COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

Information contained on this page is current as of the time of posting.

New

Revised Nursing Home Guidance Webinar (3/15/2021)
This letter from CMS is guidance for nursing home visitation - COVID-19 (revised) (3/11/2021)
VIDEO: Visitation in Long-Term Care Facilities (12/17/2020)

  • VIDEO: Be aware of scams and fraud in Iowa during COVID-19 pandemic (6/19/2020)
  • VIDEO: Be aware of scams and fraud asking for Medicare information during COVID-19 pandemic including: robocalls, text messages, or emails offering free face masks, social media posts about free COVID-19 testing kits, "cures," or protective equipment (7/22/2020)
  • Here is an informational sheet from the Federal Trade Commision about possible scams and fraud surrounding Contact Tracing and how to spot them. (7/27/2020)

The State of Iowa created a website regarding various resources and information in regards to COVID-19. (3/25/2020)

  • Governor's Proclamation issued April 2: due to COVID-19, proclamation in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2021. (4/2/2021)
  • Governor's Proclamation issued March 5: due to COVID-19, proclamation in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 4, 2021. (3/8/2021)
  • Governor Reynold's Proclamation issued February 5: due to COVID-19, proclamation in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021. (2/8/21)
  • Governor Reynold's Proclamation issued December 16: due to COVID-19, proclamation in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2021. (12/17/2020)
  • Governor Reynold's Proclamation issued December 9: due to COVID-19, proclamation in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2021. (12/17/2020)
  • Governor Reynold's Proclamation issued November 10: due to COVID-19, proclamation in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2020. (11/10/2020)
  • Governor Reynold's Proclamation issued October 16: due to COVID-19, proclamation in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (10/28/2020)
  • Governor's Proclamation issued August 21: due to COVID-19, proclamation in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2020. (8/24/2020)
  • Governor's Proclamation issued July 24: due to COVID-19, proclamation in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2020. (7/27/2020)
  • Governor's Proclamation issued June 25: due to COVID-19, proclamation. (6/26/2020)
  • Governor's Proclamation issued May 26: due to COVID-19, proclamation. (6/12/2020)
  • Governor's Proclamation issued May 6: Due to COVID-19, proclamation. (5/8/2020)
  • Governor's Proclamation issued April 2: Due to COVID-19, part of proclamation extends previous order for long-term care facilities to suspend involuntary discharges for nonpayment. (4/3/2020)
  • Governor's Proclamation issued March 26: Due to COVID-19, part of proclamation orders long-term care facilities suspend involuntary discharges for nonpayment. (3/30/2020)
  • Governor's Proclamation issued March 19: Due to COVID-19, part of proclamation halts evictions of a tenant under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or the Manufactured Home Communities or Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in certain circumstances. (3/30/2020)

Stimulus Information

  • Iowa Senator Charles Grassley and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden sent letter to Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to aid residents on Medicaid receiving stimulus checks in long-term care facilities. (6/11/2020)
  • National Center on Law & Elder Rights published a tip sheet regarding stimulus payments and representative payees. (5/29/2020)
  • Consumer Financial Protection Division issued information regarding the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) prepaid debit cards. (5/27/2020)
  • The Federal Trade Commission gave guidance regarding long-term care facilities confiscating stimulus checks. (5/15/2020)
  • The Iowa Department of Human Services posted guidance related to reporting the stimulus check payment and the effect on Medicaid programs and services. (4/27/2020)

DHS

  • The Iowa Department of Human Services posted information letter 2184-MC-FFS-CVD about 2020 Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Grants for In-Person Visitation Aids during COVID-19. (11/13/2020)
  • The Iowa Department of Human Services posted information letter about COVID-19 Relief Rate Add-on Payments to all Iowa Medicaid Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Facilities, including Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) providers. (7/6/2020)
  • The Iowa Department of Human Services posted information about COVID Recovery Iowa which includes free counseling. (6/5/2020)
  • The Iowa Department of Human Services posted guidance for Expansion of Home Delivered Meals, Homemaker, and Companion Services during COVID-19 Related Public Health Emergency. (5/19/2020)
  • The Iowa Department of Human Services posted IME guidance for the CMP funds for technology for nursing facility residents. (5/8/2020)

