DQA Email Subscription (Listserv) Archives

The last twelve months of the Division of Quality Assurance email messages sent to listserv subscribers may be viewed below. Messages are listed in chronological order (newest to oldest) for each of the three DQA listservs.

DQA Notification
and Updates

Notifications include DQA numbered memos, DQA Quarterly Information Updates, CMS program letter, provider training, rules development, and the Pharmacy Newscapsule.

Date Subject
11/19/21 New CMS Guidance - Nursing Home Visitation DQA Webinar, Tuesday, November 30, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
11/17/21 *New Zoom link* COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, November 19 at 7 a.m.
11/16/21 DQA Webinar - COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Rule - Tuesday, November 23, 2021
11/16/21 DQA Webinar - COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Rule - Tuesday, November 23, 2021
11/9/21 COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination
11/4/21 FDA Investigating Certain Imported Medical Gloves
11/3/21 *New Zoom link* COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, November 5 at 7 a.m.
10/25/21 Wisconsin Long-Term Care Education Series: October 28; Legionella and other Water Management Issues in Long-Term Care Facilities
10/25/21 Link to Tuberculosis (TB) Tuesdays Webinar Series
10/25/21 CORRECTION: Nursing Home Quarterly Regional Office/Provider Forums – November 2021
10/25/21 Nursing Home Quarterly Regional Office/Provider Forums – November 2021
10/21/21 Long-Term Care Webinar – Nursing Home Response to COVID-19
10/20/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, October 22 at 7 a.m.
10/14/21 CORRECTION: RAI/MDS Educational Forum to be held Thursday, October 21, at 1 p.m.
10/14/21 RAI/MDS Educational Forum to be held Wednesday, October 21, at 1 p.m.
10/13/21 OASIS Educational Forum to be held Wednesday, October 20, at 1 p.m.
10/11/21 WEAVR Request Procedure Change
10/6/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, October 8 at 7 a.m.
10/5/21 Automated Referral System for MDS Section-Q Reporting
9/23/21 Webinar: Evaluation for Tuberculosis (TB) Disease and TB Case Management on September 28
9/23/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, September 24 at 7 a.m.
9/21/21 Wisconsin Long-Term Care Education Series: September 23; OSHA COVID-19 Health Care Emergency Temporary Standard
9/20/21 CMS Memo Issues QSO-20-38-NH Revised September 10, 2021
9/20/21 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - FOCUS 2021: A Virtual Experience
9/16/21 BCD: CDC Updates Infection Prevention and Control Guidance
9/15/21 DHS Requests Nursing Homes Join Hospitals in Wisconsin to Use the EMResource Bed Tracking System for Health Care Entities
9/13/21 PASRR: New State Coordinator
9/13/21 DHS Rapid Assistance and Support Team (RAST) for COVID-19 Outbreak
9/10/21 COVID-19 Testing Tips
9/10/21 Long-Term Care Webinar – Nursing Home Response to COVID-19
9/8/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, September 10 at 7 a.m.
9/8/21 Voting News from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
9/2/21 Updated Guidance on Co-Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine and Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) Blood Test
9/1/21 REVISED: DQA Memos 20-001 and 20-002
8/25/21 CMS Issues Memo: QSO-21-21-ICF-IID – Interim Final rule – COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Requirements for Clients and Staff in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)
8/24/21 Wisconsin Long-Term Care Education Series: August 26, Urinary Tract Infection Toolkit Refresher
8/18/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, August 20 at 7 a.m.
8/18/21 IMPORTANT: New Information About the Delta Variant
8/18/21 Starting a Nurse Aide Emergency Training Program (ETP) in Your Facility or Agency
8/17/21 August 23, 2021, DHS Webinar – Delta Variant and Wisconsin’s efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination for Nursing Home Providers
8/10/21 Link for Webinar: Tuberculosis (TB) 101 on August 24
8/9/21 CDC COCA Call: Therapeutic Options to Prevent Severe COVID-19 in Immunocompromised People
8/6/21 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Warns Consumers to Stop Use of Three Models of Adult Portable Bed Rails Manufactured by Bed Handles, Inc., Due to Entrapment, Asphyxia Hazard
8/4/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, August 6 at 7 a.m.
