Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aides (HHAs)

AFL 20-49.3 From the California Department of Public Health September 8, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aides (HHAs)(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-49.2) ​AUTHORITY:        Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF), Executive Orders N-39-20 (PDF) and N-08-21 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for HHAs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.This AFL notifies all facilities that the temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements is extended until December 31, 2021, in compliance with Executive Order N-12-21 (PDF).  Background Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF) related to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) may waive any of the professional certification requirements and amend scopes of practice of Chapter 8 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code (HSC) and accompanying regulations with respect to HHAs.

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Suspension of Specified Regulatory Requirements for Nurse Assistant Training Programs (NATPs)

AFL 20-40.2 From the California Department of Public Health September 8, 2021 TO: All FacilitiesNurse Assistant Training Programs SUBJECT: Suspension of Specified Regulatory Requirements for Nurse Assistant Training Programs (NATPs)(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-40.1) ​AUTHORITY:     Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF) and Executive Orders N-39-20 (PDF), and Executive Order N-08-21 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for NATPs and nursing facilities due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak. This revision notifies all facilities the temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements contained in this AFL are extended until December 31, 2021 in compliance with Executive Order N-12-21 (PDF).

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Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)

AFL 20-35.5 From the California Department of Public Health September 8, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-35.4) ​AUTHORITY:      Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF), Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF), and Executive Order N-08-21 (PDF)  All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for CNAs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.This AFL revision informs all facilities and applicants that the temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements contained in this AFL are extended until December 31, 2021, in compliance with Executive Order N-12-21 (PDF).This revision informs applicants and certificate holders how to obtain/maintain an active/employable status after the expiration of the listed waivers on December 31, 2021.

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Long Term Care Facility Visitation Lockouts Due to COVID Outbreaks – Are They Legal?

Despite the ongoing pandemic, in-person visitation is mandatory in California long term care facilities.  However, a number of facilities are shutting down all in-person visitation indefinitely when a staff member or resident tests positive for COVID-19.  Generally, these visitation lockouts are illegal. The only time a facility may temporarily shut down in-person visitation is when a local public health authority has directed that visitation be stopped or in nursing homes under very specific circumstances outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements

AFL 20-26.10 From the California Department of Public Health September 3, 2021 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-26.9) AUTHORITY:     Proclamation of Emergency, Executive Orders: N-39-20 (PDF), N-08-21 (PDF), and N-12-21 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies hospitals of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.In accordance with the Executive Order N-12-21 (PDF), issued August 16, 2021, this AFL extends the temporary waiver related to space requirements until December 31, 2021.

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Nursing Home COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Protect The Most Vulnerable, But Pose a Hidden Threat to Residents

By Tara Law, Time Magazine, September 2, 2021 Some two weeks before U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Aug. 18 that nursing homes must require their staff to get vaccinated or risk losing their Medicare and Medicaid funding, Genesis HealthCare, which manages about 250 facilities nationwide that offer long-term care and other services, had said its workers would need to be vaccinated.

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UPDATED STATEWIDE VISITATION WAIVER, AND TESTING AND VACCINATION VERIFICATION GUIDANCE FOR VISITORS RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-40-ASC August 27, 2021 (Supersedes PIN 21-17.2-ASC in part) TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM RESIDENTIAL LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: UPDATED STATEWIDE VISITATION WAIVER, AND TESTING AND VACCINATION VERIFICATION GUIDANCE FOR VISITORS RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-40-ASC supersedes in part PIN 21-17.2-ASC, dated May 14, 2021, related to the Visitation Waiver and processes for verifying the vaccination status of all visitors, COVID-19 diagnostic tests of visitors who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated, and adds a requirement that licensees obtain and track documentation of vaccination or COVID-19 diagnostic tests of visitors who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated, in order to have an indoor visit.

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Most nursing homes won’t use pharmacy chains to administer coronavirus booster shots

By Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post, August 27 2021 Judie Shape, center, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., visited last year through the window of her room with her daughter Lori Spencer, left, and son-in-law Michael Spencer. (Ted S. Warren/AP) The Biden administration does not plan to rely on national pharmacy chains to give booster doses of coronavirus vaccines to millions of nursing home residents this fall, as officials did last winter, federal health officials said.

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GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER N-12-21 REGARDING CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AND THE EXPIRATION OF COVID-19 WAIVERS

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-39-ASC August 25, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE LICENSEESALL CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PROVIDERS Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER N-12-21 REGARDING CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AND THE EXPIRATIONOF COVID-19 WAIVERS Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-39-ASC notifies Adult and Senior Care (ASC) licensees and Continuing Care Retirement Community providers that pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-12-21, dated August 16, 2021, authority for COVID-19 related waivers was extended and the waivers will expire no later than December 31, 2021, or earlier as determined by California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

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AFL 21-33 From the California Department of Public Health  August 24, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Facility Emergency Contact and All Facilities Letter Recipient Information All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requesting updated emergency contact information from all facilities.CDPH is also requesting updated AFL recipient information. CDPH responds to numerous public health situations including natural and man-made disasters and other emergencies such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes, mass casualty incidents, power outages, drinking water incidents, and infectious disease outbreaks, etc.

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