AFL 20-84 From the California Department of Public Health November 4, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Infection Prevention Recommendations and Incorporation into the Quality and Accountability Supplemental Payment (QASP) Program AUTHORITY: Assembly Bill (AB) 81 (Chapter 13, Statutes of 2020) AB 2644 (Chapter 287, Statutes of 2020) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL informs skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) about the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH’s) infection prevention recommendations and the incorporation of infection prevention and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) mitigation requirements into the QASP.
By Al Jazeera English, November 4 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, nursing homes became ground zero. By November, more than 60,000 nursing home residents had died of COVID-19, accounting for roughly a quarter of all fatalities nationwide. Yet the nursing home industry had already struggled with chronic problems before the pandemic. From allegations of systematic understaffing to toothless government oversight, Fault Lines examines what made residents and workers so vulnerable.