8/3/21 Fit Testing and Respirator Survey
8/2/21 Starting a Child Care Program in a Long-Term Care Residential Facility
7/29/21 Effective August 1, 2021, all Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) and Independent IDR will be conducted by MPRO
7/29/21 August 2021 Nursing Home Quarterly Regional Office/Provider Forums
7/21/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, July 23 at 7 a.m.
7/20/21 Nursing Home Quarterly Regional Office/Provider Forums – July and August 202
7/20/21 Wisconsin Long-Term Care Education Series: July 22, Novel Multidrug-Resistant Organisms
7/12/21 Voting News from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
7/7/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, July 9 at 7 a.m.
7/2/21 IMPORTANT: Guidance related to Emergency Preparedness - CMS Issues Memo: QSO-20-41-ALL Revised June 21, 2021
6/30/21 DHS Medical Stockpile Access Policy and Request Form
6/28/21 Wisconsin DHS Health Alert #32: Increased circulation of Non-COVID-19 respiratory viruses among Children and Adults in Wisconsin
6/22/21 Wisconsin Long-Term Care Education Series: June 24, Hand Hygiene
6/22/21 RAI/MDS Educational Forum to be held Wednesday, July 7 at 1 p.m.
6/18/21 New COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Resource Available
6/18/21 DHS Health Alert #31: Adult and Congenital Syphilis Cases Are Spiking in Milwaukee: Providers Should Prioritize Syphilis Testing in All Medical Settings
6/17/21 OASIS Educational Forum to be held Thursday, July 8, at 1 p.m.
6/17/21 DPH BCD Memo 2021-03: Public Health Reporting Requirements for At-Home COVID-19 Tests
6/17/21 Multistate Tuberculosis (TB) Outbreak Linked to Suspected Contaminated Bone Graft Material Used in Surgery
6/16/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, June 18 at 7 a.m.
6/16/21 CDC COCA Call: Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Post-COVID Conditions
6/11/21 DPH BCD Memo 2021-02: Influenza Testing and Variant Influenza A Virus Detection
6/9/21 Wisconsin Aligns with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Requirements for Routine Testing of Unvaccinated Staff
6/3/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, June 4 at 7 a.m.
6/3/21 Resource: Use of Stand-Alone Room Air Humidifiers Position Paper
6/1/21 COVID-19 Health Alert #30: Myocarditis and Pericarditis Potentially Associated with mRNA-based COVID-19 Vaccines: Clinical Considerations and Information for Providers
5/27/21 Action Requested by June 1, 2021: Final Reminder to Complete the Medicaid Health Information Technology (IT) Survey
5/25/21 Updated Guidance on Co-Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine and Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) Blood Test
5/24/21 CDC COCA Call: Underlying Medical Conditions and Severe COVID-19: Evidence-based Information for Healthcare Providers
5/19/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, May 21 at 7 a.m.
5/19/21 Action Requested by June 1, 2021: Reminder to Complete the Medicaid Health Information Technology (IT) Survey
5/17/21 Wisconsin LTC Education Series: May 27, GI Illness and Outbreaks
5/17/21 CMS Issues Memo: QSO-21-19 – NH Interim Final Rule – COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Requirements for Residents and Staff
5/14/21 COVID-19: Updated Mask Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
5/13/21 CDC COCA Call: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents
5/5/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, May 7 at 7 a.m.
5/5/21 Final Reminder: May 6, 2021 - Deadline for waiver requests allowing Nurse Aide Emergency Training Programs (ETPs) and temporary nurse aides to continue working uninterrupted throughout the duration of the Federal 1135 waiver
4/30/21 2021 Caregiver Project Workshops
4/30/21 Important Reminder: May 6, 2021 - Deadline for waiver requests allowing Nurse Aide Emergency Training Programs (ETPs) and temporary nurse aides to continue working uninterrupted throughout the duration of the Federal 1135 waiver
4/30/21 IMPORTANT: CMS Issues Memo: QS-20-38 Revised 4/27/2021 and QSO 20-39 Revised 4/27/2021
4/29/21 Wisconsin Long-term Care (LTC) Education Series
4/28/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: No provider webinar this week
4/23/21 CDC COCA Call: Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine and Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS): Update for Clinicians
4/21/21 Updated April 19, 2021: Guidance for Providing On-Site Hair Salon and Barber Services in Long -Term Care Settings
4/21/21 Reminder: May 3, 2021, Deadline for Four-Year Renewal of Licensee/Operator Background Checks
4/20/21 OASIS Educational Forum to be held Thursday, May 6, at 3 p.m.
