ExpiredCOVID surveillance testing program for hospice staff

  • September 10, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Good afternoon Hospice Administrators! After numerous requests from the Alliance and individual agencies, NH DHHS has informed the Alliance it is ready to start a COVID surveillance testing program for hospice staff who visit long term care facilities.   

 

The DHHS Central Coordinating Office will work with each hospice agency to develop a schedule for testing staff once a month.  This time-frame is consistent with revised CDC/CMS guidelines for Long Term Care personnel. Surveillance testing for Long Term Care facilities will soon transition to a 28-day cycle based on county infection rates. DHHS plans to announce the hospice testing program to long term care facilities on its weekly LTCF Call, tomorrow at Noon (Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/511075725  Call-in phone number: (929) 205-6099 o Meeting ID: 511 075 725.) Hospice staff testing could begin as early as next week. The program will include provision of test kits and courier pick-up of specimens.  At this time, it is not clear if the program applies to hospice staff who visit SNFs only, or if it also includes staff who visit ALFs. We are seeking clarification on this point.

 

In order to prepare for program implementation, each hospice agency should send the following information to Stephanie Locke, National Stockpile Coordinator at NH DHHS

  • Hospice Agency Name & Address
  • Testing Contact Name, email  & phone
  • Number of staff who regularly provide hospice care in Long Term Care facilities
  • Current drop off location for COVID lab specimens
  • Do you currently have a testing program for your hospice staff?  If so, please describe briefly.

 

Have questions?  The Alliance will host a zoom meeting with Stephanie Locke on Thursday, September 10 at 3:00pm  Info is below.

Gina

 

 

Home Care, Hospice, PC Alliance of NH is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Hospice COVID Testing Meeting

Time: Sep 10, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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