Long-Term Care and Senior Living Leaders Emphasize Need for Residents and Staff to Receive Prioritization for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Posted by Argentum on November 30, 2020

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), LeadingAge, Argentum and the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) released a joint statement today regarding distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine:

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Topics: Vaccine

Tips to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Posted by Argentum on November 25, 2020

At Argentum, we’ve recently participated in a number of calls on the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination distribution plans. Here, we are sharing some information on the latest plans to date and tips on how to best prepare.

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Topics: Vaccine

Join Us Nov. 19 for a Virtual Senior Living Congressional Briefing

Posted by Argentum on November 17, 2020

Educating lawmakers and their staff about the critical needs of the senior living industry remains a top priority. As such, we will be holding a virtual Senior Living Congressional Briefing on Thursday, November 19.

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Topics: Funding, Vaccine, Testing

Deadline Today: Opt-In to HHS Vaccine Program

Posted by Argentum on November 6, 2020

Sharing a reminder that the deadline for all senior living providers to opt-in to HHS’ Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program for vaccine management is 11:59pm ET today, Friday, November 6.

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Topics: Vaccine

A Status Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Posted by Argentum on November 4, 2020

Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve been keeping a pulse on the status of vaccine trials and preliminary data, and we are working closely with our Vaccine Task Force to craft helpful guidance for senior living providers when a vaccine receives authorization. Here is a download of what we know to date about current vaccine trials:

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Topics: Vaccine

CMS Announces Plan to Cover COVID-19 Vaccine Costs

Posted by Argentum on October 28, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a “comprehensive plan and proactive measures to remove regulatory barriers and ensure consistent coverage and payment for the administration of an eventual vaccine for millions of Americans,” including the nation’s seniors.

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Topics: Vaccine

HHS Pharmacy Partnership Program Sign-Up Extended to November 6

Posted by Argentum on October 28, 2020

The deadline for senior living providers, including assisted living and independent living community providers, to opt-in to HHS’ pharmacy partnership program for vaccine management has been extended to Friday, November 6. (The previous deadline was Friday, October 30.)

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Topics: Vaccine

Reminder and New Information on HHS’ Pharmacy Partnership

Posted by Argentum on October 23, 2020

Sharing a reminder that the deadline to opt-in to HHS’ Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program is Friday, October 30. This program is intended to help long-term care communities, at no cost, with complete vaccination management through a retail pharmacy partnership with CVS and Walgreens. Long-term care communities are not mandated to participate in this program and can request to use their current pharmacy contracts to support COVID-19 vaccination. However, providers should ensure that their long-term care pharmacy is a registered provider with their state. It is also important to note that if communities opt-in to the HHS program, the decision on how to receive vaccines can be changed at any time before vaccines are distributed.

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Topics: Vaccine

HHS Announces Partnership with Pharmacies for Vaccine Management for Long-Term Care Communities

Posted by Argentum on October 16, 2020

Today, HHS announced that it has partnered with CVS and Walgreens for the complete management of the COVID-19 vaccination process for long-term care communities. We have been emphasizing the importance of not only prioritization, but also assistance with vaccine administration, and we appreciate HHS’ attention to and action on this integral issue.

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Topics: Vaccine

Key Takeaways from CDC Call on Vaccine Distribution

Posted by Argentum on October 9, 2020

On October 7, Argentum joined a call with the CDC focused on vaccine distribution in nursing homes and assisted living communities. Some key takeaways from the call include:

  • Concerning dosage of vaccines: Vaccines would use the same product for two doses with the second dose recommended to occur after an interval of approximately 21-28 days from the first dose.
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Topics: Vaccine

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