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  • 2021-62 - 12/30/2021
    • CDC Guidance for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure and Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages – UPDATE
    • CDC Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Periods for General Population – UPDATE
  • 2021-61 - 12/22/2021
    • Test Reporting Refresher – Dr. Vuppalanchi – LINKS CORRECTED
    • IP Toolkit – Revised 12/14/2021
      • Outbreak Testing for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Process (12/10/21)
      • Travel Guidance (12/10/21)
  • 2021-60 - 12/16/2021
    • Infection Prevention Refresher
    • Test Reporting Refresher
    • Sequencing to Identify Variants in COVID-19 Cases
  • 2021-58 - 12/08/2021
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Reporting – REMINDER – DUE DATE
    • COVID-19 Ready in EMResource – REMINDER
    • CDC Health Alert Network (HAN): Increasing Seasonal Influenza A (H3N2) Activity
    • CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
  • 2021-57 - 12/02/2021
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Reporting – REMINDER
    • CMS COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Rule – Update
    • LTC Leadership Conference Recordings Available
    • COVID-19 Reporting Refresher and Clarification
    • New Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Coordinator
  • 2021-56 - 11/24/2021
    • New CMS Guidance – Nursing Home Visitation
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Survey – REMINDER
    • PPE Availability & Order Information – IDOH Letter from Amy Kent
  • 2021-55 - 11/18/2021
    • New CMS Guidance – Nursing Home Visitation (REVISED)
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Survey – NEW
    • Essential Family Caregiver (EFC) Program
  • 2021-53 - 11/04/2021
    • CMS NEWS – Emergency Regulation Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Readiness Survey – REMINDER
  • 2021-52 - 10/28/2021
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Survey
    • Leadership Conference – Nov. 2, 2021 – Registration Closes 10/29/2021 at NOON
  • 2021-51 - 10/26/2021
    • COVID-19 Booster Dose – IDOH Letter from Dr. Kristina Box, State Health Commissioner & Amy Kent, Assistant Commissioner – Consumer Services & Healthcare Regulation
    • Leadership Conference – Nov. 2, 2021 – Registration Closes 10/29/2021 at NOON
  • 2021-50 - 10/14/2021
    • Healthcare Workers’ Opinion of COVID-19 Vaccination Survey
    • LTC Leadership Conference – Registration NOW OPEN
  • 2021-49 - 10/07/2021
    • COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance in Long-term Care Facilities – Revised
    • COVID-19 Guidance for Hospital Discharge to Long-term Care Facilities & Hospital to Post-Acute Care Transfer COVID-19 Assessment – Updated
    • Influenza Vaccination Requirements – REMINDER
    • Leadership Conference – Registration
  • 2021-48 - 09/29/2021
    • LTC – Standard of Practice (SOP) – Update 09/28/21
    • Infection Preventionist Information – Update 09/28/21
    • Save the Date – Leadership Conference – Nov. 2
  • 2021-47 - 09/24/2021
    • Vaccine Booster Dose – Pfizer
    • CDC Guidance on Eye Protection
    • Monoclonal Antibody Request – Deadline
    • New CMS & CDC Guidance Documents
  • 2021-46 - 09/16/2021
    • Monoclonal Antibody (MAB) therapy for confirmed COVID-19 and for post-exposure prophylaxis in COVID-19
    • NHSN Modifications – 09/18/2021
    • Bowen Center Request
  • 2021-45 - 09/10/2021
    • COVID-19 Updated LTC SOP Guidance
    • IDOH COVID-19 IP Toolkit
    • Bowen Center – Staffing Support Information
    • Langham Portal – Ordering Testing Supplies – Reminder
    • Data Submission Guidelines – Reminder
  • 2021-44 - 09/02/2021
    • Facility Closure Requirements – Medicare/Medicaid & Residential
    • Outbreak Sequencing – Temporarily Suspend
    • Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Coordinator
