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Nursing Home Visitation and Quarantine: Frequently Asked Questions & Advocacy Strategies for Families

May 14, 2021

This new document reviews some of the most frequent questions we are asked by family members.

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Tribute to Those Impacted by COVID-19

May 13, 2021

Consumer Voice has created a special webpage to honor and remember those we’ve lost during the lockdown.

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New Issue of the Resident Advocate Newsletter

May 04, 2021

The May 2021 issue of The Resident Advocate, a newsletter for residents of long-term care facilities, is now available.

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Consumer Voice Seeking Feedback on Resident and Family Member Experiences

May 04, 2021

Consumer Voice is seeking feedback from residents of long-term care facilities and their family members and friends about their experiences with visitation in the facility.

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New Podcast Episode on Using the CMS Guidance to Open Nursing Home Doors

April 30, 2021

A new episode of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care podcast is now available. In this conversation with Robyn Grant and Jocelyn Bogdan of Consumer Voice, learn about how residents, families, and advocates can use guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to facilitate in-person visitation.

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New CDC, CMS Guidance on Dining and Other Activities for Vaccinated Nursing Home Residents

April 27, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance today that lifts restrictions on dining and other activities for fully vaccinated nursing home residents.

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CMS Rescinds Emergency Waivers

April 09, 2021

CMS rescinds emergency waivers related to notice prior to discharge/transfer, care planning, and submission of Minimum Data Set. Waivers related to nurse aide training remain.

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Summary of CDC Guidance on Quarantine for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

April 07, 2021

On March 29, 2021, the CDC issued updated guidance regarding quarantining nursing home residents.

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Most Recent CMS Guidance on Visitation: Summary and Key Takeaways

April 01, 2021

On March 10, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revised visitation guidance.  Read our full summary along with our key takeaways and concerns.

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New Podcast Episode on Caring for Individuals with Dementia

March 31, 2021

Episode 12 of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care podcast is now available and features Dr. Jonathan Evans as he talks about caring for human beings with dementia.

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Call for Session Proposals for the 2021 Consumer Voice Virtual Conference

March 31, 2021

Consumer Voice is now accepting proposals for sessions at the 2021 Consumer Voice Virtual Conference, November 3-5, 2021.

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Consumer Voice Submits Statement for Record for Senate Committee on Finance Hearing on COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

March 30, 2021

Consumer Voice submitted a statement for the record for the March 17, 2021 Senate Committee on Finance hearing “A National Tragedy: COVID-19 in the Nations’ Nursing Homes.”

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Signed Into Law

March 11, 2021

Today, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The law includes funding for long-term care ombudsman programs, Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services, funding for COVID-19 vaccines, funding for the Elder Justice Act, and more.

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CMS Releases New Guidance Around Visitation for Nursing Homes

March 10, 2021

CMS released new guidance around visitation for nursing homes.  It is effective immediately.

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New Podcast Episode on the Effect of Lockdowns on Residents of Long-Term Care

March 05, 2021

A new episode of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care podcast features Consumer Voice’s Sam Brooks and Lori Smetanka discussing the devastating effects of lockdowns on residents of long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Consumer Voice, Other Advocates Call on CMS to Safely Open Nursing Home Doors

March 04, 2021

Consumer Voice, along with a number of other organizations and individuals, sent a letter with a detailed set of recommendations to CMS requesting that the agency take immediate measures to safely open the doors of nursing homes.

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New Podcast Episode on the Impact of Social Isolation on Nursing Home Residents During COVID-19

February 19, 2021

Episode 10 of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care Podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts. In March of 2020, as COVID-19 was spreading through nursing homes at alarming rates, nursing home doors were closed to outside visitors, keeping out families, friends and other members of the community. At the same time, most residents were required to stay in their rooms, doors often shut, having little contact with others. A survey of nursing home residents by Altarum provides a look at the impact of these restrictions on those living in the facilities, and the toll it has taken on their physical and emotional health.

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Statement on the New York Attorney General's Report on the Effect of COVID-19 on Nursing Homes in New York

February 05, 2021

The New York Attorney General released a preliminary report on the effect of COVID-19 on nursing homes in New York.

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New Podcast Episode on Advocating for Resident’s Rights and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

January 28, 2021

Episode 9 of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care Podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts. In this conversation with Bev Laubert, Ohio State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and Patty Ducayet, Texas State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, we discuss resident rights, the role of the Ombudsman program, and how residents can advocate for their rights in their facility.

