California Nursing Home Inspectors Fight Pandemic-Related Oversight Failures by CDPH

Without question, the pandemic has been extraordinarily cruel to California nursing home residents. Over 4,000 residents have suffered and died alone from COVID-19, tens of thousands have been infected and residents have been locked away from their loved ones for nearly six months. Making matters worse, the state agency charged with protecting them – the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) – has turned its back on residents time and time again.

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CMS Advancing Seniors’ Access to Cutting-edge Therapies and Technology in Medicare Hospital Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Finalized policy changes expand new technology add-on payment pathway for certain antimicrobials Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) final rule, which includes important provisions designed to ensure access to potentially life-saving diagnostics and therapies for hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries.

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COVID-19 cases increasing in assisted living residents and staff, linked to ‘hotspot’ states with community spread

By Kimberly Bonvissuto, McKnight’s Senior Living, September 2 2020 A new analysis of COVID-19 data from assisted living communities finds a “significant increase” in cases among residents and staff members, with the rise in staff cases “especially noteworthy.” Four out of five states with the largest increases in staff cases (California, Florida, Nevada and South Carolina) also are considered “hotspot” states with widespread community transmission, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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California Department of Public Health Issues New Visitation Guidance

On August 25, the California Department of Public Health (DPH) issued All Facilities Letter 20-22.4 outlining some significant changes to the State’s ever-evolving guidance relating to visiting nursing homes and other health facilities during the COVID pandemic. The AFL makes clear that visitation restrictions cannot be absolute.  Facilities may not bar any of the following: Visits by Ombudsmen: Facilities must permit ombudsmen in the facility.

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