]

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CDC COCA Call: Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

This call will provide an overview of the updated guidance for dental settings, including recommendations for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will discuss strategies for dental healthcare facilities to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE). If you are unable to attend the live COCA call, the recording will be available for viewing […]

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Specimen Acceptance Criteria for Nursing Homes and ICFs/IID Testing

Attn: All Wisconsin Nursing Homes and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Testing is a key strategy for identifying individuals who have COVID-19 and in limiting the spread to others, which is particularly important for the individuals who live in these settings. To date, approximately 91% of nursing home and ICF/IID providers are […]

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COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers COVID-19 Testing and Reporting Guidelines Review Friday, May 29, 7:00-8:00 a.m.

Join us this Friday, May 29, at 7 a.m. for a webinar for health care providers on the current COVID-19 situation. Click here to join the webinar. Or dial:  312 626 6799 or  646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 233 994 680 Presenters Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health […]

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CDC Investigating Possible Cases of COVID-19 Re-infection: Request for Information

COVID-19 Health Alert # 12: Bureau of Communicable Diseases, May 22, 2020 Summary CDC is interested in investigating possible cases of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection, defined as new clinical or laboratory evidence of COVID-19 after a documented period of recovery. Clinicians who are aware of cases meeting criteria for possible re-infection are invited to submit de-identified patient […]

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Attn: All Wisconsin Nursing Homes and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Update regarding the Wisconsin Nursing Home and ICFs/IID Testing Opportunity In follow up to Governor Ever’s guidance to the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to facilitate a plan to test every nursing home and ICFs/IID resident and staff member in Wisconsin for COVID-19, providers across the state are actively participating in this initiative. To date, […]

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Access to Remdesivir under Emergency Use Authorization for Wisconsin Hospitals

DHS Health Alert Network COVID-19 Health Alert # 11: Wisconsin COVID-19 State Emergency Operations Center, May 21, 2020 Summary Remdesivir, an investigational drug being studied for treatment of severe COVID-19, is available for use in the United States after receiving Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA. A limited supply of remdesivir has been distributed […]

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COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers “Therapeutic Strategies for COVID-19: Emerging (and Re-emerging) Data”

Friday, May 22, 7:00-8:00 a.m. Join us this Friday, May 22, at 7 a.m. for a webinar for health care providers on the current COVID-19 situation. Click here to join the webinar. Or dial:  312 626 6799 or  646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 233 994 680 Presenters Elizabeth Ann Misch, MD,  Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of […]

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Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Potentially Associated with COVID-19: Call for Cases

Bureau of Communicable Diseases, May 19, 2020 Summary The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) now prioritizes prompt reporting of suspected cases of Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a newly described illness that is potentially associated with COVID-19. Cases are characterized by persistent fever and features of Kawasaki disease and/or toxic shock syndrome, [...]

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COVID-19, Visitation and Long-Term Care Communities

Attn: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Providers People who live in our nursing homes, assisted living communities and the staff and caregivers are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19.  Their safety and wellbeing continues to be a top priority for DHS. When a resident or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the potential for […]

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Required data collection for COVID-19 disease testing; New guidelines for COVID-19 testing at Wisconsin public health laboratories

COVID-19 Health Alert # 9: Bureau of Communicable Diseases, May 18, 2020 Summary The next phase in Wisconsin’s COVID-19 pandemic response will require a massive scale up of testing (a health care activity) and contact tracing (a local public health activity). For these intensified activities to succeed, a new and stronger commitment to collecting and […]

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Health Care Workers and First Responders: Save and Send Your N95 Respirators for Decontamination

Wisconsin’s new Battelle Memorial Institute Critical Care Decontamination System™ (CCDS) is now ready and available for use by the state’s health care workers and first responders for decontamination of their N95 respirators. The Battelle CCDS™ decontaminates N95 respirators by killing viruses and bacteria using hydrogen peroxide gas. The Battelle system will be able to decontaminate […]

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CMS issues Emergency Declaration 1135 Blanket Waivers to Expand Hospitals’ Abilities to Offer Long-Term Care Services, Swing Beds

Attn: Wisconsin Hospitals The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to release 1135 Blanket Waivers for the healthcare community that provide the flexibilities needed to take care of patients during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS recently provided additional blanket waivers for the duration of the PHE that expand the ability for […]