4/19/21 RAI/MDS Educational Forum to be held Thursday, May 6, at 11 a.m.
4/15/21 CDC COCA Call: Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia
4/14/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, April 16 at 7 a.m.
4/14/21 Important updates: COVID-19 Vaccine Program: J&J HAN Health Alert, Vaccine Storage, and WIR data entry
4/14/21 Nursing Home Quarterly Regional Office/Provider Forums – April & May 2021
4/13/21 CMS Updates to Long-Term Care (LTC) Emergency Regulatory Waivers issued in response to COVID-19
4/12/21 BCD: REMINDER: Optimization Strategies for Respiratory Protection in LTCF
4/5/21 Voting News for the April 6, 2021, Spring Election from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
4/2/21 BCD: Lessons Learned from Infection Control and Response Visits (ICARs) with LTCF: Topic 7
4/1/21 IMPORTANT: BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 – Product Expiry Update
3/31/21 BCD: Current CDC Recommendations on the Use of Eye Protection by Health Care Personnel
3/31/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, April 2 at 7 a.m.
3/31/21 BCD: CDC Releases Updated COVID-19 IPC Guidance for LTCF
3/30/21 BCD: Save the Date: Optimization Strategies for Respiratory Protection in LTCF
3/29/21 Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – Nursing Home Response to COVID-19
3/24/21 CDC Legionella Control Toolkit
3/24/21 Voting News for the April 6, 2021, Spring Election from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
3/23/21 Reminder: Nurse Aide Training Program Webinar – Thursday, March 25, 2021
3/18/21 COVID-19 Health Alert #29: Call for Cases: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Adults (MIS-A)
3/17/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, March 19 at 7 a.m.
3/15/21 Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – Nursing Home Response to COVID-19
3/12/21 Effective Immediately: COVID-19 Phased Relaxation of Restrictions/Reopening Wisconsin Nursing Homes
3/12/21 IMPORTANT: Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19 Revised March 10, 2021
3/12/21 Voting News for Care Facilities from the Wisconsin Elections Commission
3/9/21 Correction: 60-Day Extension of Emergency Rule 2029 approved through May 6, 2021 and Save the Date - Nurse Aide Training Program Webinar – Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10 a.m.
3/9/21 60-Day Extension of Emergency Rule 2029 approved through May 6, 2021 and Save the Date - Nurse Aide Training Program Webinar – Wednesday, March 25, 2021 at 10 a.m.
3/5/21 Bed Tracking System for Skilled Nursing Facilities – Registration & Training Webinar March 16
3/5/21 CDC COCA Call: The Role of Telehealth in Expanding Access to Healthcare During the COVID-19 Pandemic
3/4/21 Important Reminder: Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19
3/4/21 COVID-19 vaccine assistance hotline now available!
3/3/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, March 5 at 7 a.m.
3/3/21 [Clarification] COVID-19 Vaccination: Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
3/2/21 COVID-19 Vaccination Program Updates: Pharmacy Partnership for LTCs
3/2/21 [Reminder] CDC COCA Call: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
3/1/21 Voting News for the April 6, 2021, Spring Election from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
3/1/21 Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – Nursing Home Response to COVID-19
2/26/21 DCTS: Reminder - Wisconsin Zero Suicide Training Call for Applications
2/25/21 CDC COCA Call: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
2/24/21 DQA Memo 21-02 / Notice and Requirements for Submitting Four-Year Renewal of Licensee Background Check Information
2/23/21 Important: Assisted Living COVID-19 Testing Guidance – Updated February 2021
2/18/21 COVID-19 Health Alert #28: Guidance for Reuse of N95 Respirators during the COVID-19 Pandemic
2/18/21 BCD: Two Recent CDC Infection Control Updates
2/16/21 Wisconsin Tuberculosis (TB) Program Website Redesign
2/15/21 Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – Nursing Home Response to COVID-19
2/12/21 COVID-19 Health Alert # 27: Wisconsin has adopted the updated CDC quarantine guidance for fully vaccinated people who are exposed to COVID-19
2/12/21 N95 Fit Testing Resources Available for Hospice Staff
2/11/21 FOCUS 2021: Call for Presenters
2/11/21 COVID-19 Health Alert # 26: Guidance for Evaluation and Management of Systemic Signs and Symptoms Associated with COVID-19 Vaccine
2/10/21 Voting News for February 16, 2021, Spring Primary Election from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
2/3/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, February 5, at 7 a.m.
