Assisted Living & Personal Care

  • Reminder: Form submission required to receive ARPA funding

    December 2, 2022

    OLTL has begun processing payments for Act 54 ARPA funds to personal care homes and assisted living residences. Due to the manual processing method required, it is expected to take 4-6 weeks for a provider to receive their check once processed. OLTL will continue to process payments in the order in which they receive the Act 54 Facility Acceptance Form. Providers are urged to submit this form as soon as possible because OLTL cannot release payment until they receive this form. The Department will be reaching out to providers (either for corrections on the form or to notify if a form has not been received) and is encouraging providers to respond quickly to their calls in order to help get the payments out as efficiently as possible. Read more about the Act 54 payments here.
  • DOH offers Infection prevention resources through ICAR Initiative

    November 24, 2022

    The Department of Health (DOH) is accepting applications for PCHs to participate in the ICAR Initiative, a CARES funded project providing onsite assessments and infection prevention and control (IPC) resources in long-term care facilities (excluding those in Philadelphia county). The program is only open to PCHs at this time. Providers that participate in the initiative will receive a personalized visit report and a comprehensive list of educational and training resources. For more information, review this flyer or register here. Questions may be submitted to icar@apic.org.
  • DHS update on PCH increased SSI payments

    November 24, 2022

    The PCH Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments with the increased Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) are expected to be added to payments beginning in January. A separate payment retroactively covering the increase for July through December 2022 will be sent a few days after that. Both payments are expected to go out in the first week of January. We are still waiting for confirmation of what the final net SSI amount will be. o If a resident has moved from one facility to another after the timeframe since increased payments went into effect (July 1), DHS is encouraging the receiving facility to return the increased payment once received to the transferring facility where the resident resided during that 6-month period. In cases where the resident receives the payment directly (rather than the facility under a Representative Payee arrangement), providers are encouraged to do a contract addendum now issuing 30-day notice (before January). The addendum should clarify that when the additional SSI payment comes in; the resident is obligated to give those funds to the provider.
  • DHS announces webinar on developing quality plans of correction

    November 24, 2022

    The Department of Human Services (DHS) will host a webinar on developing effective plans of correction (POC) on Monday, Dec. 12 from 1-3 p.m. During this webinar, DHS will review timelines for licensing activities, the Bureau of Human Services Licensing (BHSL) licensing procedures, the necessary elements for developing a quality POC, the basis of root-cause analysis, and the resources and assistance that are always at your disposal. This training is approved for Personal Care Homes (PCH) and Assisted Living Residence (ALR) annual training hours. Click here to register.
  • Reminder: form submission required to receive ARPA funding

    November 24, 2022

    OLTL has begun processing payments for Act 54 ARPA funds to PCH and ALR. Due to the manual processing method required, it is expected to take 4-6 weeks for a provider to receive their check once processed. OLTL will continue to process payments in the order in which they receive the Act 54 Facility Acceptance Form. Providers are urged to submit this form as soon as possible because OLTL cannot release payment until they receive this form. The Department will be reaching out to providers (either for corrections on the form or to notify if a form has not been received) and is encouraging providers to respond quickly to their calls in order to help get the payments out as efficiently as possible. Read more about the Act 54 payments here.