CANHR Fights California Department of Public Health Plan to Transform Nursing Home Inspectors into Advisors to Operators

On October 5, CANHR wrote the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urging it to withdraw its deceptively named nursing home oversight plan – Quality and Safety State SNF Survey Model – that would divert its inspector workforce by requiring inspectors to conduct collaborative monitoring visits at skilled nursing facilities. CANHR’s letter also urges CDPH to rescind a new duty statement for nursing home inspectors that requires inspectors to spend 30 percent of their time advising and assisting nursing home operators on regulatory matters.

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COVID-19 patients moved to nursing home, 12 resident deaths reported

By Brooks Jarosz, KTVU FOX 2, October 15 2020 GILROY, Calif. – A dozen residents have died and at least 75 have become infected at a Gilroy nursing home, following the transfer of hospital patients sick with the coronavirus. A separate, isolated section of the Gilroy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center opened its doors in August as a COVID-19 recovery unit.

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Nursing Home Residents Describe Devastating Impact of Isolation During the Pandemic in New Report

An October 2020 report by Altarum presents the findings of a survey of residents on how their lives have been impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions. Residents reported a drastic reduction in social activities and a steep increase in feelings of loneliness. The report – Experiences of Nursing Home Residents During the Pandemic – includes direct comments from residents in their own words that speak powerfully to the urgent need to end the extreme isolation that’s been imposed on them.

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Trump Administration Drives Telehealth Services in Medicaid and Medicare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Drives Telehealth Services in Medicaid and Medicare  Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the list of telehealth services that Medicare Fee-For-Service will pay for during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).

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Resident Rights: Voting, Visitation, and More!

On October 13th at 11:00am CANHR hosted a town hall for California residents of long term care, their families, and their friends, addressing key developments including voting rights during the pandemic, rights to visit and to exit facilities, and how to craft effective complaints to regulators to safeguard these rights. Speakers included CANHR Executive Director Pat McGinnis, CANHR staff attorneys Tony Chicotel and Mike Dark, and CANHR Program Director Julie Pollock.

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GACH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Survey

AFL 20-81 From the California Department of Public Health October 12, 2020 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs) SUBJECT: GACH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Survey All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL requests all hospitals complete a survey to assist with COVID-19 vaccination planning. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requesting that all hospitals complete the survey by October 16, 2020.

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Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of Influenza during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

AFL 20-80 From the California Department of Public Health October 12, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of Influenza during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides recommendations to prevent and manage influenza outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Deadly outbreak at a Santa Cruz County nursing home shows risk still runs high

By Mallory Moench and Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, October 9 2020 An empty wheelchair can be seen in the alley between the Watsonville Nursing Home and the Post Acute Center on Oct. 8, 2020. Photo: Sara Gobets / Special to The Chronicle WATSONVILLE — Information was scarce and access to loved ones restricted Thursday as the worst possible scenario played out for family members of residents of the Watsonville Post-Acute Center — a coronavirus outbreak that has killed nine people and infected 61.

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Access to Salesforce for Resource Requests

AFL 20-79 From the California Department of Public Health October 9, 2020 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals SUBJECT: Access to Salesforce for Resource Requests All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL informs general acute care hospitals (GACHs) of the ability to access Salesforce to create and coordinate resource requests to their Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC).

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CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing Agency issues cease and desist letters to laboratories testing without appropriate certification The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking every action to ensure U.S. laboratories are fit to deliver reliable, accurate and timely patient test results for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by confirming Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) certifications are up- to-date.

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