2/2/21 DCTS: Call for Applications - Wisconsin Zero Suicide Training
2/1/21 2021 Caregiver Project Workshops
2/1/21 Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – Nursing Home Response to COVID-
1/27/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care Program Updates
1/26/21 Future COVID-19 Vaccine Eligible Groups
1/25/21 Recommendations for TB Testing with COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Personnel and Patients Entering Care Facilities
1/22/21 DHS COVID-19-Related Infection Prevention Resources
1/21/21 CDC COCA Call: Treating Long COVID: Clinician Experience with Post-Acute COVID-19 Care
1/21/21 Voting News from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
1/20/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, January 22, at 7 a.m.
1/19/21 Voting News for Care Facilities from the Wisconsin Elections Commission
1/19/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Data Webpage Updates
1/15/21 CMS Announces New Use of CMP Funds Available to Federally Certified Nursing Homes for In-Person Visitation Aids
1/15/21 Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – Nursing Home Response to COVID-1
1/14/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Program Updates-Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
1/13/21 DQA Memo 21-01 / CMS 1135 Waiver Provisions – Acute Hospital Care at Home Program
1/12/21 UPDATED: Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Special Assisted Living Forum to be held Thursday, January 14, at 12 p.m.
1/11/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Part B Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program
1/11/21 CMS Publishes Revised COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control Deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes
1/7/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Framework for Phase 1A Health Care Personnel
1/7/21 Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program Updates
1/6/21 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, January 8, at 7 a.m.
1/6/21 CMS Publishes Revised COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey Tool for Acute and Continuing Care
1/5/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Program-Federal Long Term Care Pharmacy Partnership Updates
1/4/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Webinars and Trainings
1/4/21 Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – Nursing Home Response to COVID-19
1/4/21 COVID-19 Health Alert # 25: Surveillance for New Genetic Variants of SARS-CoV-2: Information for Clinicians
12/29/20 Guidance for Post COVID-19 Vaccinations in Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
12/29/20 Updates: COVID-19 Vaccine Program
12/29/20 COVID-19 Vaccine Data now Available on DHS Website
12/23/20 RAI/MDS Educational Forum to be held Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 1 p.m.
12/23/20 OASIS Educational Forum to be held Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at 1:30 p.m.
12/22/20 Wisconsin to Support COVID-19 Testing to a Number of Community-Based Residential Facilities (CBRFs) and Licensed Adult Family Homes (AFHs) (3-4 beds)
12/22/20 N95 Fit Testing Resources for Nursing Home Staff
12/21/20 COVID-19 vaccine webinars for the weeks of Dec 21 and Dec 28 and program updates
12/21/20 Patient Liability Change
12/21/20 Nursing Home Guidance: Temporary Nurse Aide and Hospitality Aide Employment Opportunities for Family Members and Others
12/21/20 Reminder: No Nursing Home Provider Webinar on Thursday, December 24, 2020, OR on Thursday, December 31, 2020
12/20/20 COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna Product Updates
12/18/20 COVID-19 Health Alert # 24: Death certificates must be signed within 48 hours for deaths caused by COVID-19
12/17/20 COVID-19 Vaccine Updates-Additional doses and Clinical Guidance Updates
12/17/20 CDC COCA Call: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines
12/17/20 Voting News from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition
12/16/20 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, December 18, at 7 a.m.
