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2021

3/3/21: LTCOP - LTCOP Connection Matter / Person Centered Care / Essential Supports Poster

3/1/21: Senator Blumenthal - COVID-19 Nursing Home Protection Act (S.333)

2/12/21: DSS - Letter to nursing home and residential care home administrators in regards to treatment of EIP. Also known as the economic impact payment or stimulus. 

2/2/21: LTCOP - Selection of priority focus bills highlighted by the CT Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for legislation session week 2/2/21. Bills are Organized into priority list # 1-3

2/2/21: Justice in Aging - Updated Guide from Justice in Aging on 25 Common Nursing Home Problems & How to Resolve Them

1/27/21: LTCOP - Selection of priority focus bills highlighted by the CT Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for legislation session week 1/26/21. Bills are Organized into priority list # 1-3.

1/22/21: Nursing Home 411 - Q3 Staffing 2020 Payroll Based Journal Nursing Home Staffing Report

1/22/21: LTCOP - Silver Panther Newsletter Winter Edition 2021 Released

1/20/21: LTCOP - Selection of priority focus bills highlighted by the CT Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for legislation session week 1/20/21. Bills are Organized into priority list # 1-3.

1/19/21: National Consumer Voice - COVID-19 Vaccine Safety: A Fireside Chat with CMS, CDC, and A Representative from Consumer Voice. Wednesday, January 20, 2021. 4:00pm ET

1/15/21: National Consumer Voice - The Devastating Effect of Lockdowns on Residents of Long Term Care Facilities During COVID-19: A survey of residents families. 

1/14/21: GovernorGovernor Lamont Announces Connecticut Residents Over 75 Can Now Register for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments as State Transitions To Phase 1b

1/12/21: LTCOP  - Selection of priority focus bills highlighted by the CT Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for legislation session week 1/12/21. Bills are Organized into priority list # 1-3. 

1/12/21: National Press Club Journalism Institute - On Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 12 p.m. ET, the National Press Club Journalism Institute will host a live conversation on communication challenges around the COVID-19 vaccine. The goals of the webinar will be to assist public health officials and communicators to use insights into public opinion about the COVID-19 vaccine to address concerns, dispel myths, and share effective messages that encourage vaccination.

1/6/21: LTCOP - CT LTCOP Commercial in English and Spanish Reviewing Resident Rights and the COVID-19 Vaccine 

1/5/21: National Consumer VoiceMaking a Case for Compassionate Care Handout

 

2020

12/22/20: DPH  - Blast Fax Regarding Regarding Lateral Transfers from Nursing homes to CRF's

12/22/20: National Consumer VoiceInformation on the COVID-19 Vaccination Process

12/21/20: CDCImportance of COVID-19 Vaccination for Residents of Long-term Care Facilities

12/18/20: Lincoln CenterLincoln Center Moments is a free performance-based program specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Join us as we bring Lincoln Center's unparalleled artistry to an intimate and supported setting. Each program includes a performance, followed by activities facilitated by educators and music therapists exploring the work through discussion, movement, music, and art-making.

12/10/20: DPH - Long Term Care COVID-19 Playbook

12/4/20: AUCD - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Considerations for the Disability Community

12/2/20: The Hill - Elder Justice Coalition's Bob Blancato Calls for the Reauthorization of the Elder Justice Act

11/30/20: CMS -  CMS Retires Nursing Home Compare website on December 1, 2020. New Nursing Home Compare Site Can be Found at  https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/

11/24/2020: AARP Avoiding the Roadblocks & Potholes of Fraud: Paul Greenwood AARP FWN LIVE Tele-Town Hall Discussion | Event 12/3/20 @ 11AM ET

11/23/2020: CT LGBTQ Survey Join the CT LGBTQ+ Community Survey! The results of this survey will be shared with LGBTQ+ organizations and funders to support initiatives for Connecticut's LGBTQ+ community. Together we can make every voice count.

11/23/2020: National Consumer Voice - Holiday Visits and COVID-19 Fact Sheet

11/20/2020: LTCOP & DPH: Letter Regarding Holiday

11/19/2020: Associated Press - Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

11/19/2020: CMSCMS Urges Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season

11/12/2020: Nursing Home 411: Compare Nursing Home Staffing Q2 2020 - To help the public find out about nursing home staffing in our communities, LTCCC publishes, on a quarterly basis, information on staffing for every nursing home in Connecticut 

11/10/2020: Alzheimer's Foundation -  On TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (ET) The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is holding a free virtual educational conference as part of its Educating America Tour to connect Connecticut residents with information about Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, caregiving and advance planning. Click Here to see the Agenda. Click Here to Register, it is free and open to all!

11/5/2020: CDC: COVID-19 and The Holidays Recommendations 

11/4/2020: Justice in Aging - 25 Common Nursing Home Problems - & How to Resolve Them

11/3/2020: CMSCMS Launches New Nursing Home Resource Center. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched the Nursing Home Resource Center, a new online platform that serves as a centralized hub of the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, providers, residents, and their families.

