Strict Rules Apply, But Visitors Will Be Allowed Back In New York Nursing Homes

By Scott Neuman, NPR, July 10 2020 Gloria DeSoto, 92, right, visits with her family, in their car, from a window of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, in New York, last month. Seth Wenig/AP After months of prohibiting in-person visits to relatives in nursing homes amid COVID-19 fears, New York says it will begin easing those restrictions for facilities that are certified as virus-free.

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Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aides (HHAs)

AFL 20-49.1 From the California Department of Public Health July 10, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aides (HHAs) (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-49) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for HHAs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.This AFL has been updated to provide a deadline for HHAs to complete Live Scan submission requirements following the resumption of Live Scan services.

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Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)

AFL 20-35.1 From the California Department of Public Health July 10, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT:Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-35) ​AUTHORITY:      Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF) and Executive Orders N-27-20 (PDF) and N-39-20 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for CNAs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.This AFL has been updated to provide a deadline for CNAs to complete Live Scan submission requirements following the resumption of Live Scan services.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified ADHC Requirements

AFL 20-34.2 From the California Department of Public Health July 10, 2020 TO: Adult Day Health Care Centers (ADHCs) SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified ADHC Requirements (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-34.1) ​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 AFL has been updated to extend the waiver until March 1, 2021.This AFL has been updated to provide a deadline for ADHCs to complete Live Scan submission requirements following the resumption of Live Scan services.

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CMS Directs Additional Resources to Nursing Homes in COVID-19 Hotspot Areas

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the agency’s targeted approach to provide additional resources to nursing homes in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) hotspot areas.  Specifically, CMS plans to deploy Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) across the country to provide immediate assistance to nursing homes in the hotspot areas as identified by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

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CMS Issues Clarifications on How to Obtain Additional Coverage during the Pandemic

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to clarify instructions on authorized Medicare coverage waivers and modifications due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) through a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) publication.[1] In a CMA Alert last month, the Center for Medicare Advocacy presented a case study that described the circumstances under which a beneficiary may qualify for an additional 100 days of coverage in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) due to the PHE.[2] CMS has recently confirmed that “beneficiaries who do not themselves have a COVID-19 diagnosis may nevertheless be affected by the PHE.”[3] CMS clarified that if “the beneficiary is receiving the very same course of treatment as if the emergency had never occurred”, the beneficiary would not qualify for additional SNF days.[4] However, the qualification states that a “determination basically involves comparing the course of treatment that the beneficiary has actually received to what would have been furnished absent the emergency.

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Largest Hospice Care Company Accused of Putting Healthy Profits Over Public Health

By Alexis Rivas, Dorian Hargrove and Tom Jones, NBC7 San Diego, July 9 2020 Employees of Vitas Healthcare say the company pushed them to gain access into nursing homes despite COVID-19 restrictions Workers for the nation’s largest for-profit hospice care provider say the company has put their health and safety, and the lives of thousands of nursing home residents and employees, at risk of catching COVID-19, all to make an extra buck.

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City attorney accuses L.A. nursing home of dumping patients to profit from coronavirus

By Jack Dolan and Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, July 9 2020 L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer filed a lawsuit this week accusing Lakeview Terrace nursing home in Westlake of dumping patients and other wrongdoing.(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) As the coronavirus continues its deadly march through Southern California nursing homes, the Lakeview Terrace skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles has been illegally “dumping” old and disabled residents onto the street and into homes that are not equipped to care for them, according to the city attorney.

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