12/16/20 60-Day Extension of Emergency Rule 2029 approved through March 7, 2021
12/16/20 COVID-19 vaccine Friday webinar for partners and stakeholders reminder
12/15/20 Important Message from CMS: SARS-CoV-2 Point of Care Testing and CLIA Certificate of Waiver Applications
12/14/20 Wisconsin Receiving First Shipment of Pfizer Vaccine This Week
12/14/20 Important COVID-19 Vaccine Updates, Resources, EUA fact sheets
12/14/20 Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – Nursing Home Response to COVID-19
12/11/20 COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Update and Priority Population Recommendations
12/10/20 CDC COCA Call: What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety
12/10/20 CDC COCA Call: Making Practical Decisions for Crisis Standards of Care at the Bedside During the COVID-19 Pandemic
12/10/20 COVID-19 Testing Supplies and Specimens: Holiday Schedule
12/7/20 COVID-19 vaccine weekly webinar reminders
12/7/20 N95 Fit Testing Needs for Nursing Home Staff
12/7/20 Reminder: No Nursing Home Provider Webinar on Thursday, December 10, 2020
12/4/20 COVID-19 Health Alert # 23: Options for Reducing the Duration of Quarantine for Individuals Exposed to COVID-19
12/3/20 Immunization Program: ACIP Phase 1A Recommendations for COVID-19 Vaccine
12/2/20 COVID-19 Webinar for Health Care Providers: Friday, December 4, at 7 a.m.
12/1/20 COVID-19 Testing - Facilities Served by MAKO Medical Laboratories
12/1/20 BCD: Lessons Learned from Infection Control and Response Visits (ICARs) with LTCFs: Topic 6
11/30/20 Immunization Program: COVID-19 Vaccine Partner and Stakeholder Updates
11/30/20 COVID-19 Health Alert # 22: Revised guidance for the use of rapid, point of care tests in supporting return to work for quarantined healthcare personnel
11/30/20 Thursday Long-Term Care Webinars – Nursing Home Response to COVID-19
11/24/20 CDC COCA Call: The Impact of Telehealth on Health Equity from the Perspective of Large Healthcare Systems during the COVID-19 Pandemic
11/23/20 Job Openings Register with Job Center of Wisconsin
11/23/20 Immunization Program: COVID-19 Vaccine Weekly Webinar 11/24/2020
11/23/20 Reminder: No Nursing Home Provider Webinar on Thursday, November 26, 2020
11/20/20 Opt in to New DHS Payment Program for Nursing Homes

Assisted Living
Forum

The Assisted Living Forum is a bimonthly meeting sponsored by DQA, Bureau of Assisted Living. The Forum brings regulators, providers, provider associations, advocates, public funding agencies, and other key stakeholders together to discuss emerging issues related to assisted living. Individuals signed up for this listserv will receive agendas and important handouts.

Date Subject
11/16/21 DQA Webinar - COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Rule - Tuesday, November 23, 2021
11/16/21 DQA Webinar - COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Rule - Tuesday, November 23, 2021
11/9/21 COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination
11/4/21 FDA Investigating Certain Imported Medical Gloves
10/27/21 DHS Partners with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin to Help Assisted Living Facilities Receive Booster Shots of the COVID-19 Vaccine
10/21/21 REMINDER: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - FOCUS 2021: A Virtual Experience
10/1/21 Wisconsin DHS Agency Staffing Resource Assistance
10/1/21 COVID-19 Updated Testing Guidance
9/30/21 DHS is Supporting COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Booster Doses for Residents and Staff in Assisted Living Facilities
9/28/21 REMINDER: September 28, 2021, Assisted Living Forum - Regulatory Response to COVID-19
