Vaccine Mandates for RCFE Workers Start November 30

Following a state and federal requirement for nursing home staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19, the state Department of Public Health has issued a second order covering staff of adult and senior care homes, including Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).  The order requires all staff, outside care providers, and other workers who come into the facility to be fully vaccinated by November 30.  The Department of Social Services issued a notice to adult and senior care homes, telling them of the new mandate.

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CANHR Joins Labor and Civil Rights Organizations Supporting the Rights of LGBTQ Long Term Care Residents

CANHR has joined with Justice in Aging and LGBTQ Senior Organizations to submit an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court, asking the court to review a Court of Appeal decision that invalidated the “pronoun provision” of the LGBT Long Term Care Facility Residents Bill of Rights.  The brief supports the argument of the Attorney General and joins other amici in requesting review of the lower court decision.

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Vaccination Rates for Nursing Home Staff and Residents Now Available on Care Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a September 21, 2021 press release that it has added a new feature to its Care Compare website to make it easier to check COVID-19 vaccination rates for nursing home staff and residents.

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CMS Trashes State Abandonment of Dumped Residents

In a major development for CANHR’s six-year effort to force the State of California to enforce its own orders requiring nursing homes to readmit unlawfully evicted residents, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has opined that California’s position in the case is mistaken.

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New York Times Calls Out Resident Drugging Hidden by Phony Diagnoses

A New York Times story has called out the growing use of fake schizophrenia diagnoses in nursing homes.  These fake diagnoses conceal the drugging of residents from the public via a shoddy “quality measure” used in the CMS 5-star ratings system. 

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September 2021

In this Issue

Please send letters urging Governor Newsom to sign AB279 into law

Residents of skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities throughout the State came one step closer to a reprieve on August 31, when AB 279 was enrolled in the state legislature.  

Long Term Care Facility Visitation Lockouts Due to COVID Outbreaks – Are They Legal?

Despite the ongoing pandemic, in-person visitation is mandatory in California long term care facilities.  However, a number of facilities are shutting down all in-person visitation indefinitely when a staff member or resident tests positive for COVID-19.  Generally, these visitation lockouts are illegal.

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