Courtesy of the CDSS Download and read the CDSS Summer 2020 Quarterly Updates (PDF)
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.
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. 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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
Courtesy of the Center for Medicare Advocacy Since March 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has limited surveys to two types: targeted infection control surveys and complaints and facility-reported incidents that states triage as immediate jeopardy. The Center for Medicare Advocacy analyzed the infection control surveys released by CMS on June 4, 2020 and found that less than 3% of 5724 infection control surveys resulted in infection control deficiencies; 163 infection control deficiencies were cited at 162 nursing facilities. The Center has now analyzed the information on Nursing Home Compare for the 160 facilities that were cited with infection control deficiencies. By various measures, these facilities provide poor quality care.
Courtesy of Justice in Aging The Trump Administration has once again blatantly attacked the civil rights of low-income older adults who are LGBTQ, limited English proficient (LEP), and others who experience discrimination in health care in our country. Last week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights finalized dangerous and far reaching changes to regulations implementing the Health Care Rights Law, also known as Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability in health programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
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 and on March 20, CMS limited surveys to two types: targeted infection control surveys and complaint/facility-reported incidents triaged as immediate jeopardy. Three months later, CMS released infection control survey data for 5724 nursing facilities that were conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic.