AFL 20-22.2 From the California Department of Public Health June 1, 2020 TO: All Long-Term Care Facilities SUBJECT: Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (This AFL supersedes guidance provided in AFL 20-22.1) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies long-term care facilities of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for improving their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including revised guidance for visitation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Unveils Enhanced Enforcement Actions Based on Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspection Results Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled enhanced enforcement for nursing homes with violations of longstanding infection control practices. This announcement builds on the previous actions CMS has taken to ensure the safety and security of America’s nursing homes as the nation battles coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and is a key step in the Trump Administration’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.
By Peter Whoriskey, Peter Whoriskey, Debbie Cenziper and Joel Jacobs, The Washington Post, June 1 2020 A patient is wheeled out of the Cobble Hill Health Center by emergency medical workers in Brooklyn in late April. The facility has reported dozens of deaths linked to the coronavirus pandemic. (John Minchillo/AP) About one in five homes reported a death but about 20 percent of nursing homes have not yet reported case counts At least 26,000 elderly residents died and more than 60,000 were sickened as the unrelenting coronavirus swept America’s nursing homes in recent months, particularly those with a history of violating federal standards meant to control the spread of infections, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced late Monday.
Courtesy of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care The landscape of COVID-19 response in nursing homes continues to evolve rapidly at the federal and state levels. In Part VI of the webinar series, Consumer Voice, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Long Term Care Community Coalition and Justice in Aging reviewed the latest updates, issuances from CMS, legislation, and strategies for advocates and families.