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The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have developed the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP). This program is designed to directly support COVID-19 readiness and response in long-term residential care facilities, including long-term care nursing facilities, personal care homes, and assisted living residences. The program can also provide assistance to other DHS-licensed facilities, Adult Living Centers and State Veterans Homes. Additionally, the program was developed to improve infection prevention and facilitate continuity of care and other services provided by long-term care facilities in a manner that mitigates risk of spread of COVID-19 to staff and residents. This will be accomplished by leveraging existing resources, increasing collaboration with state and local entities, and coordinating efforts to support long-term care facilities.
The RRHCP is a collaboration between DHS and nine regional health collaboratives consisting of health care systems and academic medical centers. The RRHCP is divided into six regions, with a health collaborative responsible for all or a portion of the long-term care facility census in each region as follows:
The RRHCP will provide operational and administrative support to protect residents in long-term care facilities from COVID-19. It will help facilities implement best practices in infection control, implement contact tracing programs in facilities, support clinical care through on-site and telemedicine services, provide remote monitoring and consultation with physicians, and enhance testing capability for both individuals in care and staff at facilities.
The RRHCP will assist in identifying alternate care arrangements for hospitalized COVID-19 patients until they are considered no longer infectious and can return to their long-term care residential facilities.
Services and assistance offered by the RRHCP include, but are not limited to:
The RRHCP is based on the Educational Support and Clinical Coaching Program (ESCCP), a learning network that provided technical assistance and educational support to long-term care facilities in light of the current pandemic.
DHS and DOH has scheduled an introductory webinar for long-term care nursing facilities, personal care homes, and assisted living residences this upcoming Friday, July 24, 2020 (more information below):
Title: Support for Long-Term Care Nursing Homes, Personal Care and Assisting Living Facilities
Date: Friday, July 24th
Time: 9:00-10:00am EST
Login: Webex Link
Event Number and Access Code: 145 274 9024
Description: Departments of Human Services and Health (DHS and DOH) will provide an overview on the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP) available for long-term care providers statewide. This new resource will provide nursing homes, personal care and assisted living facilities with direct access to local support by health systems. The health systems who are part of the RRHCP will have regional call centers with 24/7 access for providers to have direct access to clinical consultation and technical assistance, assistance with universal testing, access to expertise in infection control, and the ability to deploy rapid response teams in case of emergency in conjunction with DOH, DHS and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Please join us in learning more about the RRHCPs.