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COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers – “Remdesivir for COVID-19” – Friday, May 15, 7:00-8:00 am

Join us this Friday, May 15, at 7 a.m. for a webinar for health care providers on the current COVID-19 situation. Click here to join the webinar. Or dial:  312 626 6799 or  646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 233 994 680 Presenters Mary Beth Graham, MD, FIDSA, FACP Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief, Division of Infectious Disease Medical […]

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Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – COVID-19 Testing for all residents and staff in Wisconsin’s nursing homes

Attn: Nursing Home Providers Nursing Home providers and stakeholders are invited to attend a weekly webinar hosted by the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA). During this time, the DQA will provide updates and answer questions related to COVID-19 testing for all Wisconsin’s nursing homes residents and staff. The webinars will run from 11 a.m-12 p.m. […]

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Live Walk-Through of New NHSN LTCF COVID-19 Module

Wisconsin NHSN Users-LTC Wednesday, May 13, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Please join DHS Healthcare-Associated Infections Prevention Program (HAI Program) staff for a live walk-through of the new National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) COVID-19 module for LTCFs. This is part of the HAI Program’s ongoing efforts to provide NHSN user support, and not an officially-sanctioned NHSN training.  We are [...]

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COVID-19 Updates for Wisconsin – Evolving testing priorities for asymptomatic people; new CDC recommendations for discontinuation of isolation.

Bureau of Communicable Diseases, May 8, 2020 Summary Wisconsin DHS and CDC now prioritize COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people in a wider range of scenarios to support the public health response. This change reflects both growing testing capacity and the wider recognition of the importance of asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission. DHS and CDC have revised […]

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Health Care Workers and First Responders: Save and Send Your N95 Respirators for Decontamination

Wisconsin’s new Battelle Memorial Institute Critical Care Decontamination System™ (CCDS) is now ready and available for use by the state’s health care workers and first responders for decontamination of their N95 respirators. The Battelle CCDS™ decontaminates N95 respirators by killing viruses and bacteria using hydrogen peroxide gas. The Battelle system will be able to decontaminate […]

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Gov. Evers Continues to Expand Community Testing Programs, Announces New Online Tool

MADISON —​Gov. Tony Evers announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched a new online resource that makes it easier for the public to access testing sites throughout the state. This searchable map, available here, provides Wisconsinites with testing site locations, contact information, hours of operation, and guidance on how to schedule […]

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Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Laboratory Guidance during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: All Wisconsin Providers Performing COVID-19 Laboratory Testing The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued this memorandum to provide important guidance for providers who want to perform COVID-19 testing and the CLIA certification requirements. This guidance is a part of the CMS effort to clarify: […]

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DQA Memo 20-008 / State Licensure Application for Temporary Nursing Facility Expansion Units and Transfer Options during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Attn: Nursing Home Providers Please visit the following link to view DQA Memo 20-008 / State Licensure Application for Temporary Nursing Facility Expansion Units and Transfer Options during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency:https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dqa/memos/20-008.pdf The purpose of this memorandum is to establish the process for Nursing Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities [...]

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Antibody Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin 

COVID-19: Health Alert #7 Recommendations and Reporting Requirements Bureau of Communicable Diseases, May 1, 2020  Summary: A growing number of serologic tests for detection of IgG and/or IgM antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 have received FDA approval under an Emergency Use Authorization and are now commercially available. The sensitivity and specificity of these tests are variable, and […]

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COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers

“Health care provider wellness in the era of COVID-19” Friday, May 1, 7:00-8:00 a.m. Join us this Friday, May 1, at 7 a.m. for a webinar for health care providers on the current COVID-19 situation. Click here to join the webinar. Or dial:  312 626 6799 or  646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 233 994 680 Presenters Traci DeSalvo, Communicable […]

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Infection Prevention Quality Improvement Initiative

Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other community-based care settings invited to participate A public-private partnership has been formed to assist nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other community-based care settings in assessing infection prevention practices and to guide quality improvement efforts. The partners in this effort include the Department of Health [...]

