A tale of two Southern California nursing homes in the era of coronavirus

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, September 16 2020 One facility was hit hard – 50-plus COVID cases and more than a dozen deaths. Another endured only 3 cases and just one patient died. Many factors likely figure in the difference. Administrator Hrag Bekerian felt confident, he said, that they were taking the right precautions at Gem Transitional Care Center before the coronavirus struck.

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Federal Memo Restores Nursing Home Visits!

On September 17th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo to the states, restoring visitation in nursing homes.  CMS is requiring facilities to permit visitation whenever a facility has had no new COVID outbreaks for 14 days and the community positivity rate is less than 10%.  Facilities required to permit visitation are encouraged to have outdoor visitation, weather permitting, but are also required to accommodate indoor visitation, including in resident rooms, when outdoor visits are unavailable.

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CMS Announces Transformative and Innovative Specialty Care Models for Medicare Beneficiaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces Transformative New Model of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Kidney Disease Model focuses on reducing costs and improving quality of care for patients Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has finalized the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model, to improve or maintain the quality of care and reduce Medicare expenditures for patients with chronic kidney disease.

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CMS Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2020 CMS Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients Radiation Oncology Model will modernize Medicare payments for radiotherapy services Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new Innovation Center model expected to improve the quality of care for cancer patients receiving radiotherapy and reduce Medicare expenditures through bundled payments that allow providers to focus on delivering high-quality treatments.

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