House Hearing Scrutinizes ‘Horror’ of Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes

By Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News, March 25, 2021 For the second time in as many weeks, federal lawmakers scrutinized private equity investment in nursing homes as the probes into the COVID-19 disaster in long-term care continue to intensify. “How many grandmothers and grandfathers died because profits were prized above lives, with our taxpayer dollars funding this?” Rep.

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Advocates for the elderly call on Biden administration to do more to vaccinate seniors against Covid-19

By Jen Christensen, CNN, March 24 2021 In early April, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program that delivered Covid-19 vaccines to long-term care facilities should be complete. With cases dropping faster than among the general public, the CDC calls the program a real success, but advocates are concerned about what happens when it ends. As of Tuesday, more than 43% ofAmericans 65 and older are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the CDC.

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Nursing home residents need to be allowed an “Essential Support Person” during times of crisis | Opinion

Opinion by the Rev. Judy Young, Penn Live Patriot-News, March 23 2021 Retired history professor Charlotte Smith Bode was born in 1920 and like many of our “Greatest Generation,” now lives in a nursing home. I’m proud to be her daughter. While my father was earning the Croix de Guerre in North Africa, Charlotte was doing assembly-line quality control for B-52s, both to support the Allies and to pay her way through earning a Phd in American history.

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New Visitation Guidelines for RCFE Residents

After a year of stringent restrictions imposed because of COVID-19, the California Department of Social Services (DSS) released new guidance on March 19, 2021 significantly relaxing restrictions on visitors to Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE).  The guidance also relaxes restrictions on communal dining and group activities, and on residents returning from outings.  Set forth in PIN 21-17-ASC, the guidance is effective immediately.

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Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2

AFL 21-08.2 From the California Department of Public Health March 23, 2021 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs) Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APHs) Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (This AFL supersedes AFL 21-08.1) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary The purpose of this AFL is to provide health care facilities with updated guidance on exposure risk assessment and the duration of quarantine for SARS-CoV-2 exposed HCP working in hospitals and SNFs and SNF residents.This revision includes updated risk assessment and quarantine guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for HCP working in hospitals and SNFs and SNF residents who have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

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Updated Visitation Fact Sheet Released

CANHR has reviewed the various federal and California guidance regarding visitation in long term care facilities and synthesized the rules into a new fact sheet to guide residents and their families.  The fact sheet highlights the types of visitation nursing homes and residential care facilities for the elderly must provide and under what conditions as well as the infection control protocols facilities may impose during visits.   Download the Fact Sheet HERE (PDF) .pf-button.pf-button-excerpt { display: none; }

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UPDATED STATEWIDE WAIVER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AND VISITATION; COMMUNAL DINING; GROUP ACTIVITIES; NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICES; OUTINGS; AND NEW ADMISSIONS

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-17-ASC March 19, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM RESIDENTIAL LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: UPDATED STATEWIDE WAIVER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AND VISITATION; COMMUNAL DINING; GROUP ACTIVITIES; NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICES; OUTINGS; AND NEW ADMISSIONS Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-17-ASC informs Adult and Senior Care (ASC) residential licensees of updates to the statewide waiver for visitation, and updates to guidance on communal dining, group activities, non-essential services, residents returning from outings and new admissions.

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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 21-04-HCS March 18, 2021 TO: HOME CARE ORGANIZATION LICENSEES 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 21-04-HCS informs Home Care Organization (HCO) licensees of a statewide waiver for general tuberculosis (TB) testing and clearance requirements for home care aides (HCAs).

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Guidelines for 3.5 Direct Care Service Hours Per Patient Day (DHPPD) Staffing Audits

AFL 21-11 From the California Department of Public Health March 17, 2021 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Guidelines for 3.5 Direct Care Service Hours Per Patient Day (DHPPD) Staffing Audits (This AFL supersedes AFL 19-16) AUTHORITY:     Health and Safety Code (HSC) sections 1276.5 and 1276.65 and                             Welfare and Institutions Code (W&I) section 14126.022 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary In accordance with HSC sections 1276.5 and 1276.65, and W&I section 14126.022, this notice provides updated guidelines for facility requirements during state audits for compliance with the 3.5 DHPPD staffing requirements, of which a minimum of 2.4 DHPPD shall be performed by certified nurse assistants (CNAs).The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is replacing AFL 19-16 with AFL 21-11 to clarify the requirements and guidelines for the 3.5 and/or 2.4 (CNA) DHPPD staffing requirements in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

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CONTINUING CARE CONTRACTS – ARBITRATION CLAUSE

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-02-CCR March 13, 2021 TO: ALL CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PROVIDERS Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINES Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: CONTINUING CARE CONTRACTS – ARBITRATION CLAUSE Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-02-CCR informs Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) providers (as defined in Health and Safety Code section 1771(p)(10)) of a recent court decision that may affect the arbitration clause in their continuing care contracts.

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