New guidance on nursing home visitations in Kentucky

By WKYT News Staff, June 25 2020 FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Kentucky will resume visitations at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the coming weeks. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander made the announcement Thursday. “Kentuckians have patiently awaited since March 6 for the opportunity to see loved ones in long-term care facilities again – in person.

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CMS issues ‘long overdue’ visitation guidelines for nursing homes

By James M. Berklan, McKnight’s Long Term Care News, June 25 2020 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services excited the provider community and brought clarity to numerous aspects of restarting visits at nursing homes Wednesday. Controlled visitation is allowed before a geographic area actually gets to phase three of reopening protocols, the federal agency noted in a seven-point “Frequently Asked Questions” document that was dated Tuesday.

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CMS Announces Plans to End the Medicare Blanket Waiver Requiring Nursing Homes to Submit Staffing Data

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to end the Medicare emergency blanket waiver requiring all nursing homes to resume submitting staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system by August 14, 2020. The PBJ system allows CMS to collect nursing home staffing information which impacts the quality of care residents receive.

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Governor Newsom Declares Budget Emergency to Support State’s Response to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 25, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office (916) 445-4571 Governor Newsom Declares Budget Emergency to Support State’s Response to COVID-19 SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation of a budget emergency to make additional resources available to fund the state’s ongoing emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the availability of funding for personal protective equipment, medical equipment and other expenditures as necessary to support a potential hospital surge and provide necessary services to vulnerable populations.

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How the ACA is Helping the Older Adults Most Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Courtesy of Justice in Aging COVID-19 is putting a spotlight on our nation’s healthcare system—exposing both the ways in which programs that serve older adults are essential and the gaps. In particular, the pandemic is emphasizing how older adults’ lives are at stake in California v. Texas, when the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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FACILITY COVID STATUS SURVEY SENT VIA EVERBRIDGE

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-22-ASC Primary Audience: ALL RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES FOR THE ELDERLY AND CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY LICENSEES Summary: PIN 20-22-ASC provides information on an important licensee COVID status survey that will be disseminated via the Everbridge Mass Notification System An electronic copy of PIN 20-22-ASC – FACILITY COVID STATUS SURVEY SENT VIA EVERBRIDGE is available for viewing/downloading by clicking on the following link: PIN 20-22-ASC – FACILITY COVID STATUS SURVEY SENT VIA EVERBRIDGE

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Colorado to lift some nursing home visitation restrictions

By Robert Garrison, ABC7 Denver, June 25 2020 Photo by: Google DENVER — The COVID-19 outbreak has struck nursing homes in Colorado especially hard. More than 40% of all deaths related to the virus in the state have come from non-hospital residential facilities, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. But as the state lifts more restrictions and opens up more of the economy — nursing homes, group homes and assisted living communities will see some limitations lifted as well.

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