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Lawsuit Alleges CMS Violated Enforcement Provisions

January 19, 2021

Consumer Voice joined a lawsuit filed by AARP Foundation and Constantine Cannon LLP alleging that CMS put residents at risk by limiting enforcement penalties.

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Consumer Voice Report on Effects of Lockdown on Long-Term Care Residents

January 19, 2021

Consumer Voice has published a report, The Devastating Effect of Lockdowns on Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19, based on responses from family members of residents of long-term care facilities.

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New Podcast Episode on Finding Real Solutions for Behavioral Health Needs in Persons with Dementia

January 15, 2021

Episode 8 of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care Podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts. Too often, caregivers are ill-equipped to address the needs of persons living with dementia, especially those related to behavioral health. In this episode we are sharing with you a presentation held at the 2020 Consumer Voice Virtual Conference. Listen as we explore strategies, effective treatments, and support for residents and families who often need help understanding their rights and how to get good care.

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CMS Revises Guidance about Infection Control Surveys

January 06, 2021

On January 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised a June 1, 2020 memo to State Survey Agency Directors regarding survey activities and issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the resumption of survey activities (QSO-20-31-ALL).

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Information on COVID-19 Vaccination Process

December 21, 2020

Visit our new webpage on the COVID-19 vaccination process for what we know so far, what consumers and advocates can do, and additional resources.

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CDC Panel Prioritizes Long-Term Care Residents and Workers for COVID-19 Vaccine

December 02, 2020

The immunization advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) affirmed that long-term care residents and healthcare workers will be given first access to a COVID-19 vaccine once authorized by the federal government.

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Consumer Voice and Other Advocates Send Letter to Senate Leaders Advocating for Better Protections for Nursing Home Residents

December 01, 2020

Consumer Voice, along with several other state and national advocacy organizations, sent a letter urging Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer to pass a COVID-19 relief package that would better protect nursing home residents.

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Holiday Visits and COVID-19

November 24, 2020

As COVID-19 rates are increasing throughout the country, the CDC and CMS have published recommendations for visiting with families and friends.  See our fact sheet summarizing these tips.

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Support Advocacy for Residents During COVID-19

November 24, 2020

Throughout the challenges of the past nine months, the Consumer Voice has steadfastly advocated for residents, educated and empowered families, and supported the advocacy of ombudsmen and citizen advocates. Help us continue our important work.

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New Podcast Episode on Understanding Person-Centered Care

November 20, 2020

Episode 7 of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care Podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts. During this discussion with Sonya Barsness, a Masters-prepared Gerontologist, and Lori Smetanka, Consumer Voice Executive Director, they talk about a philosophy that honors the needs, preferences, and goals of elders by emphasizing choice, self-determination, relationships, purposeful living, and other similar values.

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Consumer Voice Statement in Response to Associated Press's Article on Nursing Home Neglect Deaths

November 19, 2020

The Associated Press published an article today detailing the devastating effects short-staffing and facility lockdowns have had on residents of long-term care facilities since the pandemic began.

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New Podcast Episode on Family Advocacy During COVID-19

November 05, 2020

Episode 6 of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care Podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts. During this discussion with Robyn Grant and Jocelyn Bogdan of Consumer Voice, we talk about about how families can advocate for their loved ones and for all residents, both on the local level and nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Consumer Voice Submits Comments to CMS Regarding COVID-19 Testing of Staff and Residents in Nursing Homes

November 03, 2020

While Consumer Voice commends the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for implementing routine and mandatory testing in the proposed Interim Final Rule CMS-3401, we urged CMS to strengthen the rule in order to better protect nursing home residents.

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CMS Administrator Writes Letter on Voting Rights to Residents and Families

October 22, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma published a letter to nursing home residents and their families highlighting that long-term care facilities may not limit residents’ right to vote.

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New Podcast Episode on What to Look for and Questions to Ask as You Resume Visits in a Long-Term Care Facility

October 22, 2020

Episode 5 of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care Podcast is now available on iTunes. During this discussion with Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte of Levin & Perconti law firm we talk about what you should be looking for and questions you should be asking as you resume in-person visits in a long-term care facility.

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New Resource - Reuniting Residents and Families: What to Look for and Questions to Ask as You Resume Visits in a Long-Term Care Facility

October 22, 2020

This resource provides suggestions of what to look for, questions to ask, and what you can do if you have concerns about their condition

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CMS Issues Memo Reaffirming Nursing Home Residents' Right to Vote

October 07, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a memo “affirming the continued right of nursing home residents to exercise their right to vote.”