State Department Resources

  • Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals issued information about Long-term care Access to COVID-19 Vaccines Maintenance Phase: Ensuring Access. (3/31/21)
  • Iowa Public Health document Summary of Enhanced Public Health Measures effective Tuesday, November 17 at 12:01 am until Thursday, December 10 at 11:59 pm. (11/24/2020)
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health and Inspections and Appeals have posted FAQs regarding Iowa Guidance on Phased Easing of Restrictions for Long-Term Care Facilities. (7/24/2020)
  • The Iowa Attorney General's Office posted information about nursing home residents: know your rights during COVID, family members can help keep loved ones safe, informed. (6/1/2020)
  • The Iowa Department on Aging created a webpage with various resources and information regarding COVID-19. (3/25/2020)
  • The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has created a website of pertinent resources regarding COVID-19. (3/24/2020)
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health has valuable information regarding the coronavirus-19 on their website. (3/13/2020)

  • The CDC provided guidance on New Admissions and Residents who Leave the Facility. (3/31/2021)
  • The CDC provided recommendations for fully vaccinated people. (3/11/21)
  • The CDC provided released consolidated COVID-19 testing recommendations. (6/19/2020)
  • The CDC provides guidance on how to use personal protective equipment (PPE). (5/11/2020)
  • The CDC provides guidance on what to do if you suspect you are sick in light of COVID-19. (3/16/2020)
  • The CDC published a YouTube video on handwashing. (3/16/2020)
  • This document from the CDC highlights closing long-term care units or entire long-term care facilities to new admissions. (added 3/13/2020)

  • This letter from CMS contains updates to long-term care (LTC) emergency regulatory waivers issued in response to COVID-19.(4/12/2021)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for nursing home visitation - COVID-19 (revised). (3/11/2021)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes. (1/6/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for Compliance with Residents’ Rights Requirement related to Nursing Home Residents’ Right to Vote. (10/8/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for Nursing Home Visitation - COVID-19. (9/18/2020)
  • This press release states eight CMS healthcare compare tools have been redesigned and launched. These tools empower patients when making important health care decisions. (9/4/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility Testing Requirements and Revised COVID19 Focused Survey Tool. (8/27/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for Enforcement Cases Held during the Prioritization Period and Revised Survey Prioritization. (8/18/2020)
  • CMS published FAQs regarding COVID-19 Testing at Skilled Nursing Facilities/ Nursing Homes. (8/12/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is revised guidance Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts, Frequently Asked Questions, and Access to Ombudsman. (REVISED) (7/9/2020)
  • CMS published Nursing Home Residents’ Right to retain Federal Economic Incentive Payments complaint submission information. (6/30/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for Changes to Staffing Information and Quality Measures Posted on the Nursing Home Compare Website and Five Star Quality Rating System due to the COVID19 Public Health Emergency. (6/30/2020)
  • CMS published FAQs regarding Nursing Home COVID-19 Data Release External. (6/5/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for Posting of Nursing Home Inspections. (6/5/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes. (6/2/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials. (5/19/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes. (5/8/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for nursing home five star quality rating system updates, nursing home staff counts, and frequently asked questions. (4/27/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for upcoming requirements for notification of confirmed COVID-19 (or COVID19 persons under investigation) among residents and staff in nursing homes. (4/20/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for long-term care facilities and COVID-19. (4/3/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for prioritization of survey activities to State Survey Agency Directors. (3/30/2020)
  • This letter from CMS is guidance for infection control and prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes to State Survey Agency Directors. (3/16/2020)

  • This document is from The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Reuniting Residents and Families What to Look for and Questions to Ask as You Resume Visits in a Long-Term Care Facility. (10/28/2020)
  • This recorded discussion entitled Staying Connected from a Distance to People Living in Long-Term Care was put on by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care and Dr. Kim Grier, Grier Dementia Training. (8/3/2020) 
  • This recorded webinar entitled Family Advocacy for Residents during COVID was put on by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care on June 18, 2020. (7/15/2020)
  • This document is from The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care covering residents and families during COVID-19 and what they need to know. (3/30/2020)
  • This document is from The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care sharing ways to protect yourself and loved ones in a long-term care facility. (3/3/2020)

  • Contract tracing and what you need to know fact sheet published by Medicare.Gov. (8/20/2020)
  • FEMA issued a revised fact sheet on PPE packages for nursing homes. (5/21/2020)
  • The following documents offer innovative ideas for activities and online activities to do with residents and tenants in long-term care during COVID-19 restrictions. (4/2/2020)
  • The Administration for Community Living (ACL) published information regarding aging and COVID-19. (3/16/2020)