Level II Extreme Heat Alert

AFL 20-65 From the California Department of Public Health August 13, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Level II Extreme Heat Alert All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies health care facilities that the National Weather Service has issued Level II Excessive Heat Warnings for California. These Heat Warnings are in effect from 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 14, through 9:00 p.m., Monday, August 17, 2020, with much of California at high risk for widespread, continuous triple-digit temperatures.Facilities must implement recommended precautionary measures to keep individuals safe and comfortable during extremely hot temperatures and must have contingency plans in place to deal with the loss of air conditioning, or in the case when no air conditioning is available, take measures to ensure patients and residents are free of adverse conditions that may cause heat-related health complications.Facilities must report extreme heat conditions that compromise patient health and safety and/or require an evacuation, transfer, or discharge of patients.

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Getting Good Long Term Care in a Pandemic

Hosted by CANHR Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel. Good long term care should not be a casualty of COVID-19; in fact, it has never been more important.  But how can residents and their families ensure that good care is being provided when so many rules have been waived and accountability is missing?  In this townhall, we reviewed the state of long term care, including visitation, understaffing, and evictions, and then answer questions about the best way to ensure residents are safe and well cared for during the pandemic.

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Staffing Data Submission through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) System

AFL 20-64 From the California Department of Public Health August 13, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Staffing Data Submission through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) System ​AUTHORITY:     Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 483.70(q) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL reminds skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to submit required staffing data for Calendar Quarter 2 (April – June) 2020 through the PBJ system by August 14, 2020.

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As nursing homes battle coronavirus, study finds key defense: full staffs

By Laura Romero, ABC News, August 13 2020 At a time when nursing homes continue to be among the hardest hit settings in the coronavirus pandemic, new studies are beginning to offer insight as to why some facilities are seeing more cases than others — and, according to one, how important nursing home employees themselves are to the fight.

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