The Latest News and Updates from NCALA!
The Latest News and Updates from NCALA!
No. 20-04

The NCALA Advisor

Letter from the President

As we are nearing the holidays and 2020 speeds to a close, I want to acknowledge all of you as true heroes during this pandemic and acknowledge the hard work that you are doing to protect your residents and keep your communities safe. Last year at this time, none of us could have predicted this year and all of the challenges and changes that we have endured.
NCALA has been doing everything that we can to communicate timely and relevant information to you. Additionally, we continue to represent our NC providers by voicing their ideas, concerns, and issues to various state and federal agencies as well as advocating for future funding to assist in the economic recovery process of assisted living providers. Your perseverance during this stressful year and dedication to your profession is admirable and appreciated by staff, residents, and families all across NC!
 
Sincerely,
Frances Messer
NCALA President & CEO

HB1105 NCALA Grant Update

The North Carolina Assisted Living Association (NCALA) was successful in obtaining $16,167,539 of the federal coronavirus funds for COVID-19 testing, PPE, emergency equipment, and cleaning equipment and solutions. You can read more about HB1105 here.
We have combined our funds with funds received by NC Senior Living Association in HB1105 to maximize our purchasing power on the 2nd round of PPE, which will consist of gloves, masks, gowns, infrared thermometers, hand sanitizer, ready-to-use disinfectant, and possibly other items.
By now you will have already started receiving gowns and masks. Although the packing slips and the proof of receipt are to be sent to the NCSLA as described in the receiving documents, the products were purchased with the NCALA and the NCSLA combined grant monies.
Additionally, NCALA and NCSLA are also working together for the purpose of providing point-of-care antigen tests, also known as rapid tests, and the PCR tests. The grant specifically states that 50% of the funds have to be spent on the rapid test to facilitate visitor testing. It is important to note that each community has to have a CLIA waiver in place before the community staff is allowed to perform the Antigen test. You can learn more about obtaining a CLIA waiver here.
NCALA is also especially grateful for the HB1105 allocation of $750,000 to use to facilitate virtual and in-person visitation for our residents and their families. We are quickly working to vet vendors, determine the types of products to be purchased for communities, and establish contracts. We will be communicating more information in the near future regarding this shipment.

10% COVID Discount for 2021 Provider Membership Dues

A reminder that the NCALA Membership cycle runs from January 1 through December 31. Renewal invoices for 2021 will be sent out in the next couple of weeks along with a data collection sheet. We sincerely hope that you will continue to be a member of the NC Assisted Living Association and we look forward to serving you in 2021! As a thank you to our members, we would like to reduce your dues by 10% for 2021. Upon payment of dues, we will be emailing you a 2021 Membership Certificate that you can print out and post in your community.
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Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Website and Managed Care Launch Timetable

As most of you know, we at NCALA have been following the state’s preparations for the launch of Medicaid Managed Care with close attention. Deputy Secretary Dave Richard announced the schedule for Medicaid Managed Care startup and sent us a note about the state’s new Medicaid Managed Care Web site.
Medicaid Managed Care will generally not startup on July 1, 2021, for most Medicaid residents of assisted living communities because most residents in our communities are Dually Eligible—they get both Medicaid and Medicare—and therefore are excluded under the initial phase of the rollout in 2021. Managed Care will only enroll those residents who are pure Medicaid—not Dual Eligibles—at this time.
The residents in our communities who might be enrolled at this time are therefore a small minority of the people you serve. CALA will continue to provide you with up-to-date and accurate information about managed care as it develops. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Richard Rutherford of LTSS Consulting, Inc [(919) 264-2398, medicaidwiz@gmail.com] has volunteered to field any questions about this announcement at no charge. He has outlined the steps you can take now to prepare:
  1. Get a contract with all of the Managed Care Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs), including the EBCI Tribal plan if that is in your area.
  2. Make sure your billing agency or department is set up to submit claims to all of the plans.
  3. Identify which of the residents in your community are going to be excluded at the outset of Managed Care, and which will be included.
  4. Make sure all of the included residents, and/or their representatives and families, get copies of the materials distributed by PHPs explaining the differences between plans. Make sure calls are made to explore each plan’s offerings—the comparison chart is not complete and sometimes the extras offered have conditions that are important.
  5. Understand that residents can move in and out of Managed Care due to qualifying for Medicare and that they have the right to change Prepaid Health Plans at any time (monthly).
  6. Appoint an individual or team with the job of watching for NCALA announcements and educational programs, tuning in when Medicaid presents training and disseminating the information within your community as needed.

NCALA’s Training Calendar

We are offering a webinar on December 3, 2020, for 1.5 CEs presented by PointClickCare. The topic is “Applying Trauma Informed Care to Address Staff Wellbeing” and it will be from 11:00 am–12:30 pm. FREE for our Members!
Our next AIT class will be January 27–28, 2021. For more information, please email karen@ncala.org.
Please check our training calendar often for updates regarding scheduled training and events: https://www.ncala.org/training/#ncala.
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