Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
Pandemic vs. Epidemic
A pandemic is a disease epidemic that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents, or worldwide. A widespread endemic disease with a stable number of infected people is not a pandemic.
An epidemic is the rapid spread of disease to a large number of people in a given population within a short period of time.
What Makes COVID-19 a Pandemic?
A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries.
How it Spreads
Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
At Home Your Way's Plan of Action During COVID-19
We are actively in communications with State Officials to obtain answers to questions and processes. We want to make sure that all information is current and accurate. As processes and questions are confirmed with DMAS, we will advise the members and families we serve and our community. We are collecting all questions and advocating on our community’s behalf. Please stay tuned for more confirmed and accurate information and directives.
We are trying to keep all information as accurate as possible. Please bear with us as we navigate these uncharted waters through this unprecedented time. At Home Your Way works as a company unit, not independent SFs. Our SFs cannot give any more insight than what they know.
For Our Clients
Starting Monday, March 16th and until further notice, if you have scheduled visits with your At Home Your Way Service Facilitator, these visits will be done virtually as opposed to in your homes. The health and well-being of our clients and their families, our team members, and our communities are our number one priority.
As a reminder, if you are admitted into a hospital for any reason, please let your Service Facilitator know as soon as possible. This allows us to ensure a smooth transition back into community-based services and restart your hours, which will typically end as a result of any hospital admission.
As always, we appreciate the ability to serve you and your families with Advocacy, Compassion, and Excellence. We look forward to our continued partnership with you.
Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities (Guidance from State, DMAS, DBHDS, MCOs)
- DSS is extending all Medicaid annual renewals by 90 days.
- Authorizations that were set to end from March 12 to May 31 will be auto-extended.
- There will be no unusual accommodations for the current emergency for clients who are in need of more PCA hours. Anyone in need of an increase will need to follow the already established process to request this.
- The requirement to use at least one waiver service every 30 days to keep their services has been relaxed.
Appendix K: Instructions & Technical Guidance, Emergency Prep & Response
- EPSDT is not covered under Appendix K exceptions. Parents and/or spouses cannot serve as paid personal care attendants for those utilizing the EPSDT program personal care benefits. Appendix K ONLY applies to the personal care services offered through the DD waivers (CL & FIS) and the CCC+ Waiver. Please contact your Service Facilitator immediately if you are an EPSDT client to make sure that your case is compliant.
Your Service Facilitator will reach out to you and give you instructions on how the visit will be conducted. Visits will not be recorded and will maintain HIPAA compliance.
There are a multitude of platforms available to conduct visits virtually. Please see below for a list of options. For instructions on how to use each of these platforms, please click the embedded link.
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update – 6/29/20
- Educational sites for children
- Examples of Attendants during COVID-19
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update – 5/26/20
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update 2 – 5/15/20
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update 1 – 5/15/20
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update – 5/1/20
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update – 4/22/20
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update – 4/21/20
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update – 4/1/20
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update – 3/25/20
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update – 3/18/20
- Moms Newsletter: COVID-19 Update – 3/12/20