Visitor Limitations Guidance

AFL 20-38 From the California Department of Public Health April 10, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Visitor Limitations Guidance All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of new visitor limitation guidelines for pediatric patients, patients in labor and delivery, and patients at end-of-life. Due to the community spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), considerations must be made for the safety of health facility staff and patients resulting in many health care facilities suspending visitation, except when medically necessary or essential to the care of the patient.

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COVID-19 Patients Given Unproven Drug In Texas Nursing Home In ‘Disconcerting’ Move

By Vanessa Romo, NPR, April 10 2020 A bottle of hydroxycloroquine sits on a table outside the entrance to The Resort at Texas City nursing home, where Robin Armstrong, a doctor and the home’s medical director, is giving the drug to COVID-19 residents. David J. Phillip/AP Concern is mounting after a doctor at a Texas nursing home started giving the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to dozens of elderly patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and tracking the outcomes in what he’s calling an “observational study.” Use of the drug to treat coronavirus infections has set up a heated debate between the Trump administration and leading health experts over its efficacy against COVID-19.

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California to move seniors to Navy ship to cope with nursing home infections

By Andrew Sheeler The Sacramento Bee, April 10, 2020 The U.S. Navy Ship Mercy will take on senior nursing home patients that have not tested positive for coronavirus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday. The Navy ship will lend assistance “specific to the challenges within our nursing facilities and nursing homes,” Newsom said in his Friday noon press conference.

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CMS Interim Final Rule Open for Public Comment

Courtesy of Justice in Aging Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an interim final rule (IFR) entitled Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The IFR reinterprets and clarifies several Medicare rules and policies for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency period, including further expanding telehealth services to fulfill requirements for visits that usually must be in person (e.g., nursing home admission and discharge visits, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health and hospice); expanding the destinations to which ambulance services can be covered by Medicare; allowing coverage for home testing for COVID-19; stating that someone can be “homebound” in order to qualify for home health coverage if a physician determines that it is contraindicated for the Medicare beneficiary to leave home because they have a condition that may make them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19, or due to suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

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Urge Governor Newsom to Implement CANHR’s Action Plan to Save Lives of Long-Term Care Facility Residents

Published April 10th, Introduction updated May 21st, Recommendations Updated June 24th, 2020, The last few months have been an unimaginable tragedy for many long-term care facility residents and their loved ones throughout California. Thousands of residents have died, suffered severe illnesses, or been hospitalized as COVID-19 outbreaks sweep through their facilities. Locked away from their loved ones, residents are suffering and dying alone in facilities that are not prepared or staffed to keep them safe during this pandemic.

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California moves to protect nursing home residents from the coronavirus

By Phil Willon, Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, April 10, 202 The Navy hospital ship Mercy will begin accepting healthy nursing home patients to ease stress on facilities hit by the coronavirus epidemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday. (Carolyn Cole/Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times) Responding to escalating concerns about COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that some healthy residents at afflicted facilities will be transferred to the Navy hospital ship Mercy in Los Angeles to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Seven deaths at Hayward nursing home, one more in Orinda; crisis deepens with new infections in San Jose

By Thomas Peele | Julia Prodis Sulek | Annie Sciacca | and Nico Savidge |  Bay Area News Group/Mercury News Hayward mayor calls deaths in nursing home there “just heartbreaking” HAYWARD, CA – APRIL 9: Falck ambulance crew members leave the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Hayward, California. Six patients have died and over fifty patients and staff members have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

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More than 2,200 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes, but federal government isn’t tracking them

By Suzy Khimm, Laura Strickler, Andrew Blankstein and Peter Georgiev, NBC News, April 10 2020 The numbers are likely a significant undercount, given the limited access to testing and other constraints, state officials and public health experts say. Nursing home residents are among those most likely to die from the coronavirus. Chelsea Stahl / NBC News; Getty Images Nearly 2,500 long-term care facilities in 36 states are battling coronavirus cases, according to data gathered by NBC News from state agencies, an explosive increase of 522 percent compared to a federal tally just 10 days ago.

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