Judicial Council of California adopts emergency rule for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis While state, county, and municipal authorities in California have sensibly acted to limit evictions during the current shelter-in-place order, these measures have provided little protection for residents of skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and residential care facilities for the elderly (“RCFEs”)—until now. In a meeting on April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council of California adopted an emergency rule effectively stopping all evictions, other than those necessary to protect public health and safety, for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6826551/20-141-Emergency-Rules-Complete-Rule-Set-as.pdf The emergency rule prohibits a California court from issuing a summons in an eviction case— also called an “unlawful detainer” proceeding— unless the eviction is necessary to protect public health and safety.
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Plaintiffs Demand that California Adhere to Federal Law FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2020 San Francisco, CA – In a motion filed last Friday, residents in several California nursing homes have petitioned U.S. District Court Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. to enjoin the State from ongoing violations of federal anti-dumping regulations. As a result of the State’s inaction, the suit alleges that vulnerable nursing home residents have been improperly dumped into hospitals, putting them at risk of COVID-19 and wasting precious resources for sick patients.
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State Orders Nursing Homes to Admit COVID-19 patients FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2020 After weeks of warning Californians about the deadly threat the coronavirus poses to nursing home residents, the State of California has now ordered California nursing home operators to bring the virus into their facilities, knowing full well it is likely to kill many residents.
Please note that these files have been updated on March 31st, reflecting the current California Department of Health’s policy to force nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients. It is no longer just a plan. Thank you for your interest in our message asking you to contact Governor Newsom and ask him to protect Long Term Care residents.
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CANHR Attorneys Tony Chicotel and Mike Dark discuss the rapidly changing landscape of facility care and visitation in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) amid the Covid-19 crisis.
CANHR Attorneys Tony Chicotel and Mike Dark discuss the rapidly changing landscape of facility care and visitation in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) amid the COVID-19 crisis.
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By Lou Michel The Buffalo News April 7, 2020 As of Sunday, nursing home residents represent 15% of the state’s Covid-19 fatalities. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo) More than 700 of New York State’s estimated 100,000 nursing home residents have died from Covid-19, but the state refuses to identify the nursing homes that housed more than 3,000 residents who tested positive for the highly contagious virus.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delivered near $34 billion in the past week to the healthcare providers on the frontlines battling the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The funds have been provided through the expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to ensure providers and suppliers have the resources needed to combat the pandemic.
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Courtesy of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care On April 2, CMS and CDC issued a new set of recommendations after learning from on-site surveys that more needs to be done to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Major highlights of this guidance are presented below. Advocates are urged to read the full guidance. Nursing homes should ensure they are complying with all CMS and CDC guidance about infection control, with a particular focus on hand hygiene.State and local leaders should work together to help address nursing home needs for PPE and tests.Facilities should screen every single person entering the facility (with the exception of EMS personnel responding to an emergency).Access points should be limited and have screening stations.PPE should be used to a greater extent.All staff must wear facemasks.Staff must wear full PPE:To care for a resident with COVID-19.To care for all residents when there is COVID-19 transmission in the facility.Residents should wear facemasks:If and when they leave the room regularly for care (e.g.