Providers

COVID-19 Regulatory Highlights

September 13, 2021

Revised All-Plan Letter (APL) 20-004: Emergency Guidance for MCPs in Response to COVID-19

Provides information to Medi-Cal managed care plans (MCPs) on temporary changes to federal requirements as a result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

August 23, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 18 and 19, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 16, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 11 and 12, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 11, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 4 and 5, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 3, 2021

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 20-88.2 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing Recommendations for Patients and Health Care Personnel (HCP) at General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs)

This AFL supersedes AFL 20-88.1, and provides updated recommendations from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for weekly SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic screening testing for healthcare personnel (HCP) in hospitals, and recommendations for the testing of newly admitted patients.

August 3, 2021

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 21-27 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing, Vaccination Verification and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Health Care Personnel (HCP) at General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs)

Provides Health Care Personnel at General Acute Care Hospitals guidance on COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Verification and Personal Protection Equipment.

August 3, 2021

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 21-28 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing, Vaccination Verification and Personal Protective Equipment for Health Care Personnel (HCP) at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)

Provides Health Care Personnel at Skilled Nursing Facilities to develop and implement processes for verifying the vaccination status of all HCP and for obtaining and tracking documentation of results of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic screening testing from HCP who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated and includes additional PPE requirements.

August 3, 2021

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 21-29 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing, Vaccination Verification and Personal Protective Equipment for Health Care Personnel (HCP) at Health Care Facilities

This AFL requires weekly SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic screening testing for healthcare personnel (HCP) that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated working the above specified in health care facilities.

August 3, 2021

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 21-30 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing, Vaccination Verification and Personal Protective Equipment for Health Care Personnel (HCP) at the Various Types of Intermediate Care Facilities

This AFL requires twice-weekly SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic screening testing for HCP that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated.

July 7, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

June 30, 2021 and July 1, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

June 30, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

June 23, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

June 14, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

June 9 and 10, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

June 7, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

June 2 and 3, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

June 1, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

May 26 and 27, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

May 24, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

May 19 and 20, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

May 17, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

May 12 and 13, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

May 7, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

May 5 and 6, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

May 3, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

April 28 and 29, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

April 26, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

April 21 and 22 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

April 22, 2021

DHCS Maternal Health Disparities QI Postcard

Contains information on improving maternal health disparities during COVID-19.

April 20, 2021

HHS COVID-19 Care for Uninsured Individuals

The Health Resources and Services Administration has developed COVID-19 patient and provider fact sheets, as a reminder that vaccines, testing, and treatment for COVID-19 are free to all individuals living in the United States, regardless of immigration status.

April 13, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes (Revised April 7, 2021)

April 1, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

April 9, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

April 7 and 8, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

April 7, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

April 6, 2021conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

April 6, 2021

HHS Webinar April 16, 2021: Information, Data and Tools to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in Underserved Communities

Includes the Department of Commerce’s Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) program that uses granular data to measure individuals and community capacity to respond to COVID-19.

April 5, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

April 1, 2021 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

March 29, 2021

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

March 18, 2021 conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19 and cancellation for call on April 1, 2021.

March 29, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

March 24 and 25 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

March 26, 2021

DHCS Adolescent Wellness Visits QI Postcard

Contains information related to improving member engagement to receive care.

March 23, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

March 23 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

March 22, 2021

CDPH Health Alert: Concerns Regarding the Use of Bamlanivimab Monotherapy in the Setting of SARS-CoV2 Variants

Recommends facilities and providers stop administering bamlanivimab monotherapy in California, based on updated information regarding federal concerns of its decreased clinical effectiveness for emerging SARS-CoV2 variants.

March 19, 2021

CMS Webinar — Strategies for Health Plans to Support Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Vulnerable Populations

Strategies for how health plans can leverage benefits, care coordination resources, and community-based partnerships to support members’ access to vaccinations.

March 19, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

March 17 and 18 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

March 18, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

March 16 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

March 18, 2021

CDPH Opportunities to Maximize COVID-19 Vaccinations — Blog

Spotlights promising practices shared by health plans and other experts.