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Resident's Voice Challenge Postcard Artwork Selected

October 01, 2020

Congratulations to the long-term care consumers whose artwork has been chosen to be featured on a series of postcards.

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It's Residents' Rights Month

October 01, 2020

October is Residents’ Rights Month an annual event to honor individuals receiving long-term care.

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Understanding Trauma and Ensuring Person-Centered Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic Training Series

September 22, 2020

The National Ombudsman Resource Center released trainings for facility administrators, direct care staff, and family members of individuals living in long-term care facilities, as part of the training series, Understanding Trauma and Ensuring Person-Centered Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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CMS Issues Revised Guidance on Visitation in Nursing Homes

September 18, 2020

Consumer Voice is very pleased to announce that yesterday, after six months of strict visitation restrictions in nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a memo significantly easing those restrictions.

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Coronavirus Commission Report Released – More is Needed to Protect and Support Residents and Staff

September 17, 2020

Read the statement from Lori Smetanka, Executive Director of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care on the report released by the Coronavirus Commission.

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Consumer Voice and Other Advocates Release Statement Opposing Immunity for Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19

September 15, 2020

Consumer Voice, along with a coalition of other advocates, released a statement opposing Safe to Work Act provisions.

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New Resources to Help Families of Nursing Home Residents

September 15, 2020

To help family members facing many new issues as they support and care for their loved ones in long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Consumer Voice has released new fact sheets on family advocacy and family councils.

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Taking Care of You: Tips for Residents and Family Caregivers

September 10, 2020

Two new fact sheets from Consumer Voice and the National Center on Elder Abuse provide self-care tips specifically for residents of long-term care facilities and for family caregivers.

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Visitation Recommendations Sent to CMS

September 08, 2020

Consumer Voice worked collaboratively with advocates and State Long-Term Care Ombudsmen throughout the country on visitation recommendations which were sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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CMS Issues Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Nursing Home Residents and Staff

September 01, 2020

On August 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services issued an interim final rule that includes new COVID-19 testing requirements for nursing home residents and staff.

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New Resources Available on Arbitration Agreements

September 01, 2020

A new consumer fact sheet and podcast episode are available on pre-dispute arbitration agreements and the dangers they pose to long-term care consumers.

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Policy Break: CMS Expands Survey Activities

August 24, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services released a memo on August 17, 2020 announcing revisions in guidance related to survey activities and enforcement.

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Residents: Join the 2020 Resident's Voice Challenge

August 13, 2020

Get creative for the Postcard Artwork Contest and reflect on this year’s Residents’ Rights Month theme, Connection Matters.

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Consumer Voice and Other Advocates Send Letter to Congress Opposing Safe to Work Act

August 03, 2020

Consumer Voice, along with other organizations, sent a letter to Congressional leaders opposing the Safe to Work Act, which would grant immunity to nursing homes.

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Consumer Voice's Sam Brooks Speaks at Press Conference Regarding COVID-19, Immunity, and Nursing Homes

July 31, 2020

The press conference included information about the negative effects immunity would have on nursing home residents and staff and stories from family members of residents.

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Consumer Voice and Other Advocates Oppose Immunity for Long-Term Care Facilities; New Issue Brief Available

July 21, 2020

The Consumer Voice along with other resident advocates oppose immunity for facilities, as it removes necessary protections for residents, and will result in the further harm to residents.

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What are your state's COVID-19 nursing home policies?

July 13, 2020

Consumer Voice is tracking various policies and practices regarding each state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Find your state’s information.

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Update on 2020 Consumer Voice Conference

July 13, 2020

The 2020 Consumer Voice Conference will be an all-virtual event. Stay tuned for more details.

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Residents' Rights Fact Sheet Available in Multiple Languages

July 08, 2020

The Residents’ Rights fact sheet is now available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Tagalog.

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New Information Cards Available: Know Your Drugs & Know Your Rights

June 25, 2020

As a part of our consumer education campaign, Avoiding Drugs as Chemical Restraints: Changing the Culture of Care, Consumer Voice created expandable information cards: Know Your Drugs & Know Your Rights.

