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 crisis at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda nursing home

By Dan Noyes ABC7 March 30, 2020 Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco is going through a COVID-19 crisis, with a fast increasing number of staff and patients testing positive. ABC7’s I-Team reports on the city’s response on handling the outbreak at the center. SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Laguna Honda, the massive nursing home owned by the city and county of San Francisco, is having a crisis.

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SF officials are bracing for worst-case coronavirus scenario at Laguna Honda nursing home

By Cynthia Dizikes , Jason Fagone and Trisha Thadani San Francisco Chronicle, March 30, 2020 Laguna Honda Hospital on Friday, March 20, 2020, in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle San Francisco officials are begging state and federal officials for more help in averting a looming disaster at the city’s 780-bed nursing home, where a coronavirus outbreak is growing.

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Coronavirus limbo: Seniors need to leave hospitals but some nursing homes won’t let them return

By Katie Mettler and Jennifer Oldham The Washington Post March 30, 2020  Judie Shape, 81, who tested positive for coronavirus, waves to her daughter and husband on March 17 at Life Care Center of Kirkland, a Seattle-area nursing home. (Jason Redmond/Reuters) By Katie Mettler and Jennifer Oldham March 30, 2020 at 7:29 a.m. PDT In the scramble to contain the novel coronavirus, seniors are having difficulty returning to their nursing homes and rehabilitation centers after leaving for hospital visits, routine medical appointments or funerals.

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Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

March 30, 2020 At President Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CMS sets and enforces essential quality and safety standards for the nation’s healthcare system, and is the nation’s largest health insurer serving more than 140 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Federal Exchanges.

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Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

California Department of Health Care Services Date: March 30, 2020 As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Departments of Health Care Services (DHCS), Public Health (CDPH), and Managed Health Care (DMHC) continue to closely monitor and assess appropriate next steps as well as release guidance to ensure the safety of Medi-Cal beneficiaries, health plan enrollees, medical providers, and California communities in general.

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POLICY GUIDANCE FOR COMMUNITY-BASED ADULT SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

California Department of Health Care Services ALL PLAN LETTER 20-007 TO: ALL MEDI-CAL MANAGED CARE HEALTH PLANS SUBJECT: POLICY GUIDANCE FOR COMMUNITY-BASED ADULT SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PURPOSE: The purpose of this All Plan Letter (APL) is to provide Medi-Cal managed care health plans (MCPs) with policy guidance regarding the temporary authorization of Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) provided telephonically, in members’ homes, and individually in centers, in lieu of congregate services provided at CBAS centers, during the period of this current public health emergency.

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