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COVID-19: Please keep your N95 masks

Wisconsin’s response to COVID-19 has strained supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the state, leading to some shortages of critical supplies including N95 respirator masks. In addition to sourcing additional N95 masks, the State of Wisconsin is exploring processes to decontaminate masks so they can be reused. In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management […]

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DQA Memo 20-006 / Use of Remote Support Providers in Regulated Adult Family Homes

Attn: Adult Family Home Providers Please visit the following link to view DQA Memo 20-006 / Use of Remote Support Providers in Regulated Adult Family Homes: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dqa/memos/20-006.pdf. The purpose of this memo is to provide guidance on how Adult Family Homes can apply for a temporary variance of Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 88.07(1)(e): Resident […]

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DQA Memo 20-007 / Wisconsin Home Health Agencies CMS 1135 Waiver Provisions and Governor Evers Emergency Order # 21

Attn: Home Health Agencies Please visit the following link to view DQA Memo 20-007 / Wisconsin Home Health Agencies CMS 1135 Waiver Provisions and Governor Evers Emergency Order # 21: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dqa/memos/20-007.pdf The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification and guidance to Wisconsin home health agencies regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid [...]

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Updated Process for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requests

This bulletin is being sent to DQA Notifications and Updates, Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition coordinators, County and Tribal Emergency Managers, Local Public Health Officers, Tribal Health Directors, and Human Services Directors.  To better understand and meet the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential supplies, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) [...]

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CMS Releases Additional COVID-19 Blanket Waivers for Long-Term Care Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Intermediate Care Facilities

Attn: All Long-Term Care Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities On April 21, 2020, CMS issued additional blanket waivers to the healthcare community in order to provide the flexibilities needed to take care of patients during this public health emergency. CMS is providing additional [...]

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Reminder: Caregiver Background Checks and Misconduct Reporting Remain in Effect during the COVID-19 Emergency

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: All Regulated Health Care Providers This notice is a reminder to providers regulated by the Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) that caregiver background check requirements and misconduct reporting requirements remain in effect during the COVID-19 emergency. Caregiver Background Checks [...]

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Reminder: Notice of Requirement for Digital Submission of Documents – effective April 14, 2020

Division of Quality Assurance: Plan Review and Inspections Attn: DQA Office of Plan Review and Inspection Customers This message is a reminder for DHS Division of Quality Assurance, Office of Plan Review and Inspection (OPRI) customers that in accordance with Governor Evers Emergency Order 22, all documents must be submitted electronically at this time. The […]

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New website enables health care providers to request COVID-19 lab testing supplies

DHS Health Alert Network COVID-19: Health Alert #6 Providers encouraged to visit covid19supplies.wi.gov/Testing On Monday, April 20, the State of Wisconsin launched a new website for health care providers to request COVID-19 testing supplies. The website URL is covid19supplies.wi.gov/Testing. The State of Wisconsin is making supplies available to facilitate laboratory COVID-19 testing at no [...]

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New COVID-19 Guidance for Home Care Providers

New COVID-19 guidance from the Department of Health Services has been developed for home care providers. This guidance applies to home care providers and staff, including home health agencies, in-home hospice providers, personal care agencies, and supportive home care agencies. Its purpose is to provide the best information currently available to help home care providers […]

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DQA Memo 20-004 / Wisconsin Nursing Homes CMS 1135 Waiver Provisions and Governor Evers Executive Order # 21

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: Nursing Home Providers Please visit the following link to view DQA Memo 20-004 / Wisconsin Nursing Homes CMS 1135 Waiver Provisions and Governor Evers Executive Order # 21: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dqa/memos/20-004.pdf. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification and guidance to Wisconsin nursing homes [...]

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DHS Now Recommends Health Care Providers Test All Patients with Acute Respiratory Illness for COVID-19

COVID-19: Health Alert #5 Bureau of Communicable Diseases, April 16, 2020  Health care providers are encouraged to obtain COVID-19 testing for all who are symptomatic, even patients with mild symptoms. This serves an important public health purpose in the next phase of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, which will require aggressive efforts for finding and isolating cases […]

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Your NFPA Xchange Newsletter for April 16, 2020 — Top and trending company news, curated just for you. —

