Coronavirus Resources for Home Care & Hospice
At the National Association for Home Care & Hospice we are concerned about COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, and how it will impact our members and their patients. Since much is still unknown, we have developed this page to serve as a resource to our members and visitors from the home health and hospice community. This page will continue to be updated as more information is made available.
NAHC & PARTNER RESOURCES
- Coronavirus Products & Services Resources Page
- COVID-19 Summary (Updated 3/30): Important Updates
- Advocacy Efforts to Mobilize Home Care & Hospice to Fight COVID-19
- Employment FAQ for Home Care Employers
- MedBridge COVID-19 Toolkit
- Statement from NAHC on Coronavirus and 2020 Meetings
- 3/26 Video statement from NAHC President William Dombi
- Exposure to Coronavirus (201-NCOV): Disease Response & Management
- Coronavirus Guidance for Home Health & Hospice
- Patient Guide for COVID-19 (docx)
- Caregiver Guide for COVID-19 (docx)
- Guide for Cleaning and Disinfecting COVID-19 (docx)
COVID-19 Screening and Testing Tools Provided by a Health System
- Information for Healthcare Professionals
- Interim Guidance for Public Health Personnel Evaluating Persons Under Investigation and Asymptomatic Close Contacts of Confirmed Cases
- Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings
- Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE
- Home Health Telehealth for Face to Face Guidance
- CMS Medicaid FAQs (updated 3/18)
- Home Health Agencies
- Hospice Agencies
- Nursing Homes (REVISED)
- Use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel
- Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) COVID-19 Test Pricing (PDF)
- Guidance to help Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Respond to COVID-19 (PDF)
- WHO: Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
- WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance
- Temporary Enforcement Guidance – Healthcare Respiratory Protection Annual Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Guidelines for Workers and Employers
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Stats
- Johns Hopkins Resources for Community & Patients
- Office of the Inspector General
- PQHH: Combatting Coronavirus: Opportunities for Expanded use of Home Health to Support Patient Safety and Public Health
- How to Prepare for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza: Free Training & Resources digital toolkit
- COVID-19 Resources for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Was I Exposed to Coronavirus?
- Checklist: Home Care & Hospice – What You Should Be Doing Now (3/16)
- Coronavirus Home Care and Hospice Checklist
WEBINARS & VIRTUAL EVENTS
- Recurring Wednesdays: NAHC Home Care & Hospice COVID-19 Town Hall (Six-Part Series)
- Recurring Thursdays: AARP Live Q&A Event: The Coronavirus
- April 2: National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care Conversation with Coalition Leaders: Impact and What Lies Ahead
- April 1: Home Care & Hospice COVID-19 Town Hall Part 2: Mary Myers, John Hopkins Home Care Group (Recording available)
- March 31: Home Health and Hospice Pandemic Relief: Medicare and more
- March 27: COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Strategies
- March 27: How Hospice Inpatient Units are Preparing and Responding to the Threat of COVID-19: A Community Conversation
- March 25: Home Care & Hospice COVID-19 Town Hall Part 1: Brent Korte, EvergreenHealth (Recording available)
- March 13: COVID-19: The Impact on Home Care and Hospice (Recording available for $40, use promo code NAHCCOVID)
- March 5: CDC: What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United States (Recording available)
- $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Would Relax Home Health Certification Requirements, Encourage Telehealth Use
- HHCN Poll: 31% of Home-Based Care Providers Have Been Affected by COVID-19
- CMS Waives Hospice Rules Amid COVID-19 Emergency
- Over-Capacity Challenges Loom Large as US COVID-19 Hospitalizations Projected to Reach 4.8M
- NAHC Urges CMS to Make Sweeping Regulatory Changes as Coronavirus Hits Pandemic Status
- CMS Issues Home Health COVID-19 Guidance, Eases Supplies Standards
- Avoiding Panic, Educating Staff Keys to Surviving Coronavirus Scare
- Hospices Gear Up to Face COVID-19
- Senate approves $8.3 billion total coronavirus response package
- U.S. to Miss Rollout Goal This Week on Virus Tests, Senators Say
- Preparing for Emergencies & Disasters Before They Happen
- As Confirmed Cases Rise, Home Health Industry Turns Its Attention to Coronavirus
- NAHC Shares Coronavirus Checklist
- CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus
- Home Health and Hospice: Prepare NOW for the Coronavirus!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (facemasks are only needed for those who show symptoms of coronavirus).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.