Great news! SB 1207 (Jackson) on Backup Power in Skilled Nursing Facilities Passes Senate by 36-0 Vote, Moves on to the Assembly!

On June 22nd the California Senate unanimously passed Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill, SB 1207, to help save the lives of California nursing home residents during power outages that may result from public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), emergencies, natural disasters, and other causes. CANHR and Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County are co-sponsoring SB 1207.

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After Months Of Isolation, Nursing Home Residents Can Begin Seeing Visitors In Person

By Kati Weis, CBS4 Denver, June 23 2020 DENVER (CBS4) – Since March, nursing home residents have been isolated from their loved ones, and other fellow residents in their facilities. But Tuesday, state health officials announced those residents can begin seeing visitors face-to-face, with restrictions. Visitations will be allowed outdoors, by appointment only, according to Randy Kuykendall, director of health facilities for the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, or CDPHE.

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Trump Administration Issues Call to Action Based on New Data Detailing COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is calling for a renewed national commitment to value-based care based on Medicare claims data that provides an early snapshot of the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the Medicare population.  The data shows that older Americans and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for COVID-19 and confirms long-understood disparities in health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority groups and among low-income populations.

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COVID-19: Advocating for Nursing Home Residents – Part IX

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. The webinar series from Consumer Voice, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Long Term Care Community Coalition and Justice in Aging reviews the latest updates, issuances from CMS, legislation, and strategies for advocates and families.

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Skilled Nursing Facility Infection Prevention Meetings

AFL 20-50.1 From the California Department of Public Health  June 22, 2020 TO:Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT:Skilled Nursing Facility Infection Prevention Meetings (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-50) ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) began hosting weekly SNF Infection Prevention Calls, May 7, 2020.

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Voiceless victims of coronavirus: Quarantined nursing homes plagued by stress and loneliness

By Susan Christian Goulding, Orange County Register, June 22 2020 Tom Rezvan, left, of Huntington Beach, pushes his father, Perry Rezvan, 77, in a wheelchair as they leave Sea Cliff Healthcare Center in Huntington Beach, on Friday, May 1, 2020. Due to his concern of coronavirus, Rezvan checked his father out of the facility. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) More than any other segment of society, the coronavirus preys on nursing home residents.

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‘They Just Dumped Him Like Trash’: Nursing Homes Evict Vulnerable Residents

By Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Amy Julia Harris, New York Times, June 22 2020 Nursing homes across the country are kicking out old and disabled residents and sending them to homeless shelters and rundown motels. Lakeview Terrace, a nursing home in Los Angeles, evicted RC Kendrick, an 88-year-old man with dementia.Credit…Andrew Cullen for The New York Times On a chilly afternoon in April, Los Angeles police found an old, disoriented man crumpled on a Koreatown sidewalk.

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