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CMS Guidance on Coronavirus Raises Concerns About Unmet Care Needs and Poor Oversight – LTCCC

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COVID-19 (more commonly known as coronavirus) is a pandemic, which means that the disease has spread worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While the virus may be fatal in all age groups, it poses a significant risk to older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions. The Read More >>

Residents Fear Nursing Home Legal Immunity Amid Crisis – Barron’s

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Advocates and attorneys for nursing home residents warn that many states – including New York – have granted immunity to skilled nursing facilities for care they provide during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a story by Eleanor Laise in Barron’s. Advocates for the elderly fear that such blanket protection will make it easier for facilities to cover up negligence and the abuse of elderly Read More >>

John Dalli: Elderly Nursing Home Residents Still At Risk Despite Cuomo’s Revised Policies on Staff Testing and Reporting – New York Post

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Governor Cuomo’s new executive order requiring staff testing and reporting at nursing homes during this pandemic does nothing to keep elderly residents from risk, according to John Dalli, a partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino LLP, in the May 13 edition of the New York Post. Dalli says these risks are compounded by the immunity these skilled nursing facilities now have in providing Read More >>

Tips for Those With Loved Ones In Care Facilities During Pandemic – Newsday

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Families with loved ones in nursing homes have many questions about letting them remain in those facilities during the COVID-19 crisis. NEWSDAY’s Robert Brodsky has researched answers to some of these difficult questions, including: How can you determine if your loved one’s facility is safe? Should family members pull their loved ones from nursing homes or assisted living facilities and Read More >>

Dalli & Marino’s John Dalli Discusses Governor Cuomo’s “Puzzling” Responses to Nursing Homes Hit by COVID-19 on FOX NEWS’ “The Story With Martha MacCallum”

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John Dalli, a partner in elder abuse law firm Dalli & Marino LLP, appeared on FOX NEWS’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on May 5 to discuss COVID-19’s devastating impact on nursing homes as well as Governor Cuomo’s recent “puzzling” directives for these facilities. Dalli told MacCallum that New York State’s vulnerable nursing home residents were already at risk before Cuomo mandated all Read More >>

Governor Cuomo: “Protecting Nursing Home Residents Is Our Top Priority” During New York’s COVID-19 Outbreak

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Early in his COVID-19 press briefing today, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared, “Protecting nursing homes residents is our top priority” before outlining additional rules that skilled nursing facilities must follow during this pandemic which has claimed the lives of over 3,500 New York State nursing home residents. The Governor explained how the nursing home system works in the state of New York:  Read More >>

Nursing Home COVID-19 Reporting Rules To Be Strengthened – NPR

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The federal government will now require all U.S. nursing homes to disclose to residents and their families if staff or any other residents have contracted the coronavirus according to NPR. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says notification must come within the first 12 hours of a confirmed coronavirus case in a skilled nursing facility. Residents and families must be told Read More >>

Four Tips For Seniors To Stay Connected During Coronavirus Outbreak – PBS

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Social engagement for older Americans is essential for their physical and mental well-being. But the COVID-19 pandemic makes that a challenge, which becomes even harder if they reside in a nursing home, or skilled nursing facility. Laurie Archibald-Pannone, a geriatrician at the University of Virginia offers tips for the elderly to stay connected in her article on The Conversation, re-published Read More >>

New York State Health Department Not Disclosing Which Nursing Homes Have Coronavirus – Spectrum Local News

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The New York State Health Department will not release information about the number of positive COVID-19 cases in nursing homes and related deaths in specific facilities across the state because of privacy issues, according to Spectrum Local News. “The nursing home is in many ways where they live,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “It’s not like when you go into a hospital and then Read More >>

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Discusses Measures for Enhancing Enforcement, Sparking Concerns About Upcoming Rollbacks

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On February 18, 2020, Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a blog post on CMS’s five part strategy to improve nursing home quality and safety. The focus of this post was on the second pillar of the initiative: enhancing enforcement. As Administrator Verma correctly states, “CMS bears the responsibility to develop and enforce quality and Read More >>