‘A harrowing black hole of information’: Some nursing homes leave families in the dark about coronavirus

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, August 6 2020 Carlton Senior Living resident Jim Sander, 93, tested negative for the coronavirus, but has memory loss, and his son Dave Sander (right) couldn’t get information on the result of the test until The Chronicle contacted the care facility. Photo: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle Marla Harvey looked closely at her computer screen.

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HOME CARE ORGANIZATIONS AVAILABLE TO ASSIST WITH TEMPORARY STAFFING IN ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES WITH CLIENTS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-19-CCLD Primary Audience: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES HOME CARE ORGANIZATION LICENSEES HOME CARE AIDES Summary: PIN 20-19-CCLD – This PIN announces a resource list of Home Care Organizations (HCO) available to assist with temporary staffing in Adult and Senior Care (ASC) facilities with clients in care who are COVID-19 positive.

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As COVID-19 Numbers Improve, Florida Considers Nursing Home Visits

By Greg Allen, NPR, August 4 2020 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference Monday along with Dr. Joshua Lenchus, chief medical officer of Broward Health Medical Center. DeSantis says he’s exploring ways to open nursing homes for family member visits. Wilfredo Lee/AP Officials in Florida say cases of the coronavirus are continuing to decline, an indication that efforts to halt the spread of the disease are working.

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Nursing home companies accused of misusing federal money received hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic relief

By Debbie Cenziper, Joel Jacobs and Shawn Mulcahy, The Washington Post, August 4 2020 Nursing home companies sued for Medicare fraud in recent years received more than $300 million in coronavirus relief payments. The allegations include putting elderly residents into unnecessary therapy services and delaying patients’ release to reap higher Medicare payments. (N/A/Getty Images) For-profit nursing home providers that have faced accusations of Medicare fraud and kickbacks, labor violations or widespread failures in patient care received hundreds of millions of dollars in “no strings attached” coronavirus relief aid meant to cover shortfalls and expenses during the pandemic, a Washington Post analysis of federal spending found.

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FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION SAFETY NOTICE REGARDING HAND SANITIZERS CONTAINING METHANOL

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-18-CCLD Primary Audience: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES ALL HOME CARE ORGANIZATION LICENSEES Summary: PIN 20-18-CCLD provides a safety notice to all Adult and Senior Care (ASC) Program licensees and Home Care Organization (HCO) licensees regarding hand sanitizers containing methanol. Download PDF HERE

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COVID-19: Advocating for Nursing Home Residents – Part XI

Courtesy of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care  The landscape of COVID-19 response in nursing homes continues to evolve rapidly at the federal and state levels. The webinar series from Consumer Voice, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Long Term Care Community Coalition and Justice in Aging reviews the latest updates, issuances from CMS, legislation, and strategies for advocates and families.

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What can be done to stop COVID-19 from ravaging skilled nursing homes in Sonoma County?

By Martin Espinoza, The Press Democrat, August 3 2020 Laura Cunningham blows a kiss to her mother, Susan Nickel, as they finish their video chat at Lakewood Meadows Park in Windsor on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Cunningham’s mother is hospitalized at Petaluma Valley Hospital while recovering from COVID-19. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat) It was nearly a month ago when Laura Nickel-Cunningham received the call from the Petaluma skilled nursing home where her mother was staying.

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FEDERAL RELIEF AVAILABLE TO LICENSEES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) EMERGENCY

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-17-CCLD July 31, 2020 PIN 20-17-CCLD TO: ALL COMMUNITY CARE FACILITY LICENSEES ALL CHILD CARE LICENSEES ALL CERTIFIED AND APPROVED HOMES OF A FOSTER FAMILY AGENCY Original signed by Pamela Dickfoss FROM: PAMELA DICKFOSS Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: FEDERAL RELIEF AVAILABLE TO LICENSEES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) EMERGENCY Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 20-17-CCLD provides information on Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal relief that may be available to licensees experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

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County Departments of Public Health

List of County Departments of Public Health Alameda Alameda County Public Health Department 1000 Broadway, Suite 500,Oakland, CA 94607Tel: (510) 267-8000 Website: http://www.acphd.org/ Alpine Alpine County Public Health Services Department 75 Diamond Valley RoadMarkleeville, CA 96120Tel: 530-694-2235 Website: http://www.alpinecountyca.gov/Index.aspx?NID=201 Amador Amador County Health Department 10877 Conductor BlvdSutter Creek, CA 95685Tel: (209) 223-6407 Website: https://www.amadorgov.org/services/public-health Butte Butte County Public Health Department 202 Mira Loma DriveOroville, CA 95965Tel: (530) 552-4000 Website: http://www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/Home.aspx Calaveras Calaveras County Public Health Services Department 700 Mountain Ranch Rd Suite C-2San Andreas, CA 95249 Tel: (209) 754-6460 Website: https://publichealth.calaverasgov.us/Public-Health/edgpid/537/edgmid/8683 Colusa Colusa County Public Health Division 547 Market StreetColusa, CA 95932Tel: 530-458-0508 Website: http://www.countyofcolusa.org/99/Public-Health Contra Costa Contra Costa County Public Health 597 Center Avenue, Suite 200Martinez, California 94553Tel: (925) 313-6712 Website: https://cchealth.org/public-health/ Del Norte Del Norte Public Health Branch 400 L StreetCrescent City, CA 95531 Tel: (707) 464-0861 Website: http://www.co.del-norte.ca.us/departments/health-human-services/public-health El Dorado El Dorado Public Health Programs & Services 931 Spring StreetPlacerville, CA 95667Tel: (530) 621-6100 Website: https://www.edcgov.us/PublicHealth/ Fresno Fresno County Department of Public Health 1221 Fulton Street, Fresno, CA 93721Tel: (559) 600-3200 Website: https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health Glenn Glenn Public Health 240 North Villa Ave Willows, CA 95988Tel: (530) 934-6588 Website: https://www.countyofglenn.net/dept/health-human-services/public-health/welcome Humboldt Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services 529 I St.Eureka, CA 95501Tel: (707) 445-6200 Website: https://humboldtgov.org/330/Public-Health Imperial Imperial County Public Health Department 935 Broadway, El Centro, CA 92243Tel: (442) 265-1444 Website: http://www.icphd.org/ Inyo Inyo County Department of Health and Human Services 207 A West South StBishop, CA93514 Tel:(760) 873-7868 Website: https://www.inyocounty.us/services/health-human-services/public-health-and- prevention-division Kern Kern County Public Health Services Department 1800 Mt.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan Recommendations for Testing of Health Care Personnel (HCP) and Residents at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)

AFL 20-53.2 From the California Department of Public Health  July 31, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan Recommendations for Testing of Health Care Personnel (HCP) and Residents at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-53.1) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides recommendations from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for SNFs developing COVID-19 Mitigation Plans.

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