COVID-19 Helpful Links


Tell Congress to Waive Restrictions on the Use of Telehealth: Support the CONNECT for Health Act (H.R. 4923/S. 2741)

Email your members of Congress urging them to include the CONNECT for Health Act in any future COVID-19 legislation.






NASL 31st Annual Meeting
October 4-7, 2020
Austin, Texas


Click the calendar for upcoming NASL Committee and Workgroup calls.








President Trump on Friday signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).   A section-by-section summary is available to NASL members.  (3/30/20)


CMS notified health information technology vendors that it intends to delay implementing MDS 3.0 v. 1.18.1, which would remove Section G items from the OBRA assessments. CMS cites feedback from stakeholders in explaining the delay. MDS 3.0 v1.18.1 Implementation had been scheduled for October 1, 2020. (3/19/20)

CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers in the wake of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  CMS has released a Virtual Toolkit to help you stay up-to-date on CMS materials available on COVID-19.  (3/17/20)

Late Friday night CMS released revised nursing home guidance announced yesterday by the President and CMS Administrator Seema Verma.  The guidance memo says facilities should restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation.  The guidance does now contain an exception to restrictions for health care workers.  This exception is:


Health care workers: Facilities should follow CDC guidelines for restricting access to health care workers found at This also applies to other health care workers, such as hospice workers, EMS personnel, or dialysis technicians, that provide care to residents. They should be permitted to come into the facility as long as they meet the CDC guidelines for health care workers. Facilities should contact their local health department for questions, and frequently review the CDC website dedicated to COVID-19 for health care professionals (  (3/17/20)

HHS today released the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's (ONC's) Cures Act Final Rule that implements interoperability provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act and promotes patients' access to their health record.  ONC has a website dedicated to the final rule with overview information and detailed fact sheets.  This website will be updated on a regular basis with additional resources.  NASL is currently reviewing the final rule and will have its summary to members shortly.  (3/9/20)

COVID-19 Guidance:  The CDC has a page dedicated to long term care facilities.  We understand the information is being updated daily, so check their website regularly:


The Society for Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine (AMDA) has posted their guidance here


The American Health Care Association has sent out at least two communications to their members and has an information page found here:  

NASL has established a webpage of information on the Coronavirus COVID-19 for NASL members here: