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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Visit this website daily for the latest information from AHCA/NCAL, DHSS, CDC, and CMS about novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  While long term care facilities follow quality infection control procedures, COVID-19 has heightened focus on infection prevention and control. We are providing resources to assist long term care facilities with issues surrounding COVID-19 and this rapidly evolving situation.  


Frequently Asked Questions for Skilled Nursing



Comprehensive MHCA COVID-19 Toolkit

MHCA has consolidated information and resources from AHCA/NCAL, CMS, DHSS, and the CDC into a Comprehensive MHCA COVID-19 Toolkit.  This toolkit will be continually updated as new and/or revised information is made available to us.  Please check back often for the latest version. 

Last updated: 03/27/2020.  (Please clear your cache and browser history to ensure you are viewing the most recent version)




Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

AHCA/NCAL Communications 

Husch Blackwell Suggested Policies and Forms

MHCA wishes to thank its outside general counsel Husch Blackwell for the development of these suggested policies and forms to be shared with the membership. They can be customized to fit each individual facility‚Äôs situation.  The material below does not constitute legal advice by Husch Blackwell, but as examples of documents to be considered for use by facilities in conjunction with advice from their own attorneys, accountants and other consultants for the facility.

Facility Communications

Department of Health and Senior Services Communications (DHSS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)



Education Relating to COVID-19


VIDEO CONFERENCES: MU Launching COVID-19 ECHO Every Monday From 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. | Click here to download flyer


WEBINAR: "COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Providers: Where Are We Now?" Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. CST

Hosted by ReliasLearning


ONLINE COURSE: "Handling the Coronavirus (COVID-19)"

Hosted by The Pineapple Academy


TEMPORARY NURSE AIDE TRAINING: To assist in addressing staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS is waiving the requirements that a facility may not employ anyone for longer than four months unless they meet certain training and certification requirements. This waiver allows nursing centers to temporarily employ individuals who have completed alternative training paths, as long as they are competent to provide relevant nursing and nursing related services.  To fill this need, AHCA/NCAL is offering an 8-hour online Temporary Nurse Aide training course free to all providers as soon as all required state approvals, such as state occupational licensing and state regulatory requirements, are received.


ONLINE COURSES: "COVID-19 Education for CNAs" | The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) has created and released the first in a series of courses aimed specifically at providing CNAs education on COVID-19.  This content is aimed at helping those who work in senior care to protect themselves and those they serve.  These courses are free of charge and can be accessed by anyone.  Click here to read the full press release.


WEBINAR RECORDING: "COVID-19 - Preparing Your Facility"  

Hosted by MHCA 

Accompanying Slide Presentations:

DHSS: COVID-19 - Preparing Your Facility

QIPMO: COVID-19 - Infection Control

Husch Blackwell: COVID-19: Regulatory and Employment Considerations


WEBINAR RECORDING: "Infection Prevention Training"

Hosted by Martin Bros. Distributing


RESOURCE MATERIALS: Complimentary Resource Materials
Provided by Pathway Health



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