State and Federal entities are taking steps to address the COVID-19 Crisis. Long Term Care Facilities offer some of the most difficult challenges with respect to managing the infected population and controlling the spread.
In an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced policy changes designed to give nursing homes flexibility with respect to bed assignments and resident placement. These tools include the ability to reassign beds without the usual red-tape delays, and to create distinct areas of the facility to house COVID-19 infected patients.
These changes have immediate effect. They will continue until the end of April or the end of the month following the end of the Governor’s COVID State of Emergency Order, whichever comes first.
On a related note, the $2.5 Trillion stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Trump includes continued funding for the Money Follows the Person programs through November 30, 2020.
MFP funds, in Michigan and elsewhere, facilitate transitioning individuals from institutional settings to less restrictive options.