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CORONAVIRUS

Dear Licensees:

Please see the attached Public Order from Secretary Neall regarding priority for COVID-19 testing and other healthcare matters.  This Order amends and supersedes the Secretary's previous Orders issued on March 20, March 23, and April 5.
 
05.06.2020 - MDH Sec Order - Amended Various Healthcare Matters.

 

4/30/2020 UPDATED Sec. Neall's Amended Directive and Order Re: Nursing Homes

 

4/30/2020 UPDATED Governor's Order Regarding Nursing Homes


 

COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESERVE LNHA LIST

  

UPDATE-Medicaid Provider Services 

Dear Licensees,

The Medicaid Provider Services Administration is publishing updates regarding provider enrollment flexibilities being implemented in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.  Please visit: mmcp.health.maryland.gov to remain informed of all pertinent updates.  Thank you.
 

3/23/2020 Public Order from Sec. Neall

Board Office Update March 23, 2020 - COVID-19
 
In response to State protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board Office is currently operating on a further-reduced service schedule.  The majority of all Board staff are teleworking and completing all possible work that is able to be done remotely from home.  Public

Please make note of the following:

1. Until further notice the office at 4201 Patterson Avenue is closed to visitors and only staff members will be allowed in the building.  All Board-related meetings and sub-committee meetings will take place via conference call until further notice.

2.  In lieu of phone calls to the Board Office, we strongly encourage general e-mails be sent to mdh.benha@maryland.gov and licensee inquiries be sent to andrea.hill@maryland.gov Until further notice, our Licensing Coordinator will be in the office on a very limited basis, to process paperwork that can not be completed remotely.  We ask for your patience during this process, as the turnaround time for processing new license and AIT applications, new license packages, and issuing hard copy renewal licenses will take longer than usual.  

3.  We strongly encourage all licensees to obtain all 40 CEU's through online courses, use online renewals and pay via credit card versus mailing in a check or money order.

4.  Immediately after the office processes all online renewals, the license will show online as active with the new expiration date.  So these licenses will be valid and up to date prior to our sending out the hard copy renewal licenses, which could be significantly delayed.

We will continue to keep you updated as we get more information.  We appreciate your patience during this rapidly-changing situation.  Thank you, and please be safe.

COVID-19 Healthcare Matters Executive Order

Please see attached (click the title) Executive Order on Health Care Matters that was recently issued by Governor Hogan.  This order relaxes Maryland's licensure requirements for healthcare practitioners relative to out of state licensees, inactive licenses, and those practitioners who need to perform acts outside of the normal scope of their license.
  

Oversight Order from Secretary Neall

 
Board Office Update - COVID-19
 
In response to State protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic, effective March 16, 2020 the Board Office is currently operating on a reduced service schedule.  The majority of all Board staff are teleworking and completing all possible work that is able to be done remotely from home.  

Please make note of the following:

1. Until further notice the office at 4201 Patterson Avenue is closed to visitors and only staff members will be allowed in the building.  All Board-related meetings and sub-committee meetings will take place via conference call until further notice.

2.  Until further notice, our Licensing Coordinator will be in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to process paperwork that can not be completed remotely.  We ask for your patience during this process, as the turnaround time for processing new license and AIT applications, new license packages, and issuing hard copy renewal licenses will take longer than usual.  

3.  We strongly encourage all licensees to obtain all 40 CEU's through online courses, use online renewals and pay via credit card versus mailing in a check or money order.

4.  Immediately after the office processes all online renewals, the license will show online as active with the new expiration date.  So these licenses will be valid and up to date prior to our sending out the hard copy renewal licenses, which could be significantly delayed.

We will continue to keep you updated as we get more information.  We appreciate your patience during this rapidly-changing situation.  Thank you, and please be safe.
 
 
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board Office will be implementing a series of modifications and will be functioning in a limited service capacity.  Effective March 13, 2020, the Board will be temporarily suspending the use of paper complaint forms and will not be accepting hard copy complaints.  All complaints should be e-mailed to the Board's email: 
 
We appreciate your patience during this rapidly-changing situation.
 
To address concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Maryland Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators offers the following information: 

The Maryland Department of Health has posted the following guidelines:

The CDC recommends:
  • While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
    • It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
    • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for people who recently traveled from China and have a fever and respiratory symptoms.
    • If you are a healthcare provider caring for a COVID-19 patient or a public health responder, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
    • If you have been in China or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
    • For people who are ill with COVID-19, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.

 


Notice of Board Vacancies

 The Board is accepting applications for the following 4 Board seats:

1. Licensed Nursing Home Administrator - Eden Alternative Green House

2. Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

3. Related Health Care Professional - practicing actively in a profession that is concerned with the care of chronically ill, infirm or aged individuals

4. Related Health Care Professional - practicing actively in a profession that is concerned with the care of chronically ill, infirm or aged individuals

 

Application deadline is March 20, 2020.  To apply, please go to https://govappointments.maryland.gov/instructions-for-filling-out-the-general-application-form/

 

2020 Board Meeting Dates

Wed - February 12, 2020
Wed - March 11, 2020
Wed - May 20, 2020
Wed - June 17, 2020
Wed - September 9, 2020
Wed - October 14, 2020
Wed - November 18, 2020
Wed - December 9, 2020 
 
 

      All Board meetings begin at 9:30 unless otherwise noted. 
 
Our inclement weather policy is as follows:
                                                                               
If Baltimore City Public Schools open late or are closed due to inclement weather, the meeting is cancelled.
 
Please check the following websites for Baltimore City Public Schools delay or closing information:

Announcements

Effective 10/1/2019: HB 592 Health Care Facilities - Comprehensive and Extended Care Facilities- Discharges and Transfers

 

Provisional Licenses for 

Non-licensed Persons

House Bill 145, Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators—Non-licensed Persons–Provisional Licensure, was passed by the House on February 24, 2017 and was passed by the Senate on March 29, 2017.  It was signed into law by Governor Hogan on April 11, 2017 and will officially become effective as State Law on October 1, 2017.  You may access all details on this legislation at the following link: Non-licensed Persons – Provisional License

Criminal History Records Checks - Required

 
Per § 9-302.1 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, you must undergo a criminal history records check in order to be granted a Nursing Home Administrator License by the Board, and this is inclusive of Provisional Licenses.  Current licensees who have not yet had a criminal history records check done, must undergo this required screening one time (as a part of their renewal process). 
 
If an applicant is currently licensed by another State of Maryland Health Occupations board and has previously undergone a criminal history records check with that board, he/she is responsible for providing this Board with a verifiable copy of this criminal history records check.  Until the Board Office receives notification of your criminal history records check, you will not be able to receive your license.  
Administrator-in-training and Endorsement applicants, please have your criminal history records check completed by the application deadline that corresponds to your intended Credentials Committee Meeting date.

 

When you are preparing to have your criminal background check processed, please e-mail our Licensing Coordinator, Andrea Hill, at andrea.hill@maryland.gov or Executive Director, Ronda B. Washington,at ronda.washington@maryland.gov to request the Board's authorization number and its "Originating Agency Identifier" number ("ORI" number).  You will need these two numbers to proceed with your background check being processed.  The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services website (which contains a detailed list of various processing locations throughout the state) is as follows: http://dpscs.maryland.gov/publicservs/fingerprint.shtml

For your convenience, the Criminal History Livescan Pre-Registration Application will be available on the Board's website at the “Forms” section under Quick Links for you to print out to take with you for processing.

Board Office

Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators
Metro Executive Building
4201 Patterson Avenue, Room 305
Baltimore, MD 21215

Phone: (410) 764-4750
Toll-Free: 1-877-463-3464
Fax: (410) 358-9187
Email: mdh.benha@maryland.gov