LTC and COVID-19: Responding to Today’s Crisis, Preparing for Tomorrow’s Challenges

COVID-19 Update

Examine the Immediate Issues and Opportunities Facing Long-Term Care (LTC) Providers—and Look Ahead at How to Build a Stronger Future—in a New Webinar Series From Manatt Health.

The nation’s nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, inpatient rehabilitation centers and home care providers are at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis. They must care for their patients while protecting their workers and keeping their businesses operating efficiently and in compliance with evolving federal and state rules. As the primary payers of both nursing home care and home- and community-based services, state Medicaid programs are working in partnership with providers to help contain and mitigate the spread of the virus.

In a new two-part webinar series, Manatt Health explores the critical issues states and LTC providers are facing now—and provides a road map for building a stronger future.

Part 1: “Long-Term Care in the Time of COVID-19: Caring for Recipients, Protecting the Workforce and Supporting Provider Sustainability,” June 8, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET. Click here to register free.

Understand the immediate changes and challenges that the LTC system is facing in response to COVID-19, and learn how to respond effectively in a constantly shifting environment. Key topics include:

  • The diversity, vulnerability and special considerations of populations receiving care in different types of facilities and community-based settings
  • The regulatory flexibilities granted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ease regulatory barriers that may inhibit access to LTC; maximize workforce capacity and leverage telehealth and alternative sites of care to support service levels while protecting patients and workers; and minimize administrative burden to maintain focus on response efforts
  • New funding opportunities available to states and providers authorized under emergency federal legislation and new federal guidance, including provider rate increases and retainer payments, enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid-covered services, and Medicare advance payments
  • Key authorities relevant to LTC providers, including 1915(c) waiver appendix K, 1115 waivers, 1135 waivers, the HHS final rule and guidance, and disaster relief state plan amendments (SPAs)
  • A review of Washington State’s 1115 waiver, recently approved by CMS and the first focused specifically on combating the impacts of COVID-19
  • Examples of recent state-level activities, including executive orders

Part 2: “Long-Term Care After COVID-19: Building a Stronger System,” June 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET. Click here to register free.

Discover what states and providers can do now to ensure the LTC delivery system emerges from the COVID-19 crisis stronger and better prepared to respond to future emergencies. Key topics include:

  • Re-evaluating America’s LTC delivery system and its role in the broader healthcare environment—and how to implement improvements moving forward
  • Critical lessons learned from LTC’s response to the crisis
  • Key areas that LTC stakeholders—including providers, states and plans—should focus on strengthening and next steps to building a better future
  • The regulatory flexibilities introduced during the crisis that should be retained post-pandemic
  • Guidance on preparing for the potential next wave and other future emergencies

Even if you can’t make our original sessions on June 8 and 16, click to register free now and you’ll receive a link to view the programs on demand.

Stephanie Anthony, Senior Advisor, Manatt Health
Carol Raphael, Special Advisor, Manatt Health
Randi Seigel, Partner, Manatt Health



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