March 12, 2021

DHCS Revised All-Plan Letter (APL) 20-004: Emergency Guidance for MCPs in Response to COVID-19

Provides information to Medi-Cal managed care plans (MCPs) on temporary changes to federal requirements as a result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

March 12, 2021

DHCS Revised All-Plan Letter (APL) 20-022: COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

Provides Medi-Cal managed care plans (MCPs) with information and guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccine coverage and administration in the Medi-Cal program.

March 12, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

March 10 and 11 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

March 11, 2021

CDPH Provider Bulletin – Updates Since 02/12/2021

This bulletin includes updates regarding who is eligible to be vaccinated due to increased risk beginning March 15 and provides clarification regarding the implementation of vaccines for people with high-risk medical conditions and disabilities.

March 5, 2021

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 21-08.1 Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to COVID-19 (This AFL supersedes AFL 21-08)

This revision provides health care facilities with updated guidance on exposure risk assessment and the duration of quarantine for COVID-19 exposed HCP working in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and SNF residents.

March 5, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

March 3 and 4 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

March 3, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

March 2 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

March 2, 2021

CMS COVID-19 - Vaccines Fraud Alert & Reporting to CMS

This alert described how fraudsters may be engaged in schemes involving COVID-19 vaccines to Medicare beneficiaries, targeting beneficiaries in a number of ways, including via telemarketing calls, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits.

March 1, 2021

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 20-69.1 Survey Priorities during the COVID-19 Pandemic (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-69)

This revision is being updated to announce the discontinuing of Mitigation Surveys and the resumption of relicensing and recertification surveys in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) April 1, 2021.

March 1, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

February 24 and 25 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

February 25, 2021

CDPH COVID-19 Variants of Concern Identified in California

The attached Health Alert describes what CDPH currently knows about the SARSCoV-2 virus variants and provides a link to the CDPH COVID-19 Tracking Variants website that can be used as a reference by local health departments and health care providers.

February 24, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

February 23 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

February 22, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

February 17 and 18 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

February 19, 2021

CMS Opportunities to maximize COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Dually Eligible Individuals

Reminds D-SNPs, PACE organizations, and MMPs of their unique opportunities to ensure equitable access and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

February 19, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

February 16 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

February 16, 2021

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

February 4 conference call and agenda for February 18, 2021 with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

February 12, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

February 10 and 11 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

February 8, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

February 3 and 4 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

February 3, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

February 2 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

February 1, 2021

CDPH All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-26.6: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-26.5)

Notifies hospitals of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

February 1, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

January 27 and 28 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

January 27, 2021

CDPH All Facilities Letter (AFL) 21-08: Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2

Provides health care facilities with updated guidance on exposure risk assessment and the duration of quarantine for SARS-CoV-2 exposed
HCP working in hospitals and SNFs and SNF residents.

January 27, 2021

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

January 21 conference call with local health departments to provide updates on
COVID-19.

January 25, 2021

DHCS Equitable Access to Oxygen Services for Medi-Cal Members

A reminder to Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans (MCPs) regarding oxygen services for Medi-Cal members upon discharge from the hospital. Encourages review of prior authorization protocols outlined in APL 20-004: Emergency Guidance for MCPs in response to COVID-19.

January 25, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

January 26 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

January 22, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

January 20 and 21 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

January 22, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

January 19 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on
COVID-19.

January 15, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

January 13 and 14 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

January 14, 2021

DHCS Women’s Preventive Health QI Postcard

Contains information and recommendations addressing BCS and CCS Screenings during COVID-19.

January 14, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

January 12 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

January 11, 2021

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

January 6 and 7 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

January 8, 2021

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

State issued vaccine recommendations to local public health departments
and providers focused on accelerating the pace of COVID-19 vaccine administration.

January 6, 2021

DHCS Updated COVID-19 Codes

Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) provided updates regarding COVID-19 codes effective as of December 28, 2020.

January 6, 2021

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

January 5 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

January 6, 2021

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH announced the issuing of a public health order, ensuring
distribution of health care resources across the state to ensure patients get life-saving care as ICU capacity is strained.