Full Webinar: Fuel Load Survey Methodology in Buildings Amanda Kimball in Xchange Exclusives 1 week ago As the use of performance-based methodologies evolve, it is becoming critically important to identify, characterize, and quantify design fires for buildings. NFPA 557, Standard for Determination of Fire Loads for Use in Structural Fire Protection Design, was developed to […]

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Action Requested: PPE Decontamination Survey

An important tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19 is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by workers who come into close contact with individuals who are infected. Unfortunately, PPE is in critical short supply throughout the nation. One strategy to conserve PPE is decontamination and reuse. Please take a few minutes to fill out […]

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Important Update April 14, 2020: BOALTC Memo re: COVID-19, Visitation and Long-Term Care Communities

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Providers The State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care (BOALTC) has retracted the Memo dated April 13, 2020. Please see the revised memo COVID-19, Visitation and Long-Term Care Communities dated April 14, 2020. The version of the BOALTC Memo […]

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Notice of Requirement for Digital Submission of Documents – effective April 14, 2020

Division of Quality Assurance: Plan Review and Inspections Attn: DQA Office of Plan Review and Inspection Customers In accordance with Governor Evers Emergency Order 22, the DHS Division of Quality Assurance, Office of Plan Review and Inspection (OPRI) will require all documents to be submitted electronically, effective April 14, 2020. Although OPRI’s Milwaukee office remains […]

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Updated April 13, 2020: BOALTC Memo re: COVID-19, Visitation and Long-Term Care Communities

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Providers On April 13, 2020, the Board on Aging and Long-Term Care (BOALTC) updated the memo previously issued on March 20, 2020, on COVID-19, Visitation and Long-Term Care Communities which provides important guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. People who […]

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Plan Review Updates and Emergency Order 22 Requirements – April 10, 2020

Dear DSPS Customer, Like all other state agencies and business, the Department of Safety and Professional Services is adapting to the evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 public health emergency. We are working hard to adjust our operations so that we can maintain services and continue the process-improvement initiatives we launched before this crisis hit. As […]

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DQA Memo 20-003 / Wisconsin Hospices CMS 1135 Waiver Provisions and Governor Evers Emergency Order # 21

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: All Wisconsin Hospices Please visit the following link to view DQA Memo 20-003 / Wisconsin Hospices CMS 1135 Waiver Provisions and Governor Evers Emergency Order # 21: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dqa/memos/20-003.pdf The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification and guidance to Wisconsin hospices regarding the [...]

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PPE Request Process for Long-Term Care Providers Caring for COVID-19 Positive Individuals

In order to support long term care providers who are caring for COVID-19 positive individuals, the State Emergency Operations Center has developed a process for requesting reserve resources from the strategic national stockpile. The following providers are eligible to request PPE from the process: Any entity licensed by DQA as a residential facility. All licensed […]

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IMPORTANT – Message from the WHEA Code Committee – Hospital Surge Options during COVID-19 Health Emergency

Source:  David R. Soens The Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance recently issued DQA memorandum 20-001 which establishes a streamlined process for hospitals to expand their acute care inpatient services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The process is consistent with Wisconsin state statutes and recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 1135 Waivers.  DQA […]

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Activation of the Health Alert Network for Urgent Updates about COVID-19 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

DHS Health Alert Network COVID-19 Health Alert # 1: Bureau of Communicable Diseases, March 17, 2020 Wisconsin medical providers, public health officials and preparedness personnel are encouraged to subscribe to the HAN for rapidly changing guidance and alerts related to COVID-19 Return to Work Criteria for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Return […]

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Recommendations for Active Symptom Monitoring for Employees in Health Care Settings where Community Transmission of COVID-19 is Occurring

DHS Health Alert Network COVID-19 Health Alert # 2: Bureau of Communicable Diseases, March 20, 2020 DHS recommends that all health care providers, including inpatient, outpatient, and residential care facilities, actively monitor staff for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Employers should ensure that staff involved in patient care are systematically evaluated for symptoms of respiratory [...]

