WEEKLY VENDOR ADVISORY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) MEETINGS
Attention all Service Providers - Please join San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center and its Vendor Advisory Committee for a meeting regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) related to directives from the Department of Developmental Services and to discuss resource needs for individuals served and their families. The meeting will ONLY be convened via videoconference due to the necessity to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR VENDORS/SERVICE PROVIDERS
PROVIDER RELIEF FUND MEDICAID AND CHIP PROVIDER DISTRIBUTION
UPDATE: HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers and Plans to Reopen Portal to Certain Medicare Providers
As part of its ongoing efforts to provide financial relief to healthcare providers impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing an application deadline extension for the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and dental providers.
HHS also plans to allow certain Medicare providers who experienced challenges in the Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution application period a second opportunity to receive funding.
Both groups will have until Friday, August 28, 2020 to apply.
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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED - Applications are now due AUGUST 3, 2020.
On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the distribution of approximately $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution.
The payment to each provider will be approximately 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care; the final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data is submitted.
Who Can Apply - Any provider that meets the eligibility requirements and can attest to the Terms and Conditions associated with the Medicaid and CHIP Distribution is eligible for funding. Applications must be submitted by August 3, 2020.
How to Apply For Funding
1. Visit hhs.gov/providerrelief and choose “For Providers”
2. Click on the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal within the Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund Payment Forms and Guidance section to get started.
Providers may submit their revenue information to the federal enhanced Provider Relief Fund Portal to be eligible for payment from this Fund. Please note, applications are due July 20, 2020. This funding will provide relief to Medicaid providers experiencing lost revenues or increased expenses due to COVID-19. It is uncertain how much funding will be available or how funding will be allocated.
NOTICE FOR REQUEST FOR INTEREST (RFI) - TECHNOLOGY LENDING LIBRARY PROJECT
Community Resource Development Plan - Fiscal Year 2020/2021
Due to COVID-19, many vendored services have been provided virtually/remotely to individuals with developmental disabilities.
SG/PRC is looking for an agency to create a lending library of technology tools that will allow the individuals and families that we serve to borrow technology so that they can fully participate with the services being provided. Funds will be used to develop a technology lending library. This lending library will provide tablets, laptops and portable connectivity for check out.
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE (BMRC)
SG/PRC’s Behavior Modification Review Committee (BMRC) will be responsible for the review, consideration, monitoring, approval, or denial of any behavior interventions that may cause pain or trauma utilizing the procedures and criteria outlined in Title 17, §50800-50823. These regulations are intended to preserve the rights of individuals that are being served by SG/PRC and ensure that all restrictive measures have been adequately reviewed, determined to be clinically appropriate and is a necessary least restrictive service delivery approach to meet an individual’s needs.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE U.S. CENSUS AND HOW CRITICAL IT IS TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS FOR ALL HOME ENVIRONMENTS.
Want to ensure your community gets its share of over $600 billion in federal funding? All people with disabilities must be counted in the 2020 Census. Help is available!
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Group Home and Facility Administrators: Did you know that you have the important task of making sure everyone in your home is counted for the census? The Census Bureau helps group quarters administrators to respond to the census on behalf of residents. Group Quarters Info: English, Spanish / Español
JUNE 15, 2020 - BEST PRACTICES - CORONAVIRUS DISEASE for VENDORS
During this unprecedented health crisis, SG/PRC’s partnership with our service provider community is stronger than ever. During our weekly conversations with our service provider community, we have identified the need for a best practice document as a reference tool in managing the spread of COVID-19. In response to this identified need, our SG/PRC Nurse Advocates have developed a Best Practice Document for Vendors/Service Providers to support health & safety, by reducing and managing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Risk
For additional guidance for individuals/staff having symptoms, presumed exposure, or a positive Coronavirus test – please contact the LA County Department of Public Health, Infectious Disease Hotline at (213) 240-7941 where a Public Health Nurse will call back to advise you.
MAY 19, 2020 - PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) REQUEST
***NEW SURVEY AS OF JUNE 25, 2020***
Attention Administrators and Program Directors - In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, we continue to work with DDS and other agencies to access Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to provide to service providers serving some of the most at-risk population. Distribution of all PPE will be made based on availability. Once we have a supply of PPE on hand, those that have filled out the survey below, will be contacted via email with the next date and time PPE supplies will be distributed.
In order to be responsive to our vendor community as quickly as we possibly can, we will need you to complete the survey below. Please note: If you have previously filled out this survey, you will need to resubmit after each distribution date in order to be considered once again. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
APRIL 8, 2020 - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) – UNFUNDED
REGISTRY FOR DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS - COVID 19 SURGE CAPACITY - San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center is soliciting proposals for a staffing registry. Deadline for submissions is April 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE
APRIL 6, 2020 - VENDOR/SERVICE PROVIDER CONTACT INFORMATION
How can we reach key people in your organization? Help us update our records by filling out the contact information update form.
If you have more than one vendor number, please complete the contact information form for each vendor number. Also, if you have more than one person at your organization that should be on our list, please have them fill out a form, as well.
MARCH 27, 2020 - STATE OF EMERGENCY BILLING
On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency for California, as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. On March 12, 2020, San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center (SG/PRC) received the approved State of Emergency (SOE) notification from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). As a result of this SOE declaration, DDS is authorizing the Regional Centers, pursuant to Title 17 CCR §54326 (a)(11), to pay vendors for absences that are the direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak in California. This SOE was approved for consumer absences for nonresidential services only.
When billing for the month of March 2020, vendors may bill for services and/or appointments that were not provided due to the precautionary measures for COVID-19 or are a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
MARCH 24, 2020 - LA COUNTY ALERTS PUBLIC ABOUT INCREASING COVID-19 SCAMS, WARNS OF FRAUDULENT WEBSITES, EMAILS AND DONATION REQUESTS
Los Angeles, CA (Tues., March 24, 2020)-- Los Angeles County residents are reminded of several fraud schemes designed to prey on the vulnerable in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Reports of malicious websites, email schemes, and suspicious links have come to the attention of law enforcement and public officials.
“Malicious actors can prey upon those that are distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and use it to their advantage,” stated Los Angeles County Chief Information Officer William Kehoe. “The public needs to be mindful and careful, and avoid websites, phishing emails, and scams that engage people through false information about the health crisis, and steal personal user information and data. By clicking on fraudulent weblinks, hackers can deliver malware and then gain access to passwords, browsing information, credit card numbers, and other personal information. We all need to stay vigilant.” FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE
MARCH 23, 2020 - ESSENTIAL WORKERS CLASSIFICATION
The question has arisen a few times about whether RC and provider staff have or can be deemed essential in response to shelter-in-place orders. According to this site (https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/), it looks like these determinations are being made by the State Public Health Officer.
The list (https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf) includes “Workers who provide support to vulnerable populations to ensure their health and well-being including family care providers.”
MARCH 20, 2020 - SCAM ALERTS
Alert: Far Northern Regional Center has become aware of a scam occurring in our vendor community. A person is calling agencies and pretending to be from licensing. They are offering to perform training for older clients but are stating that Licensing cannot pay them at the moment. They then ask for a credit card to hold a room and pay for transportation before they arrive. This caller has been making the rounds through our vendor community and we feel it’s important to get word out.