10/15/2020: National Consumer VoiceThe COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted residents of long-term care facilities and their families. In-person visitation restrictions imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 required residents and families to adapt quickly to other means of connection. As in-person visits resume, be sure to focus on your loved one and how happy you are to see each other. Take a moment to also look at your loved one and your surroundings. You’ll want to note any changes in your loved one’s appearance or demeanor to get a better sense of the impact on him or her. This resource provides suggestions of what to look for, questions to ask, and what you can do if you have concerns about their condition.

10/6/2020: CMS - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Nursing Home Visitation

9/30/2020: Altarum - Experiences of Nursing Home Residents During the Pandemic: What we learned from residents about life under Covid-19 restrictions and what we can do about it

9/30/2020: Mathematica - Final Report | A Study of the COVID-19 Outbreak and Response in Connecticut Long-Term Care Facilities

9/29/2020: National Consumer Voice - Register for National Consumer Voice 44th Annual Conference - Quality Now and Tomorrow: Creating a Better Future Together

9/29/2020: National Consumer Voice - October is Resident Rights Month

9/25/2020: DPH - Blast Fax 92 Regarding New CMS Guidance and Nursing Home Visitation

9/25/2020: DPH - September 25th Order Rescinding Previous Orders Restricting Indoor Visitation

9/23/2020: Senate Finance Committee - COVID-19 IN NURSING HOMES: What Went Wrong and Next Steps

9/22/2020: Senate Aging Committee - The Cost of Inaction: 11 Deaths An Hour: An Update on the Trump Administration’s Response to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

9/17/2020:MITRE - Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes Final Report

9/17/2020: CMS -  September 17th Expansion to Nursing Home Visitation and COVID-19

9/2/2020: LTCOP - State Ombudsman Mairead Painter Testimony for Legislative Committee Listening Session

8/27/2020: DPH - August 27th DPH Order Regarding Updated Visitation Guidance 

8/20/2020: LTCOP - August is National Immunization Awareness Month

8/19/2020: LTCOP - Room Transfer Rights Presentation

8/18/2020: Mathematica - Interim Report of Independent Review of COVID-19 in Connecticut Long Term Care Facilities 

8/18/2020: LTCOP - Silver Panther Summer Edition 2020 Released

8/17/2020: McKnights - CMS Resumes Routine Inspections for Nursing Home Providers.

8/17/2020: CMSAugust 17th Memo Regarding the Resumption of Routine Inspections of All Medicare and Medicaid Certified Providers. 

8/13/2020: DPH - New Web Page Dedicated Specifically to Nursing Home Guidance and Resources

8/5/2020: DPH - Updated Guidance for Healthcare Providers

7/29/2020: Connecticut Legal Services - Nursing Home Visitation Experiences

7/7/2020: CDC - Various Upper Respiratory sites from which specimens can be collected. 

7/7/2020: DPH - Flow Chart Nursing Home Staff Testing Algorithm 

7/1/2020: LTCOP - Letter from LTCOP to Residents, Family Members and Responsible Parties Regarding Staffing Levels

6/30/2020: AARP - Call to Action. Tell Legislators facilities must have the PPE and testing they need to identify cases to prevent the spread of infection. Virtual Visitation must be made available and facilitated as a safety measure between residents and their families and to reject legal immunity to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities. 

6/29/2020: June 30th is #VisitationSavesLives Day.

6/26/2020: LTCOP & DPH - Letter to Residents, Family Members and Responsible Parties.

6/23/20: CMS - June 23rd CMS Guidance / FAQ for Nursing Home Visitation

6:20/20: Attorney General Tong - Attorney General Tong Press Release Urging Public to Report COVID19 Stimulus Payments Seized by Nursing Homes

6/17/2020: AARP - Call to Action. Tell legislators nursing home residents should be able to install cameras in their rooms and that nursing homes should not have blanket immunity from civil liability because of COVID-19.

6/12/2020: LTCOP - Economic Impact Payment Stimulus Compendium

6/9/2020: National Consumer Voice - Webinar Link for Family Advocacy for Residents During COVID-19. Thursday, June 18, 2020  -  2:00pm ET

6/8/2020: DPH - Blast Fax 67 Reviewing Infection Control/Testing Guidance as well as Outdoor Recreation and Visitation

6/7/2020: LTCOP - Resources and Best Practices for Fathers Day

6/2/2020: State of CT - Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Data Updated Weekly

5/29/2020: Governor - May 29th Press Release of Connecticut Nursing Homes with Residents Positive COVID-19 by Town

5/29/2020: GovernorMay 29th  Press Release of Connecticut Assisted Living Facilities with Residents Positive for COVID-19 by Town

5/29/2020: DPHDPH May 29th Blast Fax Regarding Resident Room Doors and COVID-19

5/29/2020: DPH - DPH launches new way to review survey inspection results.

