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Documenting Decisionmaking In a Pandemic

There is hardly an element of life that has not gone untouched or completely upended by COVID-19.  With ubiquitous “shelter in place” orders and worldwide “social distancing,” finding notaries public and other witnesses for the signing of legal documents has become challenging for many folks and nearly impossible for long term care facility residents.  The burdens for these residents include: National, state, county, and city orders essentially prohibiting on-site visitors for nursing home and assisted living facility residents;Law that bars health care providers from acting as witnesses of Advance Health Care Directives (AHCDs); Fellow residents who cannot serve as witnesses because of varying degrees of infirmity and cognitive impairment;Law requiring AHCDs be witnessed by a long term care Ombudsman at a time when Ombudsman are not able to go into facilities.

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Nursing Home Residents Seek Immediate Injunction Against State-Sanctioned Resident “Dumping” in Wake of COVID-19

Plaintiffs Demand that California Adhere to Federal Law FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2020 San Francisco, CA – In a motion filed last Friday, residents in several California nursing homes have petitioned U.S. District Court Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. to enjoin the State from ongoing violations of federal anti-dumping regulations.  As a result of the State’s inaction, the suit alleges that vulnerable nursing home residents have been improperly dumped into hospitals, putting them at risk of COVID-19 and wasting precious resources for sick patients. 

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California Declares War on Nursing Home Residents

State Orders Nursing Homes to Admit COVID-19 patients FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2020 After weeks of warning Californians about the deadly threat the coronavirus poses to nursing home residents, the State of California has now ordered California nursing home operators to bring the virus into their facilities, knowing full well it is likely to kill many residents.

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Coronavirus: In Alameda County, dozens of nursing home staff and residents test positive for COVID-19

By Annie Sciacca | asciacca@bayareanewsgroup.com and Thomas Peele | tpeele@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group/Mercury News In what appears to be the largest Alameda County coronavirus outbreak, a skilled nursing facility in Hayward could have more than 40 cases of COVID-19, while another facility in Castro Valley has almost two dozen confirmed cases across staff and residents.

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Latest CMS Alert

CMS Approves Approximately $34 Billion for Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program for Medicare Providers in One Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delivered near $34 billion in the past week to the healthcare providers on the frontlines battling the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The funds have been provided through the expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to ensure providers and suppliers have the resources needed to combat the pandemic.

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Latest Fact Sheet

Documenting Decisionmaking In a Pandemic

There is hardly an element of life that has not gone untouched or completely upended by COVID-19.  With ubiquitous “shelter in place” orders and worldwide “social distancing,” finding notaries public and other witnesses for the signing of legal documents has become challenging for many folks and nearly impossible for long term care facility residents.  The burdens for these residents include: National, state, county, and city orders essentially prohibiting on-site visitors for nursing home and assisted living facility residents;Law that bars health care providers from acting as witnesses of Advance Health Care Directives (AHCDs); Fellow residents who cannot serve as witnesses because of varying degrees of infirmity and cognitive impairment;Law requiring AHCDs be witnessed by a long term care Ombudsman at a time when Ombudsman are not able to go into facilities.

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