Dialysis Transportation for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Positive Residents

AFL 20-61 From the California Department of Public Health July 21, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Dialysis Transportation for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Positive Residents ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides recommendations to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for transporting COVID-19 positive residents to dialysis clinics for treatment. Access to dialysis services is essential to the overall health and safety of dialysis patients.

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From Outdoor Visits to Designated Family Caregivers, Nursing Homes Cautiously Reopen Doors

By Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News, July 21 2020 When it became apparent that COVID-19 was sweeping the country, one of the earliest major preventative steps was a move by the federal government to instate a near-total lockdown on any unnecessary visits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the sweeping ban on March 13, which did include an exception for end-of-life visitations.

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California backtracks after removing COVID-19 death counts for assisted living homes

By Jason Pohl and Ryan Sabalow, Sacramento Bee, July 21 2020 Last week, the state agency that regulates assisted living facilities quietly posted a memo announcing it was going to delete from its website the names of facilities where people had died from COVID-19. The California Department of Social Services provided no explanation. When patient care advocates found the memo Monday, they were baffled and alarmed.

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Nursing Home Staffing: Research Highlights Relationship Between COVID-19 and Staffing

Courtesy of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care  Consumers have long believed that adequate numbers of well trained staff are essential to quality of care and quality of life.  Their advocacy has focused for many years on a staffing standard and the importance of RN coverage.  Sadly, COVID-19 has shown the disparities between facilities in alarming ways, and the factors in COVID-19’s spread are being examined by researchers.  Two studies by Dr.

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