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New Developments

  • Changes to CMS 5-star Rating System a Welcome Change
    CANHR releases two press statements on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ changes to Nursing Home Compare. These are a welcome start to CMS’s plans to improve the accuracy of public information that families use to evaluate nursing homes. The changes are the first among several steps planned to increase the reliability of ratings that have often shown wide discrepancies – between residents’ experiences and state inspection results on one hand, and nursing homes’ self-reported information about their nurse staffing levels and performance on federal quality measurements on the other. Read CANHR's comments here:
    Read "Why We Need Payroll Data"...
    Read CANHR's Statement on CMS Nursing Home Compare Changes...
    (posted Feb 19, 2015)
  • Victory for Center for Investigative Reporting: Public Disclosure of Citations issued to Facilities for Developmentally Disabled
    In a major victory for the Center for Investigative Reporting and for advocates and the public, California's Supreme Court reversed an appellate court ruling that permitted the Department of Public Health to heavily redact citations issued to state owned long term care facilities for the Developmentally Disabled.
    (posted Feb 19, 2015)
  • Second Top Boss Leaves California Public Health Department
    The Sacramento Bee reports Kathleen Billingsley has announced she is resigning her position as second-in-command at the California Department of Public Health. CANHR has been calling for her to step down due to the extreme dysfunction within the Licensing & Certification Division during her tenure and the Department’s indifference to the plight of nursing home residents who have suffered abuse or neglect. CANHR calls on Governor Brown to swiftly appoint a new leadership team at the Department of Public Health. The new leaders should have the qualifications, experience and will to build the Licensing & Certification Division into a premier consumer protection agency that will protect the interests of nursing home residents and patients of other health facilities throughout California.
    (posted Feb 12, 2015)
  • How Does Aging Affect Financial Decision Making?
    A new study from the Center for Retirement Research “How does aging affect financial decision making?” The study followed a group of seniors of a period of time and measured their financial literacy. They also tracked the senior’s self-assessment on their confidence of their ability to make decisions.  The study’s finding was that the seniors financial literacy declined by about one percent per year while their confidence in their decision making ability remained relatively constant.  This, the study concluded, raises serious concerns over seniors retaining primary responsibility for managing their finances.  
    Click here to read the study...
    (posted Jan 29, 2015)

  • CMS Issues Guidance on CPR in Nursing Homes
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its guidance to surveyors to clarify a nursing home’s obligation to provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The revised guidance states that CPR certified staff must be available at all times. Staff must maintain current CPR certification through a CPR provider whose training includes hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable. Prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS), nursing homes must provide basic life support, including initiation of CPR, to a resident who experiences cardiac arrest in accordance with that resident’s advance directives or in the absence of advance directives or a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order.
    Click here for more information...

    (posted Jan 27, 2015)

  • Reporting Complaints or Concerns regarding Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs)

    The Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division (CCL) has launched a Centralized Complaint Unit. To file a complaint regarding an RCFE, community care or child care facility, call 1-844-LET-US-NO [1-844-5388766] or click here to find your local office.

    Pursuant to SB 895, a CANHR-sponsored bill that was part of the RCFE Reform Act of 2014, CCL has created a poster that RCFEs are required to display in their main entryway. The poster contains information on the appropriate reporting agency in case of a complaint or emergency.
    Click here for more information...
    (posted Jan 27, 2015)

  • Napa Dementia Care Symposium

    On March 13, CANHR will co-host its 12th Dementia Care Symposium in Napa. The event will feature Dr. Jonathan Evans, former President of the American Medical Directors Association, and Tena Alonzo, co-director of palliative care for advanced dementia at the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ. Both speakers will discuss dementia care that is based on comfort and avoids psychotropic drugs.
    Click here more information and how to register
    (posted Jan 23, 2015)

  • Governor Seeks Hundreds of New Positions for Department of Public Health

    Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for FY 2015-16 would add more than $30 million and about 260 positions for the Licensing & Certification Division of the California Department of Public Health and its subcontract with Los Angeles County.
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    (posted Jan 21, 2015)

  • Omnicare Facing New Federal Charges Involving Drugging of Nursing Home Residents

    On December 22, 2014, the U.S. Justice Department filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against Omnicare for soliciting and receiving tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks from Abbot Laboratories, the manufacturer of Depakote, between 1998 and 2008. Omnicare is the nation’s largest long term care pharmacy and supplier of pharmacy consulting services to nursing homes.

    (posted Jan 5, 2015)

  • NPR Hits on Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes
    In a three-part series, NPR recently took on the persistent problem of antipsychotics in nursing homes. Part 1 reviewed some very bad cases of antipsychotic misuse in California nursing homes. Part 2 criticized the federal government's effort to enforce nursing home rules regarding antipsychotic misuse and Part 3 focused on the good dementia care practices at Ecumen nursing homes in Minnesota that have led to dramatic decreases in antipsychotic usage.

    The NPR series does a great job of telling the story of antipsychotics in nursing homes: a frightening tale of chemical restraints from overmatched and frustrated nursing home staff, fostered by governmental failures, that is only now being rescued by the humane, comfort-centered approaches to care finally getting their due.
    (posted Dec 12, 2014)
  • Resignation of Department of Public Health Director Provides Opportunity for New Leadership at Troubled Agency

    The December 3, 2014 announcement by Dr. Ron Chapman that he is resigning his position as Director of the California Department of Public Health is welcome news to California nursing home residents. Dr. Chapman has shown little interest in the plight of nursing home residents who have increasingly been exposed to neglect and abuse under his watch. New leadership at the Department of Public Health is urgently needed and long overdue.
    (posted Dec 4, 2014)

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