By Maura Dolan and Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, October 8 2020 The Sundial Bridge in Redding. Coronavirus outbreaks have recently hit nursing homes in that Northern California city and also in Santa Cruz County. (William Koplitz / Getty Images) After a steady slide in the statewide number of new coronavirus infections at skilled nursing homes, facilities in Santa Cruz and Shasta Counties are grappling with severe outbreaks, with several dozen people at both places testing positive and residents dying of COVID-19.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans made to Providers during COVID-19 New recoupment terms allow providers and suppliers one additional year to start loan payments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced amended terms for payments issued under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program as required by recent action by President Trump and Congress. This Medicare loan program allows CMS to make advance payments to providers and are typically used in emergency situations. Under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act repayment will now begin one year from the issuance date of each provider or supplier’s accelerated or advance payment. CMS issued $106 billion in payments to providers and suppliers in order to alleviate the financial burden healthcare providers faced while experiencing cash flow issues in the early stages of combating the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).
Courtesy of the CDSS The California Department of Social Services’ (CDSS) Community Care Licensing Division has released: THE PLAYBOOK FOR COVID-19. Primary Audience: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE (ASC) PROGRAM LICENSEES Summary:The Playbook for COVID-19 provides guidance to ASC licensees, administrators and caregivers on COVID-19 safety precautions, including sanitation and disinfection, physical distancing, and other guidance to assist facilities in their response to COVID-19. An electronic copy of THE PLAYBOOK FOR COVID-19 is available for viewing/downloading by clicking on the following link:The Playbook for COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the CCLD homepage for updated information regarding COVID-19.
By Howard Gleckman, Forbes, October 8 2020 MARLBOROUGH, MA – AUGUST 19: Sr. Jeanne Fregeau, 93, waits for her morning medication at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence. Since COVID-19 spread through the facility in April the chapel has been closed, leaving the residents to watch Mass on television. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) What has it been like to live in a nursing home during the covid-19 pandemic?
By Lauren Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, October 8 2020 The county did not say when the outbreak started, but it announced five of the nine deaths among residents on Wednesday. The outbreak is responsible for nearly half of the 19 total COVID-19 deaths in Santa Cruz County.Photo: Chronicle Nine people have died and another 61 have tested positive for the coronavirus in a “serious outbreak” at the Watsonville Post-Acute Center, according to Santa Cruz County public health officials.