5/22/2020: Governor - May 22nd Press Release with Current List of SNF's affected by COVID-19

5/22/2020: Governor -  May 22nd Press Release with Current list of Assisted Living Facilities affected by COVID-19

5/18/2020: CMS - CMS Nursing Home Reopening America and Nursing Home Recommendations for State and Local Officials

5/18/2020: CMS - CMS Reopening America and Nursing Homes FAQ for State and Local Officials

5/14/2020: Governor - May 14th Press Release with Current List of SNF's affected by COVID-19

5/14/2020: Governor -  May 14th Press Release with Current list of Assisted Living Facilities affected by COVID-19

5/9/2020: DPH - DPH Order May 9th Mandating Nursing Facility Provide Weekly Alternate Means of Communication with Residents/Family

5/7/2020: Governor - Press Release with Current List of SNF's affected by COVID-19

5/7/2020: Governor - Press Release with Current list of Assisted Living Facilities affected by COVID-19

5/7/2020: Consumer Voice - Taking Care Of YOU handout

5/6/2020: LTCOP - Mother's Day Ideas 2020

5/1/2020: Governor - Press Release with Current List of SNF's affected by COVID-19

5/1/2020: Governor - Press Release with Current list of Assisted Living Facilities affected by COVID-19

4/24/2020: Governor - Press Release with Current List of SNF's affected by COVID-19

4/21/2020: DPH - DPH Order April 21st which extended visitation restrictions until the end of the public health emergency

4/16/2020: Governor - Press Release with Current List of SNF's affected by COVID-19

4/11/2020: State Long Term Care Ombudsman - Letter to Residents, Family Members and Responsible Parties

4/4/2020: State Long Term Care Ombudsman - Self Care Resources.

3/30/2020: State Long Term Care Ombudsman and DPH - Joint Letter from LTCOP and DPH to Residents, Family Members and Responsible Parties

3/13/2020: DPH - DPH Order from March 13th banning nursing home visitation for 30 days.

3/10/2020: Governor Executive Order 7A - March 10th Governor Lamont Executive Order 7A Grants DPH commissioner authority to restrict visitors at nursing homes and similar facilities.

3/10/2020: State Long Term Care Ombudsman - Letter to Residents, Family Members and Responsible Parties regarding new DPH restrictions regarding visitation to Nursing Homes and Residential Care Homes with Nursing Supervision.

3/9/2020: Department of Public Health - Memorandum Restricting Visitation at Long Term Care Facilities 

3/9/2020: CMS Coronavirus Guidance for Nursing Facilities - 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.

3/4/2020: Department of Justice Launches a National Nursing Home Initiative - Attorney General William P. Barr announced today the launch of the Department of Justice’s National Nursing Home Initiative, which will coordinate and enhance civil and criminal efforts to pursue nursing homes that provide grossly substandard care to their residents. 

2/28/2020: Selected Health and Legislative Bills by Category Through February 28th, 2020 - LTCOP Selected Health and Legislative Bills

2/26/2020: Nursing Home 411 - Compare Nursing Home Staffing Levels Q3 2019 - To help the public find out about nursing home staffing in our communities, LTCCC publishes, on a quarterly basis, information on staffing for every nursing home in Connecticut 

2/21/2020: New Nursing Home Initiative to Alleviate Workforce Crisis - The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) launches a new initiative today to increase awareness of the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) nursing profession among nursing students and other young men and women entering the workforce.

2/21/2020: Selected Health and Legislative Bills by Category Through February 21st, 2020 - LTCOP Selected Health and Legislative Bills

2/13/2020: Selected Health and Legislative Bills by Category Through February 13th, 2020 - LTCOP Selected Health and Legislative Bills

1/29/2020:  CT Post Article More work to do on prescription drug prices - On Dec. 12, the U.S. House of Representative took a vital step to lower prescription drug costs and passed the Lower Drug Costs Now Act. This bipartisan bill offers real relief to the millions of Americans who struggle to afford their needed medications. The bill would allow Medicare to use its buying power to negotiate lower drug prices, create an out-of-pocket cap for seniors in Medicare Part D and crack down on excessive drug price increases.

1/16/2020: Minnesota Legalizes Surveillance Cameras in Senior Care Facilities - Families now have the right to monitor their loved ones from a distance.

1/15/2020: Residents Evicted From Nursing Homes in Disturbing Trend - A disturbing trend is becoming increasingly evident across the country: The eviction of vulnerable nursing home residents from their facilities, often without notice, preparation, or a safe and appropriate place to go.

11/25/2019:Nursing Home 411 - Compare Nursing Home Staffing Levels Q2 2019 - To help the public find out about nursing home staffing in our communities, LTCCC publishes, on a quarterly basis, information on staffing for every nursing home in Connecticut 

7/20/2019: Full Legislative Update Session End By Category - Summer 2019

7/20/2019: E-Board Session End - Executive Summary - Summer2019