ONWARD Takes On A New Meaning
THE VBP Blog
Our blog has focused on the quality of services and how you can leverage measuring performance to continuously improve satisfaction, support our consumers, and keep you ahead of the game. Today, the challenges you face are monumental, so we will focus on supporting you and live by our mantra, ONWARD!
With hourly updates on the COVID-19 situation, having resources you can rely on is paramount. We want to make sure that you have resources for not only your consumers, but your staff and your business to ensure you make informed decisions. With that in mind, we have compiled both news articles and resources for you to reference. Here are a few of the most recent articles:
- Emergency Medicaid Waiver – passed in Florida. Pennsylvania, New York and Washington State with more states to follow. The section 1135 waivers allow HHS to set aside admin requirements to increase medical services during a national emergency.
- How Nursing Facilities may be affected – here are some interesting points that you may want to consider
- How Facetime and Zoom are allowing people to see their loved ones in nursing facilities – with the restriction on visitors, this has been a fun and unique way they have felt connected. There’s a ton of these articles, but this one from NPR is extra special.
- Medicaid Disaster Response Tool Kit will provide states with information to how to apply for waivers
- CDC Tools for Health Care Professionals and Health Care Facilities have a ton of tools on how to respond to the fluid situation for your team and your facility
- Pennsylvania created an online guide for businesses, families, schools, and individuals.
- New Jersey posts updates here. Including the new businesses mandated to close to reduce group gatherings
- New York has a space online that you can send questions. They also have specific links for adult care/assisted living here, home care, and nursing homes. The website also has helpful tools for workers within each area.
During the past couple of weeks, we have felt the sand shift beneath our feet. This feeling of uncertainty has left many feeling anxious and uncertain. We do want to put on rose-colored glasses, however, there has also been an incredible number of positives that have come from the situation currently, and that is where we have decided to focus our attention.
- In Venice, the canals are clear enough to see fish!
- Louis Vuitton is using their manufacturing capacity to create hand sanitizer.
- Emissions drop over China, Italy
- Italians sing together from their windows to keep spirits up
- Zoos and Aquariums are doing digital tours so you can still see animals from home
While we may not be able to predict the future, we can do our best to come together as a community and help those around us to ensure the safety and health of our consumers, staff, and families alike. Now more than ever we want you to know we are in your corner, advocating to ensure every last individual is thought of and taken care of.
Fady Sahhar and Mandy Sahhar
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About the Author
Fady Sahhar brings over 30 years of senior management experience working with major multinational companies including Sara Lee, Mobil Oil, Tenneco Packaging, Pactiv, Progressive Insurance, Transitions Optical, PPG Industries and Essilor (France).
His corporate responsibilities included new product development, strategic planning, marketing management, and global sales. He has developed a number of global communications networks, launched products in over 45 countries, and managed a number of branded patented products.
About the Co-Author
Mandy Sahhar provides experience in digital marketing, event management, and business development. Her background has allowed her to get in on the ground floor of marketing efforts including website design, content marketing, and trade show planning. Through her modern approach, she focuses on bringing businesses into the new digital age of marketing through unique approaches and focused content creation. With a passion for communications, she can bring a fresh perspective to an ever-changing industry. Mandy has an MBA with a marketing concentration from Canisius College.