PRESS RELEASE: L.A. COUNTY, CITY OF L.A., CURATIVE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO VACCINATE RESIDENTS AND STAFF AT NURSING HOMES

Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center December 28, 2020 Contact:Los Angeles County Joint Information Centerpio@ceooem.lacounty.gov L.A. COUNTY, CITY OF L.A., CURATIVE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO VACCINATE RESIDENTS AND STAFF AT NURSING HOMES To date, 66,000 Los Angeles County health care workers have received the COVID-19 vaccine Los Angeles County today announced the launch of a partnership with the City of Los Angeles and public health service startup Curative to deliver and administer the COVID-19 Moderna vaccines to staff and residents of Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) in Los Angeles County.

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COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING DIVISION: UPDATED COVID-19 QUARANTINE GUIDANCE

Courtesy of the CDSS Primary Audience:  ALL COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING DIVISION LICENSEES  California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Quarantine Guidance On December 14, 2020, CDPH updated quarantine guidance for those that were in close contact to a COVID-19 positive person. Please see the updated quarantine guidance at COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance which applies to all CDSS licensed facilities.

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COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING DIVISION: THE PLAYBOOK FOR COVID-19

Courtesy of the CDSS The California Department of Social Services’ (CDSS) Community Care Licensing Division has released: THE PLAYBOOK FOR COVID-19. Primary Audience: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE (ASC) PROGRAM LICENSEES Summary:The Playbook for COVID-19 provides guidance to ASC licensees, administrators and caregivers on COVID-19 safety precautions, including sanitation and disinfection, physical distancing, and other guidance to assist facilities in their response to COVID-19. An electronic copy of THE PLAYBOOK FOR COVID-19 is available for viewing/downloading by clicking on the following link:The Playbook for COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the CCLD homepage for updated information regarding COVID-19.

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Rising Cases in Long-term Care Facilities Are Cause for Concern

By Priya Chidambaram, Courtesy of the Kaiser Family Foundation Over the last month, many states have seen a surge of coronavirus cases, particularly in states that have loosened social distancing requirements. Data shows that younger people make up a growing percentage of new coronavirus cases in cities and states, and much recent media coverage has focused on the resurgence of the pandemic being driven by cases among younger adults.

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CMS Liberalizes Visitation to Nursing Homes. . . A Little

Courtesy of the Center for Medicare Advocacy The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently revised its guidance on visitations to nursing facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic via seven Frequently Asked Questions.[1] CMS is authorizing additional, more flexible guidance on visitation, while reiterating the need for screening, social distancing, hand hygiene, and face coverings during all visits.

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24/7 Free Medi-Nurse Advice Line for COVID-19

Courtesy of the California Department of Health Care Services DHCS launched a free, 24/7 Medi-Nurse advice line (877) 409-9052 to answer questions about COVID-19 for anyone who: ·         Doesn’t have insurance, or ·         Is a Medi-Cal beneficiary but doesn’t have a regular doctor or managed care plan to oversee their care. The nurses who field the questions can help callers: ·         Understand if symptoms might be related to COVID-19 ·         Determine whether they need to self-isolate ·         Decide if they need to see a doctor to get tested and/or treated ·         Connect with a Medi-Cal provider who can help them get enrolled Flyers and social media content to share are on the DHCS website (dhcs.ca.gov/medi-nurse).

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Max Huntsman Appointed Interim Inspector General For LA County Skilled Nursing Home Facilities

Courtesy of The Executive Office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors For Immediate Release June 26, 2020 The Executive Office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced Max Huntsman has been appointed as interim Inspector General to oversee the County’s skilled nursing home facilities, effective today. On May 26, the Board voted unanimously to appoint an Inspector General to oversee skilled nursing home facilities, which account for more than half of the County’s deaths from COVID-19.

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Center for Medicare Advocacy Releases Issue Brief Regarding Medicare and Family Caregivers

Courtesy of the Center for Medicare Advocacy The Center for Medicare has written an Issue Brief, Medicare and Family Caregivers, as part of collaborative work to advance the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, Public Law 115-119 (1/22/2018). The RAISE Act directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and maintain a national family caregiver strategy that identifies actions and support for family caregivers in the United States.

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How the ACA is Helping the Older Adults Most Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Courtesy of Justice in Aging COVID-19 is putting a spotlight on our nation’s healthcare system—exposing both the ways in which programs that serve older adults are essential and the gaps. In particular, the pandemic is emphasizing how older adults’ lives are at stake in California v. Texas, when the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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