    • CMS Expands Medicare Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • 2021-43 - 08/26/2021
    • Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Projects Applications
    • HAI Webinar – Sept. 28
    • LTC Toolkit Update – COVID-19
    • Outbreak-sequencing Project—Update
    • REDCap Survey—Reminder
  • 2021-41 - 08/19/2021
    • New Assistant Commissioner Announcement
    • Emergency Order Reissuing Temporary Blanket Waivers for Comprehensive Care Facilities & Residential Care Facilities
    • COVID-19 Vaccines for Immunocompromised People
    • LTC Facilities Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination – Updates Clarification
    • REDCap Survey – Additional Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
    • What you need to know about the Delta variant
  • 2021-40 - 08/13/2021
    • COVID-19 LTC Facility Infection Control Guidance SOP—Updated 08/11/2021
    • Expanding Outbreak Testing & Sequencing Process—Update
    • NHSN COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting & Data Error Alerts
  • 2021-39 - 08/13/2021
    • Long-term Care Facilities Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination—Updated 8.6.21
    • LTC Facility COVID-19 Data Submission Guidelines—REMINDER
    • Tuberculosis Prevention – Program Advisory Letters – Comprehensive Care & Residential Care Facilities
    • Vaccine Hesitancy Letter – Dr. Vuppalanchi, LTC Medical Director
  • 2021-33 - 07/02/2021
    • Masking Guidance—CHANGE 07.01.2021
    • Essential Family Caregiver Program
    • COVID-19 Vaccine—Benefits of Vaccination Flyer
  • 2021-32 - 06/30/2021
    • Emergency Orders Reissuing Temporary Blanket Waivers
      • Comprehensive Care
      • Residential Care
    • "Why Vaccination Matters" – IDOH Medical Director's Desk
  • 2021-31 - 06/25/2021
    • QSO-20-41-ALL—REVISED 06.21.2021 – Guidance related to Emergency Preparedness – Exercise Exemption Based on a Facility’s Activation of Their Emergency Plan
    • QSO-21-19-NH—05.11.2021 – Interim Final Rule – COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Requirements for Residents & Staff—REMINDER
    • Benefits for Fully Vaccinated—Staff, Residents, Visitors &  Updates to LTC Guidance
      • COVID-19 LTC Facility Infection Control Guidance Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)—Updated 06.22.2021
      • Long-term Care Facilities Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination—Updated 06.22.2021
      • Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Signage
  • 2021-29 - 06/11/2021
    • Document Updates
      • Visitation and Mask Usage FAQs—New
      • Visitation Requirement Guidelines Sign—Revised
    • Civil Money Penalty Project Application
      • Communicative Technology
      • In-Person Visitation Aids
    • Civil Money Penalty - Education Course
      • Building an Infection Prevention Savvy Workforce
  • 2021-28 - 06/04/2021
    • Long-term Care Facilities Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination—Update
    • COVID-19 LTC Facility Infection Control Guidance Standard Operating Procedure —Update
    • Visitation Requirements Guidelines for Long-Term Care facilities—Signage
  • 2021-27 - 05/28/2021
    • Essential Family Caregiver (EFC) Program
    • Increasing Vaccination rates in Nursing Homes
  • 2021-25 - 05/14/2021
    • QSO-21-19-NH Interim Final Rule—COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Requirements for Residents and Staff
    • COVID-19 LTC Facility Infection Control Guidance Standard Operating Procedure—Update 05.13.21
    • Long-term Care Facilities Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination—Update 05.13.21
  • 2021-24 - 05/04/2121
    • COVID-19 Toolkit for Long-term Care Facility Staff—Updates
      • COVID-19 LTC Facility Infection Control Guidance SOP
      • LTC Facilities Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 Vaccinations
      • Fully Vaccinated Visitor Screening Tool
      • Travel Guidance
  • 2021-23 - 04/30/2021
