CMS Liberalizes Visitation to Nursing Homes. . . A Little

Courtesty 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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Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

AFL 20-22.3 From the California Department of Public Health June 26, 2020 TO: Long-Term Care Facilities SUBJECT: Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (This AFL supersedes guidance provided in AFL 20-22.2) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies long-term care (LTC) facilities of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for improving their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including revised guidance for visitation.This AFL authorizes LTC facilities to temporarily modify their facility’s visitation policies in accordance with CMS and CDC COVID-19 guidance when necessary to protect the health and safety of residents, staff, and the public.This AFL updates visitation guidance in accordance with revised CMS guidance in order to safely reopen SNFs to visitors.

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Coronavirus Crisis: Skilled Nursing Visitation Guidelines as of 3/16/20

As part of continuing efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus to vulnerable people in nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which regulates most skilled nursing homes, has issued new and very stringent guidelines restricting nearly all nursing home visitors https://www.cms.gov/files/document/3-13-2020-nursing-home-guidance-covid-19.pdf.  While the right of nursing home residents to visitation is protected by law, under federal and state emergency declarations, these protections have been temporarily suspended to help prevent visitors from infecting residents whose age or illness may make them very susceptible to the virus.

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Visitation Guidelines for Residential Care, Assisted Living, and Board and Care Facilities for the Elderly as of March 16, 2020

As part of the state government’s continuing efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable people, the Community Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services (CCLD) has issued new, even stricter guidelines regarding visitor access to assisted living facilities housing California elders. It is important to note that while the CCLD now supports some extraordinary new measures to limit visitor access to facilities, it has also made clear that facility administrators must work to assist families and friends of residents to provide alternative forms of access and information.  As we explained in our update of March 13 , California protects the rights of residents to have visitors and to leave facilities (http://canhr.org/publications/PDFs/coronavirus_rcfe_guidelines_20200313.pdf).

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Visitation Guidelines for Residential Care, Assisted Living, and Board and Care Facilities for the Elderly as of March 13, 2020

Please note that this alert has been superseded by THIS ALERT (click link) and is retained here for reference only. In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable communities, the Community Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services (CCLD) is issuing new guidance on visitation for elders residing in assisted living facilities in California.  While these guidelines will pose many challenges for residents and their families during this health crisis, the new rules should not discourage the kind of close relationships that California seniors in these facilities depend on.

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Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines as of March 12, 2020

Please note that this alert has been superseded by THIS ALERT (click link) and is retained here for reference only. In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable communities, the Community Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services (CCLD) is issuing new guidance on visitation for elders residing in assisted living facilities in California.  While these guidelines will pose many challenges for residents and their families during this health crisis, the new rules should not discourage the kind of close relationships that California seniors in these facilities depend on.

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