Survey Priorities during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

AFL 20-69.1 From the California Department of Public Health March 1, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT:Survey Priorities during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-69) ​AUTHORITY:Health and Safety Code section 1278 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL describes the surveys that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic.This revision is being updated to announce the discontinuing of Mitigation Surveys and the resumption of relicensing and recertification surveys in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) April 1, 2021.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified ADHC Requirements

AFL 20-34.3 From the California Department of Public Health  March 1, 2021 TO: Adult Day Health Care Centers (ADHCs) SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified ADHC Requirements (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-34.2) ​AUTHORITY:     Executive Order N-35-20 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies ADHCs of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This revision extends the waiver until June 1, 2021.This revision also rescinds the temporary waiver of Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 1575.7.

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Governor Newsom, Pro Tem Atkins and Speaker Rendon Highlight New $6.6 Billion Package to Reopen Schools and Deepen Student Supports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Monday, March 1, 2021 Contact: Governor’s Press Office(916) 445-4571 SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon today highlighted an agreement on a $6.6 billion budget package to accelerate the safe return to in-person instruction across California and empower schools to immediately expand academic, mental health and social-emotional supports, including over the summer.   

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STATEWIDE WAIVERS FOR LICENSING REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO TUBERCULOSIS (TB) TESTING AND CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) VACCINE

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-03-CCLD February 26, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES ALL CHILDREN’S RESIDENTIAL LICENSEES ALL CHILD CARE LICENSEES AND PROVIDERS Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINES Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: STATEWIDE WAIVERS FOR LICENSING REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO TUBERCULOSIS (TB) TESTING AND CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) VACCINE Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-03-CCLD informs Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) licensees of the Adult and Senior Care (ASC)* and Children’s Residential (CRP) Programs and licensees and providers and of the Child Care Program (CCP) of a statewide waiver for tuberculosis (TB) testing specific to the timing of COVID-19 vaccinations for licensees, providers, and staff.

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Column: How did a home built for Japanese American seniors become the state’s deadliest nursing facility?

By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, March 1 2021 A wave of coronavirus infections and deaths hit the Kei-Ai Los Angeles Healthcare Center over the holidays. It has recorded at least 97 COVID-19 deaths. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Tracy and her family agonized over moving her grandmother from the nursing facility in Boyle Heights where she had lived comfortably for four years, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

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MENTAL HEALTH AND SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME REQUIRED SURVEY FOR ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-13-ASC February 26, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: MENTAL HEALTH AND SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME REQUIRED SURVEY FOR ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-13-ASC informs providers of a recent survey that has been distributed via email and will be distributed annually to all licensees of Adult Residential Facilities (ARFs) and Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified PCC and MHCU Requirements

AFL 20-30.2 From the California Department of Public Health  February 26, 2021 TO: Primary Care Clinics (PCCs)Mobile Health Care Units (MHCUs) SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified PCC and MHCU Requirements (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-30.1) ​AUTHORITY: Executive Order N-35-20 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies PCCs and MHCUs of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This revision extends the waiver for any clinics conducting COVID-19 vaccinations until June 1, 2021.

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Biden Administration Strengthens Requirements that Plans and Issuers Cover COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Without Cost Sharing and Ensures Providers are Reimbursed for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2021 Contact: CMS Media Relations CMS Media Inquiries Biden Administration Strengthens Requirements that Plans and Issuers Cover COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Without Cost Sharing and Ensures Providers are Reimbursed for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured In accordance with the Executive Order President Biden signed on January 21, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), together with the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury, (collectively, the Departments) issued new guidance today removing barriers to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and vaccinations and strengthening requirements that plans and issuers cover diagnostic testing without cost sharing.

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The Loneliest Room, for My Sister in a Nursing Home

By Susan Nusser, NY Times, February 26 2021 Lucy Jones The pandemic has stolen away the chance to surround the sister we are losing to dementia with our love, so that she does not have to face death alone. When I saw my sister Peggy in her nursing home last June, she was sitting up in bed, leaning forward slightly and staring into the corner of her room.

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Nursing Homes, Once Hotspots, Far Outpace U.S. in Covid Declines

By Matthew Conlen, Sarah Mervosh and Danielle Ivory, New York Times, February 25 2021 Throughout the pandemic, there has been perhaps nowhere more dangerous than a nursing home. The coronavirus has raced through some 31,000 long-term care facilities in the United States, killing more than 163,000 residents and employees and accounting for more than a third of all virus deaths since the late spring.

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