9/24/21 September 29, 2021, Assisted Living – Initial Licensing Live Webinar
9/23/21 Webinar: Evaluation for Tuberculosis (TB) Disease and TB Case Management on September 28
9/21/21 September 28, 2021, Assisted Living Forum - Regulatory Response to COVID-19
9/21/21 Wisconsin Long-Term Care Education Series: September 23; OSHA COVID-19 Health Care Emergency Temporary Standard
9/16/21 COVID-19 Testing Tips
9/16/21 BCD: CDC Updates Infection Prevention and Control Guidance
9/13/21 DHS Rapid Assistance and Support Team (RAST) for COVID-19 Outbreak
9/2/21 Updated Guidance on Co-Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine and Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) Blood Test
8/18/21 IMPORTANT: New Information About the Delta Variant
8/18/21 August 24, 2021, Bureau of Assisted Living Forum - Delta Variant and Wisconsin’s efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination for Assisting Living Providers
8/10/21 Link for Webinar: Tuberculosis (TB) 101 on August 24
8/6/21 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Warns Consumers to Stop Use of Three Models of Adult Portable Bed Rails Manufactured by Bed Handles, Inc., Due to Entrapment, Asphyxia Hazard
8/4/21 Seeking ALF Staff Input on Infection Prevention Education Needs
8/3/21 Fit Testing and Respirator Survey
8/2/21 Starting a Child Care Program in a Long-Term Care Residential Facility
7/20/21 Wisconsin Long-Term Care Education Series: July 22, Novel Multidrug-Resistant Organisms
7/9/21 SAVE THE DATES - FOCUS 2021 Conference – Live! Wednesday, November 17, and Thursday, November 18, 2021
6/30/21 DHS Medical Stockpile Access Policy and Request Form
6/24/21 Wisconsin Provides Recommendations for Routine Testing
6/23/21 Special Assisted Living Forum – Safer Visits in Assisted Living Facilities, Tuesday, June 29, 2021
6/22/21 Wisconsin Long-Term Care Education Series: June 24, Hand Hygiene
6/18/21 New COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Resource Available
6/16/21 Request to Complete One-Time Survey for PPE, Fit Testing, and Educational Resources
5/27/21 Action Requested by June 1, 2021: Final Reminder to Complete the Medicaid Health Information Technology (IT) Survey
5/26/21 IMPORTANT: Ordering COVID-19 Test Supplies - DHS continues to make COVID-19 testing services available to Assisted Living Facilities who wish to regularly test staff or respond to an outbreak
5/19/21 Action Requested by June 1, 2021: Reminder to Complete the Medicaid Health Information Technology (IT) Survey
5/17/21 Wisconsin LTC Education Series: May 27, GI Illness and Outbreaks
5/11/21 Action Requested by June 1, 2021: Medicaid Health Information Technology (IT) Survey
4/30/21 2021 Caregiver Project Workshops
4/29/21 Wisconsin Long-term Care (LTC) Education Series
4/26/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Quality Assurance/Improvement Survey - Last opportunity to participate!
4/21/21 Updated April 19, 2021: Guidance for Providing On-Site Hair Salon and Barber Services in Long -Term Care Settings
4/21/21 Reminder: May 3, 2021, Deadline for Four-Year Renewal of Licensee/Operator Background Checks
4/15/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Quality Assurance/Improvement Survey – Don’t miss out, share your thoughts with us!
4/12/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Assisted Living Forum Tuesday, April 20, 2021
4/6/21 2021 Caregiver Project Workshops
4/5/21 DQA Memo 21-03 / Community-Based Residential Facilities & Crisis Stabilization
4/2/21 Attn: Assisted Living Providers
3/31/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Quality Assurance/Improvement Survey – We want to hear from you!
