Discharging COVID-19 Patients To Nursing Homes Called A ‘Recipe For Disaster’

Ina Jaffe, NPR Morning Edition, April 20 2020 In some parts of the U.S., the desperate need to slow the spread of the coronavirus is coming into conflict with the scramble to find more hospital beds. Nursing homes have been the sites of some of the earliest — and deadliest — outbreaks of COVID-19. Some people who run such facilities are understandably leery of accepting new patients who might spread the virus.

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Trump Administration Champions Reporting of COVID-19 Clinical Trial Data through Quality Payment Program, Announces New Clinical Trials Improvement Activity

April 20, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Champions Reporting of COVID-19 Clinical Trial Data through Quality Payment Program, Announces New Clinical Trials Improvement Activity  Improved availability of data key to driving improvement in patient care and development of innovative practices The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging clinicians who participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), such as physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others, to contribute to scientific research and evidence to fight the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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CANHR Press Conference 4-20-2020

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform held a press conference at 11:30 am on Monday, April 20, 2020 via Zoom to announce their opposition to a proposed executive order sought by health care providers making them immune from claims arising from even dangerous and reckless conduct in treating patients with COVID-19. CANHR staff were joined by family members of nursing home residents and representatives from AARP, Consumer Attorneys of California and Senior and Disability Action.

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Hotels for Healthcare Workers

AFL 20-45 From the California Department of Public Health  April 20, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Hotels for Healthcare Workers ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies healthcare facilities of the Non-Congregate Sheltering for California Healthcare Workers Program, a program that provides hotel rooms to frontline healthcare workers who are exposed to or test positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).Healthcare facilities must certify to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) that they treat confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients for their employees to be eligible.

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Hundreds of nursing homes with positive COVID-19 cases on list published by California health department

By Annie Sciacca |and Thomas Peele | Bay Area News Group | Updated April 20, 2020 It is limited to nursing homes and does not include assisted living facilities Startling state figures released Saturday show 34 nursing homes in seven Bay Area counties have confirmed cases of coronavirus. Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward has 102 such cases, with 33 staff members and 69 patients infected, significantly higher than the 68 total coronavirus cases reported by Alameda County on Thursday, which included 13 deaths, according to a partial list the state health department made newly public.

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Nations Seek to Ease Nursing Home Loneliness Yet Keep Safe

By The Associated Press HALLE, Belgium — Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes just wanted to do the humane thing. After so many frail and elderly nursing home residents had been held in seclusion from their loved ones in the first weeks of the lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Wilmes said her government decided to allow one visitor — in good health — per person.

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WAIVER OF ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FEES, LICENSE FEES, AND HOME CARE AIDE REGISTRATION FEES AS A RESULT OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-10-CCLD April 20, 2020 TO: ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION TRAINING PROGRAM VENDORS ADULT AND SENIOR CARE CERTIFIED ADMINISTRATORS ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES CHILD CARE FACILITY LICENSEES CHILDREN’S RESIDENTIAL LICENSEES HOME CARE ORGANIZATION LICENSEES AND HOME CARE AIDES Original signed by Pamela Dickfoss FROM: PAMELA DICKFOSS Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: WAIVER OF ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FEES, LICENSE FEES, AND HOME CARE AIDE REGISTRATION FEES AS A RESULT OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 20-10-CCLD discusses the authority of the California Department of Social Services to waive application, license, home care aide registration fees, and administrator certification program fees for individuals or licensees experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

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Coronavirus: “Nightmarish conditions,” infections, abuse in facilities owned by Bay Area nursing home operators

By Thomas Peele and Annie Sciacca | Bay Area News Group, April 20, 2020 The owners of nursing homes in Hayward and Orinda where 17 patients have died of COVID19 have records of bad care and license denials Lack of controls to stop dangerous infections. Not enough personal protective equipment for caregivers. Staffing so thin the facility can’t provide proper care for patients.

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Glaring holes in state data on nursing home cases

By CAL MATTERS Nurses prepare to enter a COVID-19 testing facility at Cal Expo in Sacramento on April 15. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, California released the number of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes, showing that roughly 10% of the state’s 31,527 confirmed cases are found among the staff and patients at care centers for the elderly.

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