Advocates Call On State To Mandate One ‘Support Person Visitor’ For Each Senior Home Resident

By Amita Sharma, KPBS, July 1 2020 Above: A sign posted outside of Belmont Village Senior Living in Sabre Springs explains the facility’s new visitation rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Amita Sharma Advocates are asking the state to end what they call the trauma of “solitary confinement” of residents at senior care facilities by allowing them at least one designated visitor.

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24/7 Free Medi-Nurse Advice Line for COVID-19

Courtesy of the California Department of Health Care Services DHCS launched a free, 24/7 Medi-Nurse advice line (877) 409-9052 to answer questions about COVID-19 for anyone who: ·         Doesn’t have insurance, or ·         Is a Medi-Cal beneficiary but doesn’t have a regular doctor or managed care plan to oversee their care. The nurses who field the questions can help callers: ·         Understand if symptoms might be related to COVID-19 ·         Determine whether they need to self-isolate ·         Decide if they need to see a doctor to get tested and/or treated ·         Connect with a Medi-Cal provider who can help them get enrolled Flyers and social media content to share are on the DHCS website (dhcs.ca.gov/medi-nurse).

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Additional Medicaid & CHIP COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP Agencies

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to Medicaid.gov, to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The new FAQs cover a variety of Medicaid and CHIP topics, including: Eligibility and Enrollment;Notice and Fair Hearings;Optional COVID-Testing Group FAQs;Premiums and Cost Sharing;Benefits;Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT);Information Technology; andFinancing These new FAQs have been integrated into the previously released COVID-19 FAQ document, as we have done with prior updates.

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

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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Some nursing homes, assisted living facilities open for visitation

By Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard, July 1 2020 Noralee Driscoll, a resident of The Springs at Butte, and her son Brian Driscoll, the plant operations director, demonstrate the use of the looking glass — a Plexiglas partition used for family meetings with residents of the Butte nursing home. The facility has used the partition along with a health screening, temperature checks and masks since Montana entered phase two of reopening guidelines.

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Visitation Resumes at Care Facilities

By Allison Shepherd, The LaRue County Herald News, July 1 2020 The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander announced Thursday that starting Monday, June 29, the state will resume visitation at assisted living and personal care homes, group activities (10 or fewer) in facilities, communal dining and off-site appointments. “Kentuckians have patiently waited since March 6 for the opportunity to see loved ones in long-term care facilities again – in person.

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North Dakota revises ‘compassionate care’ definition to allow visitation for some declining nursing home residents

By Hannah Shirley, Grand Forks Herald, Jul 1 2020  Photo by Matthias Zomer from Pexels Residents of North Dakota’s long-term care facilities who have experienced dramatic physical or mental decline due to isolation during the pandemic will be allowed in-person visits with family and loved ones. Previously, residents of locked-down nursing homes and long-term care facilities were only allowed such visits as part of compassionate end-of-life care.

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