Are the federally ordered COVID-19 infection control surveys of nursing homes a fraud? One can certainly make a case that they are in California based on data and inspection reports released by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 4, 2020. On March 20, 2020, CMS ordered state survey agencies to suspend almost all types of nursing home surveys and directed them to temporarily institute a new system of “targeted” infection control surveys aimed at “ensuring providers are implementing actions to protect the health and safety of individuals to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The new CMS data and inspection reports are the public’s first chance to see what inspectors found during approximately 5,700 onsite surveys that were conducted between March 4 and April 29 in the nation’s nursing homes.
June 9, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Encourages Reopening of Healthcare Facilities New recommendations provide guidance to health systems and patients as COVID-19 cases decline Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a guide for patients and beneficiaries as they consider their in-person care options. During the height of the pandemic, many healthcare systems and patients postponed non-emergency, in-person care in order to keep patients and providers safe and to ensure capacity to care for COVID-19 patients.
California Department of Social Services PIN 20-13-CCLD June 9, 2020 TO: ALL COMMUNITY CARE LICENSED PROVIDERS Original signed by Pamela Dickfoss FROM: PAMELA DICKFOSS Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: PREPARATION FOR EXTREME HEAT, PUBLIC SAFETY POWER SHUTOFFS, AND WILDFIRE EMERGENCIES Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 20-13-CCLD provides information to providers to help prepare for extreme heat, public safety power shutoffs, and wildfire emergencies.
Testimony of Patricia McGinnis, Executive Director California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform at the Joint Oversight Hearing of the Assembly Health & Aging Long-Term Care Committee : The Covid-19 Outbreak in Skilled Nursing Facilities and the State’s Response June 9, 2020. Listen to the audio-only version here: To read Pat’s testimony, click HERE (pdf) To read CANHR’s Ten Point Plan click HERE (pdf)
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 VII 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.
By Ina Jaffe, NPR, June 9 2020 Luann Thibodeau recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with her husband, Jeff. They ate dinner from Olive Garden while she remained on the other side of his nursing room window. The Thibodeaus have not been in the same room since mid-March when visitors were banned from nursing homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus.