‘We have no business taking victory laps:’ Just as conditions were improving, second wave of COVID-19 strikes California nursing homes

By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, November 21 2020 SAN JOSE CA – NOVEMBER 18: On outbreak of COVID has been reported at Atria Willow Glen, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in San Jose, Calif., (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Large outbreaks at two San Jose care facilities are among the Bay Area’s surging COVID-19 cases Despite remaining sequestered inside their walls for more than eight months, almost totally isolated from family members and the outside world, residents of long-term care facilities across California now face another dangerous spread of the coronavirus in their midst.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection Control Recommendations during Holiday Celebrations

AFL 20-86.1 From the California Department of Public Health November 20, 2020 TO: Long-Term Care Facilities SUBJECT: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection Control Recommendations during Holiday Celebrations (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-86) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides COVID-19 infection control recommendations during holiday celebrations for residents, families, and facilities. This includes:Guidance for private gatheringsResident placement after returning to the facilityCommunal activities in facilitiesThis revision provides additional guidance for intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled – habilitative, nursing, and continuous nursing (ICF/DD-H-N-CN).

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CMS Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations Unprecedented additions to regulations that interpret “Stark Law” opens avenues for healthcare providers to ensure patients receive highest quality of care Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes to outdated federal regulations that have burdened health care providers with added administrative costs and impeded the health care system’s move toward value-based reimbursement.

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CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 18, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season Today, in advance of the approaching holiday season, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging nursing home staff, residents and visitors to follow established guidelines for visitation and adherence to the core principles of infection prevention.

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Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

By Matt Sedensky and Bernard Condon, Associated Press, November 18 2020 Sisters Barbara Leak-Watkins, right, and Alberta Lynn Fantroy pose with photos of their late father, Alex Leak Jr., at Watkins’ home in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The Army veteran died in July after collapsing from dehydration at his assisted-living facility, and the family believes pandemic-related neglect is to blame.

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COVID-19’s Deadly Lesson: Time To Revamp Long-Term Care

By Deborah Gastfreund Schuss, Health Affairs Blog, November 17 2020 At age 42, James Reilly has lived in a nursing facility for seven years because of a worsening seizure disorder that struck when he was born. Betsy and Tom Reilly have been by their son’s side each day, gently exercising his limbs, monitoring his oxygen, and being James’ “extra set of eyes” since he cannot speak for himself.

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CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action Agency thanks nursing homes whose staff have completed free CMS training, but urges remaining homes to take advantage of this resource Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publicly recognizing the 1,092 nursing homes at which 50% or more of their staff have completed CMS training designed to help staff combat the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes.

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Trump Administration Announces Medicare Fee-For-Service Estimated Improper Payments Decline by $15 Billion Since 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2020 **Updated 11/17/20** Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Announces Medicare Fee-For-Service Estimated Improper Payments Decline by $15 Billion Since 2016Continued reduction marks fourth year Medicare FFS improper payment rate has been below 10% The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the Medicare Fee- For-Service (FFS) improper payment rate has continued to decline, reinforcing the Trump Administration and CMS’ commitment to strengthening Medicare and protecting taxpayer dollars.

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Most indoor visits cease at San Diego County nursing homes as region drops to most restrictive tier

By Lauren J. Mapp, The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 14 2020 Norma Cazares poses in her Chula Vista home with a photograph of her aunt and mother on Friday, November 13. Her aunt lives in a skilled nursing home in El Cajon, which will stop indoor visitations due to the county reaching the most restrictive tier. 

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California nursing homes see surge in coronavirus cases amid statewide spike

By Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, November 12 2020 Nurses from John Muir Medical Center suited up in April before entering Orinda Care Center, where dozens of residents and staff members had tested positive for coronavirus.Photo: Noah Berger / Special to The Chronicle Coronavirus cases are starting to surge again in California nursing homes amid a third deadly wave of the virus.

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