3/30/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Assisted Living Forum - Tuesday, April 6, 2021
3/15/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Assisted Living Forum Tuesday, March 23, 2021
3/12/21 Voting News for Care Facilities from the Wisconsin Elections Commission
3/2/21 2021 Caregiver Project Workshops
3/1/21 Important Reminder: Safer Visits in Assisted Living Facilities
3/1/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Assisted Living Forum - Tuesday, March 9, 2021
2/24/21 DQA Memo 21-02 / Notice and Requirements for Submitting Four-Year Renewal of Licensee Background Check Information
2/23/21 Important: Assisted Living COVID-19 Testing Guidance – Updated February 2021
2/11/21 FOCUS 2021: Call for Presenters
2/8/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Assisted Living Forum Tuesday, February 16, 2021
2/2/21 REMINDER: Reporting Requirements for All COVID-19 Antigen Tests in Assisted Living Facilities
2/1/21 2021 Caregiver Project Workshops
1/29/21 Determining Adult Family Home Ambulatory Status
1/28/21 E-SOD and E-Renewal Updates for DQA Regulated Assisted Living Providers
1/27/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care Program Updates
1/25/21 How to Request COVID-19 BinaxNOW Point of Care Antigen Tests and Molecular
1/25/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Assisted Living Forum Tuesday, February 2, 2021
1/22/21 N95 Fit Testing Resources Available for Assisted Living Staff
1/19/21 Voting News for Care Facilities from the Wisconsin Elections Commission
1/15/21 N95 Fit Testing Resources for Assisted Living Staff
1/14/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Program Updates-Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
1/14/21 Bureau of Assisted Living Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Assisted Living Forum Tuesday, January 19, 2021
1/14/21 SESSION FULL: Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Special Assisted Living Forum today
1/12/21 UPDATED: Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Special Assisted Living Forum to be held Thursday, January 14 at 12 p.m.
1/12/21 Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Special Assisted Living Forum to be held Thursday, January 14th at 12:00 PM
1/11/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Part B Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program
1/8/21 Request for CBRFs and Licensed 3-4 bed AFHs to Complete Survey of Intent to Participate in Expanded Testing
1/7/21 Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program Updates
1/5/21 COVID-19 Vaccine Program-Federal Long Term Care Pharmacy Partnership Updates
12/29/20 Guidance for Post COVID-19 Vaccinations in Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
12/22/20 Wisconsin to Support COVID-19 Testing to a Number of Community-Based Residential Facilities (CBRFs) and Licensed Adult Family Homes (AFHs) (3-4 beds)
12/17/20 Bureau of Assisted Living Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Assisted Living Forum Tuesday, December 22, 2020
12/15/20 DHS Activating Federal Long-term Care Pharmacy Partnership Program
12/15/20 Important Message from CMS: SARS-CoV-2 Point of Care Testing and CLIA Certificate of Waiver Applications
12/10/20 COVID-19 Testing Supplies and Specimens: Holiday Schedule
12/3/20 Bureau of Assisted Living Regulatory Response to COVID-19 – Assisted Living Forum Tuesday, December 8, 2020
11/24/20 Safer Visits in Assisted Living Facilities – Updated November 19, 2020
11/23/20 Job Openings Register with Job Center of Wisconsin
11/20/20 COVID-19 Testing Supplies and Specimens—Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Nurse Aide Training
and Testing

Notifications provide updates and information regarding DQA Nurse Aide Training programs.

Date Subject
11/16/21 DQA Webinar - COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Rule - Tuesday, November 23, 2021
8/18/21 Starting a Nurse Aide Emergency Training Program (ETP) in Your Facility or Agency
8/12/21 Canceled: Annual Wisconsin Nurse Aide Training and Testing Forum – September 9, 2021
6/8/21 Save the Date for the Annual Wisconsin Nurse Aide Training and Testing Forum – September 9, 2021
5/5/21 Final Reminder: May 6, 2021 - Deadline for waiver requests allowing Nurse Aide Emergency Training Programs (ETPs) and temporary nurse aides to continue working uninterrupted throughout the duration of the Federal 1135 waiver
4/30/21 Important Reminder: May 6, 2021 - Deadline for waiver requests allowing Nurse Aide Emergency Training Programs (ETPs) and temporary nurse aides to continue working uninterrupted throughout the duration of the Federal 1135 waiver
3/9/21 Correction: 60-Day Extension of Emergency Rule 2029 approved through May 6, 2021 and Save the Date - Nurse Aide Training Program Webinar – Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10 a.m.
3/5/21 60-Day Extension of Emergency Rule 2029 approved through May 6, 2021 and Save the Date - Nurse Aide Training Program Webinar – Wednesday, March 25, 2021 at 10 a.m.
12/16/20 60-Day Extension of Emergency Rule 2029 approved through March 7, 2021
12/1/20 COVID-19 Testing - Facilities Served by MAKO Medical Laboratories
11/23/20 Job Openings Register with Job Center of Wisconsin

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Last Revised: November 22, 2021