LeadingAge Iowa is a statewide membership organization of non-profit providers of aging services and supports and the champion for advancement and innovation in aging services. Our mission is to be the voice, support and connector for non-profit members and the people they serve. Our membership is diverse, representing the spectrum of non-profit long-term support and service providers including skilled nursing, assisted and independent living, PACE, home health, adult day, respite, hospice and home delivered meals.  Our members serve over 25,000 older adults in Iowa each day.

Governor Reynolds Directs Closures

Iowa Governor Reynolds ordered a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency at 10:18 am on March 17, 2020. The measure seeks to take extraordinary measures to limit the community spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. The Governor is ordering the closure or modification of business of the following entities effective Noon today, March 17, 2020 until 11:59 pm on March 31, 2020:

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CMS Implements New Self-Assessment Requirement for Nursing Homes

As reported yesterday, CMS released a new QSO letter (QSO-20-20-ALL) which prioritizes surveys to only Complaint/Self-Reports triaged at an IJ level (or to clear an IJ) and Targeted Infection Control Surveys effective March 20-April 10, 2020.  The letter also states that any IJ investigation will also include a review with the Focused Infection Control Survey regardless of the reason for the IJ investigation.  No other surveys will be conducted during this prioritization period, and some states may not conduct focused Infection Control Surveys if their state survey agency staff have been redirected to fulfill other State Emergency Response responsibilities, which has been under consideration here in Iowa.

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