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March 20, 2020, BOALTC Memo re: COVID-19, Visitation and Long-Term Care Communities

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Providers On March 20, 2020, the Board on Aging and Long-Term Care (BOALTC) issued a memo on COVID-19, Visitation and Long-Term Care Communities which provides important guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In order to try to stop or slow […]

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1135 Waiver Requests

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: Medicare Fee-For-Service Providers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued blanket waivers of some Federal requirements under Section 1135(b) of the Social Security Act, applicable throughout the nation. In regards to the specific concerns of your facility, if it appears on the blanket waivers […]

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Correction: Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Laboratory Guidance during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: All Wisconsin Providers Performing Laboratory Testing CMS has issued this memorandum to provide important guidance for CLIA laboratories regarding the review of pathology slides, proficiency testing, alternate collection devices, and requirements for a CLIA certificate during the COVID-19 public health emergency. All guidance in [...]

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Connecting Essential Workforce Families to Child Care

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has launched two new tools to help connect essential workforce families to local, safe child care. Healthcare workers and essential employees are now able to submit a request for care through the department’s updated Child Care Finder or proactively view up-to-date availability across the state using the department’s […]

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Plan Review and Inspection Update

Division of Quality Assurance: Plan Review and Inspections Attn: DQA Office of Plan Review and Inspection Customers At this time, the Division of Quality Assurance, Office of Plan Review and Inspection (OPRI) continues to serve customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have closed the regional offices and we encourage you to use the available online […]

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Correction: Plan Review and Inspection Update

Division of Quality Assurance: Plan Review and Inspections Attn: DQA Office of Plan Review and Inspection Customers At this time, the Division of Quality Assurance, Office of Plan Review and Inspection (OPRI) continues to serve customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have closed the regional offices and we encourage you to use the available online […]

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Announcing the Resilient Wisconsin Initiative

Today, Governor Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm announced the Resilient Wisconsin initiative. With the stressors and health challenges inherent in the COVID-19 pandemic, the time is now to provide Wisconsinites with tools to build resiliency for those affected by trauma, toxic stress, and other mental and behavioral health challenges. Finding healthy ways to cope […]

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Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Program / Ways to Prepare Your Long-Term Care Facility

Facility Self-Assessments Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should prepare now to care for residents with COVID-19. A facility self-assessment tool is available to evaluate current readiness and guide development of a COVID-19 plan that addresses communications, supplies, resident management, visitors, occupational health, training, and surge capacity. Facilities, especially [...]

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DQA Memo 20-001 / State Licensure Application for Temporary Expansion Locations during Public Health Emergency related to COVID-19

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Attn: All Wisconsin Hospitals Please visit the following link to view DQA Memo 20-001 / State Licensure Application for Temporary Expansion Locations during Public Health Emergency related to COVID-19: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dqa/memos/20-001.pdf The purpose of this memorandum is to establish the process for hospitals and [...]

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DCF Connecting Essential Workforce Families to Child Care

The Department of Children and Families is connecting essential workforce families with available child care. To request child care, essential workforce families should fill out this form. Additionally, families can search for available care at a publicly available map. Please submit your request as soon as possible to help child care centers determine whether to […]

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Changes to COVID-19 Reporting Requirements for Wisconsin Hospitals and Health Departments

COVID-19 remains a Category I Reportable Condition in Wisconsin, which means health care providers and/or laboratories must report confirmed or suspected cases to the Department of Health Services (DHS) within 24 hours of detection. This memo from State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard outlines new reporting requirements and allows […]

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COVID-19 Updates for Wisconsin Health Care Providers:  New Reporting Requirements and Revised Testing Priorities

Bureau of Communicable Diseases, April 7, 2020 The Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued a new memo making COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths reportable. The memo reiterates that as a Category I Reportable Condition, all cases of COVID-19 are reportable to DHS. This includes patients diagnosed based on clinical grounds who are not tested […]

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DQA Memo 20-002 / CMS 1135 Waiver Provisions – Wisconsin Hospitals

Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates Please visit the following link to view DQA Memo 20-002 / CMS 1135 Waiver Provisions – Wisconsin Hospitals: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dqa/memos/20-002.pdf. The purpose of this memorandum is to the provide clarification and guidance to Wisconsin hospitals (including critical access hospitals, as well as temporary expansion sites, [...]

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Action Requested: Strategic National Stockpile Order Process

Action Requested: Strategic National Stockpile Order Process This email was sent to long-term care facilities, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).   The State Emergency Operations Center has notified Wisconsin Department of Health Services that the final allocation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is [...]

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