Some Louisiana nursing homes are undercounting coronavirus deaths, coroner data reveals

By Gordon Russell, NOLA, September 20 2020 Maison Orleans. Staff Photo by Scott Threlkeld At least eight residents of the Maison Orleans nursing home in Uptown New Orleans have died from the coronavirus — according to records provided by the Orleans Parish coroner’s office, anyhow. But the state Department of Health only lists three Maison Orleans residents among Louisiana’s 5,172 COVID-19 deaths.

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A tale of two Southern California nursing homes in the era of coronavirus

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, September 16 2020 One facility was hit hard – 50-plus COVID cases and more than a dozen deaths. Another endured only 3 cases and just one patient died. Many factors likely figure in the difference. Administrator Hrag Bekerian felt confident, he said, that they were taking the right precautions at Gem Transitional Care Center before the coronavirus struck.

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Federal Memo Restores Nursing Home Visits!

On September 17th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo to the states, restoring visitation in nursing homes.  CMS is requiring facilities to permit visitation whenever a facility has had no new COVID outbreaks for 14 days and the community positivity rate is less than 10%.  Facilities required to permit visitation are encouraged to have outdoor visitation, weather permitting, but are also required to accommodate indoor visitation, including in resident rooms, when outdoor visits are unavailable.

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CMS Announces Transformative and Innovative Specialty Care Models for Medicare Beneficiaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces Transformative New Model of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Kidney Disease Model focuses on reducing costs and improving quality of care for patients Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has finalized the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model, to improve or maintain the quality of care and reduce Medicare expenditures for patients with chronic kidney disease.

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CMS Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2020 CMS Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients Radiation Oncology Model will modernize Medicare payments for radiotherapy services Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new Innovation Center model expected to improve the quality of care for cancer patients receiving radiotherapy and reduce Medicare expenditures through bundled payments that allow providers to focus on delivering high-quality treatments.

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More visitors needed to stem COVID-19 in nursing homes

Commentary by Thomas D. Elias, Napa Valley Register, September 17 2020 FILE – In this April 8, 2020 file photo, a patient at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, Calif., is evacuated to a waiting ambulance. Officials in Riverside County have filed a complaint over conditions at the skilled nursing facility that was evacuated after staff failed to show up for work during a coronavirus outbreak.

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Nursing Homes Given Federal Go-Ahead To Allow More Visitors

By Ina Jaffe, NPR, September 17 2020 Larry Yarbroff visits his wife Mary at Chaparral House in Berkeley, Calif. in July. California health authorities had allowed some visits to resume, and now federal regulators are doing the same, with measures to try to block the spread of the coronavirus.Jeff Chiu/AP The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulate nursing facilities, are lifting the ban on visitors, effective immediately.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Home Health Agency Requirements

AFL 20-72 From the California Department of Public Health  September 17, 2020 TO: Home Health Agencies SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Home Health Agency Requirements ​AUTHORITY:     Executive Order N-75-20 (PDF) ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies home health agencies of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Task force says nursing homes need more aid. Critics say industry should step up.

By Will Englund, The Washington Post, September 17 2020 The special panel urged the Trump administration and states to provide more resources but some say it failed to hold industry and regulators accountable. Lynn Foley, right, of Deerfield Beach, reaches out to her mother, Vernice Huff, as they celebrate her 100th birthday at John Knox Village recently in Pompano Beach, Fla.

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Nursing Home Commission Reveals Divisions Over Response to Covid-19 and Recommends Immediate Improvements

By Eleanor Laise, BARRON’S, Sept. 17, 2020 An ambulance pulls up outside of the Cobble Hill Health Center on April 18, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City during the coronavirus pandemic. An independent commission set up by the Trump administration to assess the impact of Covid-19 on nursing homes released dozens of recommendations on Wednesday but also revealed divisions over how to respond to the crisis.

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