The House Ways & Means Committee has released a report examining the continued misuse of antipsychotic drugs in America’s nursing homes. While the report is a much needed analysis of the awful state of chemical restraint use in nursing homes, the report is also very frustrating as it comes forty-five years after a seminal Congressional hearing talking about the same exact problems.The new report highlights that, despite a highly-touted eight year old CMS campaign to reduce antipsychotics in nursing homes, the rate of residents given antipsychotics remains stubbornly high at 20%.
The notoriously mismanaged California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is back in the news again for all of the wrong reasons.
Outdoor visitation is now required in California nursing homes but many facilities have not gotten the memo. Here is a sample letter to use to distribute the memo and get outdoor visits for nursing home residents.
Two new studies have found a close relationship between RN staffing and COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes. The first study reviewed reported COVID-19 infections in California through May 4 and identified three factors associated with increased risk of COVID-19 in nursing homes: higher numbers of past health deficiencies, larger facilities with more residents, and lower federal 5-star ratings.
The Coalition for the Protection of Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities has issued a new brief opposing immunity for long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CANHR has reviewed the various federal and California guidance regarding visitation in long term care facilities and synthesized the rules into a new fact sheet to guide residents and their families.
In this Issue
- Please Lend Your Voice to Restore Visitation in Long Term Care Facilities
- New Policy from Department of Public Health Restores Some Visitation Rights in Nursing Homes
- New Guidance from Department of Social Services Restores Some Visitation Rights in Assisted Living Facilities
- Proposed Budget Cuts to Senior Programs Rejected
- Governor Signs Law Extending AB 1629 Reimbursement System for Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities Are Not Entitled to Residents’ Stimulus Checks
- SB 1207 (Jackson) on Backup Power in Skilled Nursing Facilities Passes Senate by 36-0 Vote, Moves on to the Assembly
- In Memoriam: Donna Myers Ambrogi
Please Lend Your Voice to Restore Visitation in Long Term Care Facilities
On June 30, CANHR launched a national effort to restore reasonable visitation to residents in long term care facilities through a safe, designated visitor program.
A recent podcast from the Long Term Care Community Coalition takes on the tragedy of the visitation ban in long term care facilities.
On June 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed into law AB 81, a budget bill that extends the Medi-Cal reimbursement system for freestanding skilled nursing facilities through the end of 2022.
On June 26, the California Department of Public Health released a new policy regarding visitation that, for the first time since March, REQUIRES nursing homes to permit visitors for outdoor and indoor visits.