Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified ADHC Requirements

AFL 20-34.1 From the California Department of Public Health June 26, 2020 TO:Adult Day Health Care Centers (ADHCs) SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified ADHC Requirements (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-34) ​AUTHORITY:     Executive Order N-35-20 (PDF) ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies ADHCs of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This AFL has been updated to extend the waiver until March 1, 2021.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified PCC and MHCU Requirements

AFL 20-30.1 From the California Department of Public Health June 26, 2020 TO:Primary Care Clinics (PCCs) Mobile Health Care Units (MHCUs) SUBJECT:Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified PCC and MHCU Requirements (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-30) ​AUTHORITY:     Executive Order N-35-20 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies PCCs and MHCUs of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This AFL has been updated to extend the waiver March 1, 2021.

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Max Huntsman Appointed Interim Inspector General For LA County Skilled Nursing Home Facilities

Courtesy of The Executive Office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors For Immediate Release June 26, 2020 The Executive Office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced Max Huntsman has been appointed as interim Inspector General to oversee the County’s skilled nursing home facilities, effective today. On May 26, the Board voted unanimously to appoint an Inspector General to oversee skilled nursing home facilities, which account for more than half of the County’s deaths from COVID-19.

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UPDATED GUIDANCE ON CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) RELATED TO THE CRITICAL ROLE OF TESTING, MODIFICATION OF VISITATION GUIDELINES, NEED FOR INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL, AND USE OF FACE COVERINGS IN ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-23-ASC TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES Original signed by Pamela Dickfoss FROM: PAMELA DICKFOSSDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: UPDATED GUIDANCE ON CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) RELATED TO THE CRITICAL ROLE OF TESTING, MODIFICATION OF VISITATION GUIDELINES, NEED FOR INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL, AND USE OF FACE COVERINGS IN ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary: PIN 20-23-ASC provides updated guidance to Adult and Senior Care (ASC) licensees related to the critical role of testing for COVID-19, modification of visitor guidelines, guidance for vigilant adherence to infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in ASC facilities, and mandated use of face coverings.

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Montana Governor announces update on visitation in nursing homes, assisted living facilities

Staff and wire report, Havre Daily News, June 26 2020 Some local nursing homes and assisted living facilities are looking at updated directives could allow some increased visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Steve Bullock announced Thursday an updated directive that permits safe visitation in nursing homes and assisted living facilities that are able to follow infection control protocols per guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements

AFL 20-32.1 From the California Department of Public Health  June 26, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities  SUBJECT:Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-32) ​AUTHORITY:     Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF) and Executive Orders N-27-20 (PDF) and N-39-20 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.This AFL has been updated to extend parts of the waiver until March 1, 2021.This AFL has updated requirements for temporary COVID staffing waivers.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements

AFL 20-26.1 From the California Department of Public Health June 26, 2020 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-26) ​AUTHORITY:     Executive Order N-27-20 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies hospitals of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This AFL has been updated to extend the waiver until March 1, 2021.

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Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

AFL 20-22.3 From the California Department of Public Health June 26, 2020 TO: 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 20-22.2) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies long-term care (LTC) 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 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including revised guidance for visitation.This AFL authorizes LTC facilities to temporarily modify their facility’s visitation policies in accordance with CMS and CDC COVID-19 guidance when necessary to protect the health and safety of residents, staff, and the public.This AFL updates visitation guidance in accordance with revised CMS guidance in order to safely reopen SNFs to visitors.

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Center for Medicare Advocacy Releases Issue Brief Regarding Medicare and Family Caregivers

Courtesy of the Center for Medicare Advocacy The Center for Medicare has written an Issue Brief, Medicare and Family Caregivers, as part of collaborative work to advance the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, Public Law 115-119 (1/22/2018). The RAISE Act directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and maintain a national family caregiver strategy that identifies actions and support for family caregivers in the United States.

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