Nursing Homes Cited with Infection Control Deficiencies during the Pandemic: Poor Results In Health Inspections, Low Staffing Levels

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.[1]   The Center has now analyzed the information on Nursing Home Compare for the 160 facilities that were cited with infection control deficiencies.[2] By various measures, these facilities provide poor quality care.

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Trump Administration’s Roll-back of Health Care Rights Is Another Attack

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.

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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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Letter to CMS Seeks Better Protections for Nursing Home Residents During Crisis

Forty-five national and state organizations, including CANHR, signed on to a letter that was sent today to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator. The letter calls for immediate actions by CMS to better protect nursing home residents’ rights and safety during the pandemic. .pf-button.pf-button-excerpt { display: none; }

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