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COVID-19 Essential Checklists for Moving Home

June 25, 2020

Two new checklists - “Keeping Family Together During COVID-19: A Checklist” and “Should I Take My Loved One Home During the COVID-19 Crisis?” - are available from the National Center on Elder Abuse and the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

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Consumer Voice Executive Director Lori Smetanka Named to Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

June 22, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the membership of the independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes, including Consumer Voice Executive Director Lori Smetanka.

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Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2020

Learn more about our resources for preventing, identifying, and reporting elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, and misappropriation of property.

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Join us for a webinar: Family Advocacy for Residents during COVID-19

June 12, 2020

Join Consumer Voice on Thursday, June 18th at 2:00pm ET to gain information and tips on how to advocate individually and through family councils for quality care.

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Residents' Rights Month 2020: Connection Matters

June 11, 2020

Residents’ Rights Month is an annual event designated by the Consumer Voice and is celebrated in October to honor all long-term care consumers. This year’s theme is “Connection Matters.”

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Senate Hearing on Combating Social Isolation and Loneliness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 10, 2020

The Senate Special Committee on Aging is holding a hearing on Thursday, June 11th at 9:30am ET. Consumer Voice Board Member Peter Reed will testify.

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Senators Grassley and Wyden Send Letter to HHS OIG Requesting Assistance in Stopping Nursing Homes from Taking Medicaid Recipients' Economic Impact Payments

June 10, 2020

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) to request alerts be sent to providers and the public about the unlawful practice of nursing homes taking Medicaid recipients’ economic impact payments.

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CMS Information Related to COVID-19 Released June 1, 2020

June 04, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued three documents pertaining to COVID activities: CMS Memo to State Survey Agency Directors, QSO-20-31-All; CMS Letter to Governors; and Nursing Home COVID-19 Data.

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Racial Inequities in Nursing Home Care

June 04, 2020

Consumer Voice is committed to using our voice to break down all forms of oppression, including inequities in healthcare, and continuing our work of fighting for quality of life and care for long-term care consumers nationwide.

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CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

June 03, 2020

CMS released Nursing Home COVID-19 Data, a chart that provides facility-reported information for each State under CMS’s new reporting requirements, along with a memo addressing several issues and a letter to Governors related to COVID-19.

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Consumer Voice and Other Organizations Send Letter to Senate Leaders Opposing Immunity for Nursing Homes

June 03, 2020

Consumer Voice, along with over 250 organizations, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer opposing any plan to grant nursing homes immunity from civil or criminal liability for harm or substandard care a resident may have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New Webpage: State COVID-19 Nursing Home Policies

May 29, 2020

Consumer Voice is tracking various policies and practices regarding each state’s response to the Covid-19 crisis in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  See your state’s policies.

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New COVID-19 FAQ Webpage

May 26, 2020

Consumer Voice has created a new webpage for COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions as a resource for individuals receiving long-term care and their family members.

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CMS Issues Memo and FAQs on Recommendations for Reopening Nursing Homes

May 19, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a memo - Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials.

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Apply for the new Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

May 15, 2020

Nominations are now being accepted. You can nominate yourself or encourage others to nominate themselves.

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Consumer Voice and Other Advocates Send Letter to Senate Opposing Immunity for Nursing Homes

May 13, 2020

Consumer Voice has sent a letter, along with other advocacy organizations, to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing granting immunity to nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CMS Issues Interim Final Rule on Nursing Home Reporting of COVID-19 Information

May 05, 2020

On Friday, May 1, 2020, CMS issued an interim final rule that includes new requirements for nursing homes to report specific information related to COVID-19 to the CDC as well as to residents, their representatives, and families.

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The Nursing Home COVID-19 Crisis: More is Needed to Protect Residents and Staff

May 04, 2020

On May 1, the Trump Administration announced a series of actions it is taking to address the rampant spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes.

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COVID-19 Updates

May 01, 2020

Learn more about additional government action announced during President Trump’s April 30th press conference and regulatory changes.

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May is Older Americans Month

May 01, 2020

This year’s theme is “Make Your Mark.”

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CMS Issues New Guidance on Nursing Home Compare Updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts and FAQs

April 28, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued new guidance on April 24th regarding updates to Nursing Home Compare, nursing home staff counts, and frequently asked questions.

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State Reporting to the Public of LTC COVID-19 Cases

April 28, 2020

The Consumer Voice has prepared a chart that details what information states are releasing to the public regarding the presence of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and deaths related to the illness.

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Advocacy Recommendations for Protecting Residents and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

April 28, 2020

Consumer Voice has developed a set of recommendations to guide advocates as they work to protect residents of long-term care facilities and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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New Resource: COVID-19 FAQs

April 28, 2020

Consumer Voice has released frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 and its impact on residents of long-term care facilities and their families.

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National and State Organizations Send Letter to CMS Advocating for Better Protections for Nursing Home Residents

April 28, 2020

Forty-five national and state organizations, including Consumer Voice, signed on to a letter that was sent today to the CMS Administrator advocating for better protections for nursing home residents and better support of residents’ ability to make decisions about their health care and place of residence.

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Materials Available from COVID-19: Advocating for Nursing Home Residents - Part II

April 27, 2020

Materials are available from Part II of the joint webinar from Consumer Voice, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Long Term Care Community Coalition & Justice in Aging.

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CMS Instructs Nursing Homes to Report COVID-19, Notify Residents and Families

April 21, 2020

CMS issued its latest guidance to nursing homes, April 19 that nursing homes will be required to report to CDC suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents or staff.

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Materials Available from COVID-19: Advocating for Nursing Home Residents - Part I

April 20, 2020

Materials are available from Part I of the joint webinar from Consumer Voice, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Long Term Care Community Coalition & Justice in Aging.

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House Democrats Urge HHS and CMS to Track and Publicly Report COVID-19 Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities

April 15, 2020

A group of House Democrats sent a letter to Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging them to track and publicly report COVID-19 in nursing homes.

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CMS Issues Supplemental Information for Transfer/Discharge

April 14, 2020

On April 13, 2020, CMS issued supplemental information for transferring and discharging residents between facilities based on their COVID-19 status.

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Legislation Introduced That Would Expand Telehealth and Virtual Services in Nursing Facilities

April 14, 2020

Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Representative Peter King (R-NY) have introduced the bipartisan Advancing Connectivity during the Coronavirus to Ensure Support for Seniors (ACCESS) Act.

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Federal Court Upholds CMS Pre-Dispute Arbitration Rule

April 14, 2020

A federal court in Arkansas ruled that long-term care facilities must comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’  revised final rule regarding pre-dispute arbitration agreements.

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Consumer Voice Seeking Summer Interns

April 14, 2020

Applications are open for Graduate/Law Student Public Policy Interns.

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Members of Congress Send Letter to HHS OIG Requesting Examination of Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes

April 07, 2020

Several members of Congress submitted a request to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to perform an examination of the use of psychotropic and antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities.

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COVID-19 Updates

April 06, 2020

Updates include: CMS waives a number of nursing home regulations; new guidance from CMS and CDC; and Senators request release of list of nursing homes with COVID-19

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Resident Advocate Newsletter April 2020

March 31, 2020

The April 2020 issue of The Resident Advocate, a newsletter for residents of long-term care facilities, is now available.

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CARES Act Provides Funding and Support for Aging and Disability Networks; $20M for LTCOP

March 31, 2020

On Friday, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act, which provides $2.2 trillion in total, directs $955 million to Adminstration for Community Living programs.

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CMS Issues Broad Waivers of Requirements for SNFs

March 31, 2020

The Trump administration has issued an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers for skilled nursing facilities as part of its efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Residents and Families

March 27, 2020

Consumer Voice is pleased to release a new publication, COVID-19 and Nursing Homes:  What Residents and Families Need to Know.

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Prioritization of Survey Activities - New CMS Guidance

March 25, 2020

The most recent CMS guidance issued March 23, 2020 further restricts the surveys that can be conducted by State Survey Agencies. CMS is suspending certain surveys and only conducting revisits when Immediate Jeopardy is cited.

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Conference Session Proposals Deadline Extended

March 20, 2020

Session proposals will now be accepted through Friday, April 3rd.

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CMS Issues More Restrictive Guidance

March 16, 2020

The most recent CMS guidance on nursing home infection control and prevention of COVID-19, released late on March 13, further restricts visitation and entry to facilities, and suspends communal activities.

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CMS Revises Coronavirus Guidance for Nursing Facilities

March 11, 2020

On March 9, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised and expanded the guidance to facilities dated March 4, 2020. CMS is now directing facilities to seriously limit visitors.

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CMS Coronavirus Guidance for Nursing Facilities

March 06, 2020

On March 4, CMS issued guidance for State Survey Agencies to limit the spread of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19.)  This includes suspending non-emergency inspections of all healthcare facilities across the country and conducting screening of visitors and staff.