UPDATED STATEWIDE WAIVERS FOR LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-24-ASC July 6, 2020 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES Original signed by Pamela Dickfoss FROM: PAMELA DICKFOSS Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: UPDATED STATEWIDE WAIVERS FOR LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 20-24-ASC informs Adult and Senior Care (ASC) licensees of updates to specified statewide waivers for certain licensing statutes and regulations in PIN 20-09-CCLD dated April 2, 2020 and PIN 20-12-ASC dated April 16, 2020, and updates the specified waivers with a new effective date through September 30, 2020.

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CMS Proposes Medicare Payment Changes to Support Innovation and Increased Access for Dialysis in the Home Setting

Rule proposes improved process to pay for innovative dialysis equipment and support home dialysis for Medicare’s most vulnerable population Today, the Trump Administration took dramatic steps to support access to home dialysis through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS). Building on President Trump’s Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health, CMS is proposing that certain new and innovative equipment and supplies used for dialysis treatment of patients with ESRD in the home would qualify for an additional Medicare payment.

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Years of staffing cutbacks left San Diego nursing homes in peril during pandemic

By Jill Castelano, inewsource, July 6 2020 Rosa Montiel sits outside of her sister Lilly’s window at San Diego Post-Acute, an El Cajon nursing home, June 10, 2020. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource) Esther Hernandez was supposed to come home. When she had trouble walking in September, Hernandez’s family placed her in Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center, a National City nursing home, to help her regain mobility.

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The U.S. Is Repeating Its Deadliest Pandemic Mistake

By Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, July 6 2020 JORIS VAN GENNIP / LAIF / REDUX More than 40 percent of all coronavirus deaths in America have been in nursing homes. Here’s how it got so bad, and why there might still be more to come as cases surge in the Sun Belt. In early April, Melvin Hector, a geriatrician in Tucson, Arizona, went into Sapphire of Tucson Nursing and Rehabilitation to check on one of his patients, who had been sent to the hospital the previous day.

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