    • SO-20-38-NH Revised 04/27/2021—Interim Final Rule (IFC), Additional Policy & Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to LTC Facility Testing Requirements and Revised COVID-19 Focused Survey Tool
    • QSO-20-39-NH Revised 04/27/2021—Nursing Home Visitation - COVID-19
  • 2021-22 - 04/21/2021
    • Fully Vaccinated Screening Tools—New
    • NHSN Reporting—Update
    • Town Hall Session 2—COVID19: Virus, Vaccine, and the Value of Herd Immunity - Qsource - April 22, 2021
  • 2021-21 - 04/16/2021
    • Residential Care Facilities - Survey Form—Revision
    • Civil Money Penalty—Educational Courses
      • Building an Infection Prevention Savvy Workforce
      • Abuse and Neglect Prevention
  • 2021-20 - 04/12/2021
    • Long-term Care Health Surveys—Resumption
    • Civil Money Penalty Project Applications
    • Travel Guidance for Healthcare Personnel—Clarification
    • QSO-21-17-NH Updates to the Long-term Care Emergency Regulatory Waivers Issued in Response to COVID-19
  • 2021-19 - 04/08/2021
    • Long-term Care Facilities Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination
    • Travel Guidance for Health Care Personnel
  • 2021-18 - 04/01/2021
    • QSO-21-15-ALL – Updated Guidance for Emergency Preparedness—Appendix Z
    • Long-term Care Eye Protection—UPDATE
    • Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy—QSource Webinar
  • 2021-17 - 03/26/2021
    • CHIRP Access for Long-term Care Facilities
    • Aerosol Generating Procedure in Progress Signage—OPTIONAL
    • Long-term Care Facility Communication Guidelines—CLARIFICATION
    • Contact Information for LTC Pharmacies—State Maintenance Vaccine Option
  • 2021-16 - 03/21/2021
    • COVID-19 Protocol for NEMT Providers—REVISED
    • Maintenance Access to COVID-19 Vaccine in Long-term Care Facilities—NEW
    • Quarantine Guidance for Long-term Care Residents and Staff—REVISED
  • 2021-15 - 03/18/2021
    • QSO-2-39-NH – Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19—REVISED
    • Long-term Care Facilities Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination—NEW
    • COVID-19 LTC Facility Infection Control Guidance Standard Operating Procedure—UPDATED
    • Long-term Care Facility Communication Guidelines—UPDATED
    • Visitor & Employee Screening Tool—REVISED
    • Mom’s Vaccinated: WHEN CAN I VISIT HER NURSING HOME?—NEW
  • 2021-14 - 03/15/2021
    • Vaccination Survey for Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities
  • 2021-13 - 03/08/2021
    • COVID-19 Death Reporting
    • CMP Project - Accelerated Antimicrobial Stewardship for Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • 2021-12 - 03/01/2021
    • Visitation Guidelines for Long-term Care Facilities—UPDATE
  • 2021-11 - 02/26/2021
    • FAQs COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics—Third Clinics
    • LTC Healthcare Worker—Travel Guidance
    • New Infection Preventionist—Update
    • Abuse & Neglect Prevention—March 30, 2021
  • Issue 2021-10 - 02/17/2021
    • Reporting county Positivity Rates—CLARIFICATION
  • Issue 2021-09 - 02/15/2021
    • Visitation Guidelines—REMINDER
  • Issue 2021-08 - 02/12/2021
    • Resumption of LTC Facility Surveys
    • LTC Staff Surveys
  • Issue 2021-07 - 02/10/2021
    • LTC Testing Supplies Ordering
    • Ombudsman Visitation
    • Reporting Positive POC Results
  • Issue 2021-06 - 01/29/2021
    • National Healthcare Safety Network—Date Correction
  • Issue 2021-05 - 01/27/2021
    • National Guard Soldier Mission End Date
    • National Healthcare Safety Network—Important Request
    • TB testing and COVID-19 Vaccine—CDC Information
  • Issue 2021- 04 - 01/25/2021 
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Healthcare Providers
    • Visitation Guidance for Long Term Care
  • Issue 2021-03 - 01/19/2021
    • TB Testing—Update
  • Issue 2021-02 - 01/12/2021
    • QSO-21-11-ALL – New Platform for Submissions of 1135 Waiver Request and Inquiries—Go Live
  • Issue 2021-01 - 01/05/2021 / (2020-79)
    • CMS Information