Qsource is monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak closely and has put in place necessary measures to protect our workplaces, our staff and their families. At the same time, we continue to serve and support our customers, healthcare partners and stakeholders, as we work together through the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the very best outcomes possible for our communities. This webpage shares important news, information and updates directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and state and local health authorities. As new information becomes available, we will post it here.

Letter From CMS Administrator to Nursing Home Workers

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma penned a letter to nursing home management and staff. Administrator Verma shared her gratitude for the unwavering dedication and commitment of nursing home management and staff in keeping residents safe and for continuing to compassionately care for those who rely on them during this unprecedented time. The letter also provides links to previously shared infection control resources. Letter

May 18: Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials
May 15: Nursing Home Reporting Requirement
May 13: CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19
May 11: Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services (Video)
May 6: CMS Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes
April 30: Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic
April 30: CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes
April 23: CMS NEWS: Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit to Accelerate State Use of Telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP
April 22: CMS Releases Additional Blanket Waivers for Long-Term Care Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Intermediate Care Facilities
April 21: Message from the Department of Health and Human Services
April 19: CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19
April 15: CMS Increases Medicare Payment for High-Production Coronavirus Lab Tests
April 14: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Long-Term Care Facility (LTC) Transfer Scenarios
April 10: HHS Letter to Hospital Administrators and FAQs
April 9: Trump Administration Acts to Ensure U.S. Healthcare Facilities Can Maximize Frontline Workforces to Confront COVID-19 Crisis
April 8: CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19
April 7: CMS Approves Approximately $34 Billion for Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program for Medicare Providers in One Week
April 7: COVID-19 Dear Clinician Letter and Updated Elective Surgery Recommendations
April 3: COVID-19 Nursing Home Guidance
April 2: Trump Administration Issues Key Recommendations to Nursing Homes, State and Local Governments

Latest News and Information from state health departments

Arkansas

Latest News/Info from the Arkansas health department
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus
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Illinois

Latest News/Info from the Illinois health department
http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirusChicago Health Alert Network

Are you a healthcare worker in Illinois? Are you juggling trying to maintain a work schedule while schools are closed and your children are home? The State is setting up a help line and there is a text service at 312-736-7390 to connect essential workers to child options. Check the Office of Early Childhood Education for the most up to date information: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD/Pages/For-Communities.aspx.

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Kentucky

Latest News/Info from the Kentucky health department
https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx