Executive Director: Weekly COVID-19 Update August 21, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

Week two is almost over and with that comes the close of our visiting for August.  The process, overall worked well on our end and we have received nothing but positive feedback.  Thank all of you who have been so patient and cooperative.  I will continue to keep you updated on any concerns we have as a result of the visits. None of our residents who had visitors have exhibited signs or symptoms of COVID-19, a great thing!

It is anticipated that if we continue to have no new documented cases of COVID-19, we will be scheduling our next visit weeks for September 21 and 28.  More to come on that topic. 

Off the topic of COVID-19 for a moment, Wesley Enhanced Living is working with a company called HealthShare Exchange.  HealthShare Exchange allows the WEL skilled communities to share information with hospitals and physician offices who also participate in HealthCare Exchange.  The information will be shared electronically, which means that at the WEL community our physicians can look up lab results x-ray results, etc. immediately versus waiting to have the reports mailed to us.  It makes care and services quicker and streamlined.  In order for us to participate in this program, we must get written permission from the health center residents (or their medical power of attorney) to share the protected medical information (PHI) with the hospitals and physicians.  Attached, we are sending you a copy of the permission form for your review.  Our social workers will be speaking with residents, who are capable of and can sign the permission form.  We are requesting that each of you who have a resident in the health center will print, sign and return the permission form to us no later than Friday, September 11.  If you have any questions, please let us know immediately.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns.  You can send me an email directly at the address herein.  

HealthShare Exchange

Notice of Patient Privacy Language

Wesley Enhanced Living participates with one or more secure health information organization networks (each, an “HIO”), including an HIO called “HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc., (“HSX”), which makes it possible for Wesley Enhanced Living to share your Health Information electronically through a secure connected network. 

Wesley Enhanced Living may share or disclose your Health Information to HSX and other secure HIOs, including HIOs contracted with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and even HIOs in other states. 

Other health care providers, including physicians, hospitals and other health care facilities, that are also connected to the same HIO network as Wesley Enhanced Living can access your Health Information for treatment, payment and other authorized purposes, to the extent permitted by law. 

You have the right to “opt-out” or decline to participate in having Wesley Enhanced Living share your Health Information through networked HIOs.   

If you choose to opt-out of data-sharing through HIOs, Wesley Enhanced Living will no longer share your Health Information through an HIO network, however it will not prevent how your information otherwise is typically accessed and released to authorized individuals in accordance with the law, including being transmitted through other secure mechanisms (i.e., by fax or an equivalent technology).

NPP Acknowledgment & Approval of Privacy Practices

Version Adopted: August 1, 2020

Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice and Acceptance of Privacy Practices

Printed Patient Name: ______________________

Patient Birth Date: _______________________

I hereby acknowledge that I have received the corresponding HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices. I also further approve and accept the uses and disclosures of my Protected Health Information as described in the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.

__________________________________________________          _________________

Signature of Patient (or legal representative)                          Date


                          Print Name

Relationship to Patient (check one):

__ Self

__ Parent

__Next of Kin


__Medical Power of Attorney 

__ Court-Appointed Guardian

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