The Lead August 27, 2020


Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation:
LeadingAge Resource on Three-Day Stay Waiver

Home and Community-Based Services:
Illinois Home Care Services Virtual Bootcamp
OASAC Update

Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation:

LeadingAge Resource on Three-Day Stay Waiver
To answer questions about the qualifying hospital stay (three-day stay) and benefit period waivers, LeadingAge has an explainer tool you can use as a resource.  Both waivers are still in effect, both waivers relate to SNF care under you Medicare A benefit, but one waiver requires a direct affect from COVID-19 while the affect is assumed for all beneficiaries for the other.

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Home and Community-Based Services:

Illinois Home Care Services Virtual Bootcamp
LeadingAge Illinois, in partnership with Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, is pleased to announce a virtual workshop for Illinois Home Care Services owners, operators, directors, and managers: the Illinois Home Care Services Virtual Bootcamp. You can connect from anywhere to this virtual event.

The curriculum has been designed to give new and not-so-new Home Care Services operators and managers a deep dive into the Illinois’ Home Care Licensure program. Register here.

Wednesday, September 16
10:30 am – 3:00 pm


  • Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
  • S. Department of Labor
  • LeadingAge Illinois
  • Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Bootcamp Benefits:

  • Earn up to 3.0 CEs
  • Direct access to attorneys and DOL staff to have your questions answered
  • Take part in a Q&A session with LAIL during lunch

Click here for the Boot Camp Brochure

“The Bootcamp is an event every home care agency manager or owner should attend. Extremely valuable. Best speakers of all events I attended this year!”

-Jenna Myrczik, Home Care Services Program Manager, My Solutions

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OASAC Update
The Older Adult Services Advisory Committee (OASAC) recently released their Fiscal Year 2021 Priorities during a Committee meeting Monday afternoon.  Committee members also received an update on Illinois Department on Aging (DoA) programs.

OASAC Reopening Work Groups:
OASAC formed seven work groups to meet on COVID-19/reopening.  The Department works closely with the Illinois Departments of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and Public Health (IDPH).

  • Adult Day Services (ADS).
    • 18 Adult Day Services (ADS) providers have been approved by the Department to reopen softly.
    • DoA requires ADS providers to submit a reopening plan, including a video showing how they are complying with social distancing and other protocols.
    • The Department has provided ADS providers with preservation grants through monthly payments to sustain the ADS network and give them the ability to stabilize and reopen.
    • ADS providers were given the ability to bill MCOs for remote/virtual services.
    • Many ADS providers have been doing virtual activities throughout the emergency even though the center is closed.
  • Adult Protective Services (APS). Staff started going out in July for face-to-face visits for priority 1 and 2 cases.
  • Case Coordination Units (CCUs).
  • Emergency Home Response (EHR) and Automated Medication Dispensers (AMD).
  • In-Home Care.
  • The Ombdsman reopening plan was drafted last week and is being finalized for distribution to ombudsmen.
  • Senior Centers. 36, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) funded centers are now open.  More are open that are not funded by AAAs.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • The Department has distributed over 900,000 pieces of PPE to date to the aging network.
  • Department has been providing PPE offset payments to the aging network providers.

Emergency Senior Services:

  • DoA has $5 million for FY21 for this program.
  • This new program has been in full force since the pandemic started and funds can be given to individuals age 60 plus or individuals with an open APS case, including persons ages 18-59 with disability.
  • It is the payer of the last resort that addresses unmet needs as a result of COVID-19. The program also now covers needs that arise due to social unrest.

LeadingAge Illinois representation on OASAC includes Jason Speaks, Senior Manager of Policy and Communications, Sherry Barter Hamlin, CEO of Voyage Senior Living, and John Larson, CEO of Cantata Adult Life Services.

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