Family sues Visalia nursing home after 87-year-old man dies from COVID-19

By Robert Rodriguez, The Fresno Bee, July 30 2020 Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia has had six patients die due to coronavirus. GOOGLE EARTH The family of Santiago Gonzalez, an 87-year-old former resident of Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia, is suing the nursing home for wrongful death after he contracted COVID-19 and died. The family alleges in the lawsuit, filed by their attorney Warren Paboojian, that the healthcare center failed to protect its staff, employees and residents — even as COVID-19 was gaining a foothold in Tulare County.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan Recommendations for Testing of Health Care Personnel (HCP) and Residents at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)

AFL 20-53.1 From the California Department of Public Health July 29, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan Recommendations for Testing of Health Care Personnel (HCP) and Residents at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-53) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides recommendations from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for SNFs developing COVID-19 Mitigation Plans.

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Trump Administration Continues to Keep Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Low for Seniors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 29, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the average basic premium for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, which cover prescription drugs that beneficiaries pick up at a pharmacy. For the first time seniors that use insulin will be able to choose a prescription drug plan in their area that offers a broad set of insulins for no more than $35 per month per prescription.

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Deployment of Online Survey Application for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) SNF Mitigation Surveys

AFL 20-63 From the California Department of Public Health July 28, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Deployment of Online Survey Application for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) SNF Mitigation Surveys All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL announces the California Department of Public Health (CDPH’s) phased launch of a new online application for conducting surveys and investigations.Beginning August 7, 2020, CDPH will use the Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS) Inspect to conduct COVID-19 Mitigation Surveys and submit Statements of Deficiencies to SNFs.

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No Visitors Leading to Despair and Isolation in Senior Care Homes

By Jared Whitlock, Voice of San Diego, July 28 2020 Natasha Josefowitz looks beyond her balcony at the White Sands Retirement Community in La Jolla. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz When Jan Thompson drops off care packages to her 95-year-old mom, about 8 feet separate them. It’s the closest they’ve been in a while. Her mom lives at Monte Vista Village in Lemon Grove.

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CMS Updates Data on COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries

July 28, 2020 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released its first monthly update of data that provides a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population. For the first time, the snapshot includes data for American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries. The new data indicate that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 among racial/ethnic groups after Blacks.

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California Department of Public Health Endangers Lives and Mission of Nursing Home Inspectors

The notoriously mismanaged California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is back in the news again for all of the wrong reasons. Not only has the Department now acknowledged that it has failed to regularly test for COVID-19 the inspectors surveying nursing facilities with outbreaks of the virus, but it has embarked upon a sweeping plan to undermine the independence and reliability of its own inspection program at a time when nursing home residents need rigorous enforcement most.

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How SF’s Laguna Honda averted coronavirus disaster

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, July 27 2020Photos by Gabrielle Lurie State, feds stepped in with training, protocols and action plan for largest nursing home in California In the early days of the pandemic, the prospect of a deadly coronavirus surge at Laguna Honda nursing home in San Francisco seemed terrifying — and inevitable. The public health department that ran Laguna Honda, the largest nursing home in the state, wasn’t equipped to handle a surge of cases at the facility.

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ICF Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Daily Reporting

AFL 20-62 From the California Department of Public Health July 25, 2020 TO: Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) Intermediate Care Facilities/Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD) Intermediate Care Facilities/Developmentally Disabled – Habilitative (ICF/DD-H) Intermediate Care Facilities/Developmentally Disabled – Nursing (ICF/DD-N) Intermediate Care Facilities/Developmentally Disabled – Continuous Nursing (ICF/DD-CN) SUBJECT: ICF Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Daily Reporting AUTHORITY:     Proclamation of Emergency (PDF)                             Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 483.420                            Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations sections 73539, 76551 and 76923 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL requests all ICFs, ICF/DDs, ICF/DD-Hs, ICF/DD-Ns, and ICF/DD-CNs (facilities) report COVID-19 facility data daily to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) via an online survey.

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