So reads the headline of a highly disturbing CalMatters article about the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issuing licenses by mistake to a nursing home operator it has found in other instances to be unfit.
On August 11, Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Bob Casey, Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and several other senators introduced the Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act of 2021.
As a new surge attributed to the Delta variant takes hold throughout the State, nursing home residents and their families may be relieved to hear that California has issued the nation’s first order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers.
Health Care Decisionmaking for Unrepresented Nursing Home Residents in 2021 and BeyondEight years after CANHR filed a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Health and Safety Code Section 1418.8 (“Section 1418.8”), California finally has a better law for balancing the health care needs and rights of “unrepresented” nursing home residents.
In this Issue
- New State Vaccination Rule for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
- How Many Staff Members are Vaccinated at Your Nursing Home
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Restores Tougher Penalties for Nursing Home Violations
- New California Budget to Phase Out Medi-Cal Asset Test and Bring Other Reforms
- New Penalties for Nursing Homes that Defy State Readmission Orders
- Support HR 3733 New Federal Legislation to Protect Resident Visitation in Future Pandemics
- California Legislative Reforms Moving Forward
- Eighty-Eight Percent of California Nursing Homes Overdue for Inspections
- CANHR Resources July 21st Zoom Town Hall on The Current State of Visitation Rights in Long Term Care Facilities
New State Vaccination Rule for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
The State of California has taken an important step to safeguard the wellbeing of residents of long term care by mandating that virtually all facilities providing care in congregate settings take steps to ensure that their workers are vaccinated.
CANHR Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel is featured on a new podcast from the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care discussing long term care facility residents who are labeled “a bad fit.” Residents and their advocates often feel shame and impotence about dementia-related behaviors and are hesitant to address the failures in care that cause such behaviors.