Infection Control Surveys at Nursing Facilities: CMS Data Not Plausible

Courtest of the Center for Medicare Advocacy On March 4, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suspended non-emergency inspections of health care facilities[1] and on March 20, CMS limited surveys to two types: targeted infection control surveys and complaint/facility-reported incidents triaged as immediate jeopardy.[2]  Three months later, CMS released infection control survey data for 5724 nursing facilities that were conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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NEAL, PALLONE CALL ON CMS TO STOP NURSING FACILITIES FROM SEIZING RESIDENTS’ ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS

Jun 8, 2020  Press Release from the House Committee on Ways & Means Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been hotspots for COVID-19 and represent nearly one in three related deaths WASHINGTON, DC – Following reports that some nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been seizing residents’ economic impact payments (EIPs), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E.

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New Fact Sheet: California Budget Cuts Will Hurt Communities of Color the Most

Courtesy of Justice in Aging Governor Newsom’s revised budget makes deep cuts to nearly every program on which low-income older adults rely. The cuts to programs will be especially hard on older adults of color, who, because of systemic racism and discrimination, are at greater risk from COVID-19 and rely on these programs to survive. If enacted, these cuts will cause great harm to the health and economic security of the state’s low-income older adults and their families.

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Did a nursing home or assisted living facility take your stimulus check?

Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission May 15, 2020 By Lois Greisman Elder Justice Coordinator, FTC Do you or a loved one live in a nursing home or assisted living facility? Are you (or they) on Medicaid? If you said “yes” to both, please read on and prepare to get mad. We’ve been hearing that some facilities are trying to take the stimulus payments intended for their residents on Medicaid.

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The CA Care Rationing Coalition speaks out to stop discriminatory care rationing and to reject immunity

This Alert courtesy of the California Care Rationing Coalition “Governor Newsom has the chance to make a bold choice to lead with love, rather than being the kind of ‘white moderate’ who Dr. King lamented in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail …. to make California into a real-life Beloved Community, a real California for All” –  Ira X.

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CANHR undersigns Letter to Senate Opposing Immunity for Nursing Homes

Courtesy of Consumer Voice: Consumer Voice has sent a letter, along with other advocacy organizations, to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing granting immunity to nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. AARP also sent a letter on the same topic.  Giving immunity to nursing homes strips residents of their right to hold nursing homes accountable for substandard care.

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NY & NJ Allows Person With Disabilities With COVID-19 & Hospitalized to Have Support Person – Advocates Urge CA To Do Same

Courtesy of the California Disability-Senior Community Action Network SACRAMENTO, CA [BY MARTY OMOTO, CDCAN LAST UPDATED 04/28/2020 6:04 PM (PACIFIC TIME] The two states with the highest number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths – New York and New Jersey – issued guidance this month to general acute hospitals that allows for a support person to be with a person with disabilities – including developmental – diagnosed with coronavirus in those health facilities, with certain exceptions.

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California Identifies 261 Nursing Homes with Residents and Staff Who Have COVID-19 What Data’s Missing; What Action is Needed Now?

Californians finally got a partial glimpse of COVID-19’s epidemic impact within the state’s nursing homes on April 17th when state officials released an incomplete list of nursing homes that have residents or staff who are infected with the virus. Released on a Friday evening, the list identifies 261 nursing homes that have reported COVID-19 infections involving either a resident or a staff member.

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Beware COVID-19 Stimulus Check Direct Deposit Scams

There are phone, text and email scams currently targeting SSI (Supplemental Security Income) recipients to deprive them of their COVID-19 stimulus payment.The call (or text or email) tells them that if they give them their bank account numbers, they’ll then have the stimulus check directly deposited. As soon as the money is directly deposited from the IRS, the scammers take the money.

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