GACH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Survey

AFL 20-81 From the California Department of Public Health October 12, 2020 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs) SUBJECT: GACH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Survey All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL requests all hospitals complete a survey to assist with COVID-19 vaccination planning. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requesting that all hospitals complete the survey by October 16, 2020.

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Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of Influenza during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

AFL 20-80 From the California Department of Public Health October 12, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of Influenza during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides recommendations to prevent and manage influenza outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Deadly outbreak at a Santa Cruz County nursing home shows risk still runs high

By Mallory Moench and Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, October 9 2020 An empty wheelchair can be seen in the alley between the Watsonville Nursing Home and the Post Acute Center on Oct. 8, 2020. Photo: Sara Gobets / Special to The Chronicle WATSONVILLE — Information was scarce and access to loved ones restricted Thursday as the worst possible scenario played out for family members of residents of the Watsonville Post-Acute Center — a coronavirus outbreak that has killed nine people and infected 61.

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Access to Salesforce for Resource Requests

AFL 20-79 From the California Department of Public Health October 9, 2020 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals SUBJECT: Access to Salesforce for Resource Requests All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL informs general acute care hospitals (GACHs) of the ability to access Salesforce to create and coordinate resource requests to their Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC).

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CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing Agency issues cease and desist letters to laboratories testing without appropriate certification The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking every action to ensure U.S. laboratories are fit to deliver reliable, accurate and timely patient test results for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by confirming Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) certifications are up- to-date.

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Pandemic Erects Barriers for Prized Bloc of Voters in Nursing Homes, Senior Facilities

By Rachel Bluth, CaliforniaHealthline, October 9 2020 Voting booths in a polling place set up in a retirement home in Carmichael, California on Nov. 4, 2014. (Mardis Coers/Contributor via Getty Images) The convergence of the coronavirus pandemic and election season has complicated this year’s voting for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care centers.

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Coronavirus outbreaks ravage nursing homes again, even after Newsom safety measures

By Maura Dolan and Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, October 8 2020 The Sundial Bridge in Redding. Coronavirus outbreaks have recently hit nursing homes in that Northern California city and also in Santa Cruz County. (William Koplitz / Getty Images) After a steady slide in the statewide number of new coronavirus infections at skilled nursing homes, facilities in Santa Cruz and Shasta Counties are grappling with severe outbreaks, with several dozen people at both places testing positive and residents dying of COVID-19.

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CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans made to Providers during COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans made to Providers during COVID-19 New recoupment terms allow providers and suppliers one additional year to start loan payments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced amended terms for payments issued under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program as required by recent action by President Trump and Congress.  This Medicare loan program allows CMS to make advance payments to providers and are typically used in emergency situations.  Under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act repayment will now begin one year from the issuance date of each provider or supplier’s accelerated or advance payment.  CMS issued $106 billion in payments to providers and suppliers in order to alleviate the financial burden healthcare providers faced while experiencing cash flow issues in the early stages of combating the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).

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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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An Inside Look At How Covid-19 Is Driving An Epidemic Of Loneliness In Nursing Homes

By Howard Gleckman, Forbes, October 8 2020 MARLBOROUGH, MA – AUGUST 19: Sr. Jeanne Fregeau, 93, waits for her morning medication at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence. Since COVID-19 spread through the facility in April the chapel has been closed, leaving the residents to watch Mass on television. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) What has it been like to live in a nursing home during the covid-19 pandemic?

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