January 4, 2021

CMS Approval of California's 1135 Waiver Requests

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved additional Section 1135 waiver flexibilities requested by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

January 4, 2021

DHCS COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

DHCS developed a series of FAQs to address potential provider, member and stakeholder inquiries regarding the California’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

January 4, 2021

DHCS All Plan Letter (APL) 20-022: COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

This APL provides information and guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccine coverage and administration in the Medi-Cal program.

December 30, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes, December 29, 2020

December 29 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

December 29, 2020

DHCS California Children’s Services (CCS) Guidance Relative to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Provides temporary direction to County CCS and Special Care Centers (SCC) during the COVID-19 public health emergency and to ensure that CCS clients can access, without delay, medically necessary essential services.

December 29, 2020

DHCS All-Plan Letter (APL) 20-021: Acute Hospital Care at Home

Provides Medi-Cal managed care health plans with policy guidance regarding hospitals participating in CMS Acute Hospital Care at Home program.

December 29, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 20-48.3 Transfers to Low Acuity Alternate Care Sites During COVID-19

This AFL, which supersedes AFL 20-48.2, provides information on state-run alternate care sites and guidance for the transfer of COVID-19 positive patients to alleviate strain on hospitals and skilled nursing facilities and ensure patient safety.

December 28, 2020

CMS Contract Year 2021 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Permissive Actions FAQs

Addressing continued application of certain enforcement discretion policies and reiterate certain guidance in light of the continuation of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) into 2021.

December 24, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

December 22 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

December 23, 2020

CDPH Disease Notification - SARS-CoV-2 Virus Variant Identified in the United Kingdom

Describes what we currently know about the SARS-CoV-2 virus variant identified in the United Kingdom and outlines how health care providers can help collect specimens for genetic sequencing to monitor for this and other
variant virus strains.

December 21, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

December 16 and 17, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

December 18, 2020

DHCS COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Provides additional guidance to managed care plans (MCPs) regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

December 17, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 20-48.3 Transfers to Low Acuity Alternate Care Sites During COVID-19

This AFL, which supersedes AFL 20-48.2, provides information on state-run alternate care sites and guidance for the transfer of COVID-19 positive patients to alleviate strain on hospitals and skilled nursing facilities and ensure patient safety.

December 16, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

December 15, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

December 14, 2020

DHCS Telehealth and Member Engagement QI Postcard

Contains information addressing Telehealth interventions that focus on lifestyle change and leverage the power of social networks, such as virtual group visits, will allow for effective chronic disease management due to COVID-19.

December 14, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

December 9 & 10, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

December 14, 2020

DHCS Update Regarding Covid-19 Codes

Effective for dates of service on or after October 6, 2020, new CPT codes 87636, 87637 and 87811 are Medi-Cal benefits.

December 10, 2020

CMS and DHCS COVID-19 - Applicability of APL 20-004 to Medi-Cal Managed Plans

Jointly issued guidance in response to COVID-19 (Revised)

December 10, 2020

CMS and DHCS COVID-19 - Applicability of APL 20-011 to Medi-Cal Managed Plans

Jointly issued guidance in response to COVID-19 (Revised)

December 9, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

November 12, 2020 Conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

December 9, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

December 8, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

December 8, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-48.2 Transfers to Low Acuity Alternative Care Sites During COVID-19

Provides information on state-run alternate care sites and guidance for the transfer of COVID-19 positive patients to alleviate strain on hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and ensure patient safety.

December 4, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

December 2 and 3, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

December 2, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

December 1, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 30, 2020

DHCS COVID-19 Virus and Antibody Testing

Provides updates and guidance regarding COVID-19 Virus and Antibody Testing.

November 25, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

November 24, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 25, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-87 Movement of Patients/Residents in the Health Care Continuum During Seasonal Surges and COVID-19

Provides guidance for admission and readmission of skilled nursing facility (SNF) residents during seasonal hospital surges and COVID-19.

November 23, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

November 18 and 19 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 23, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

November 12, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 19, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

November 12, 2020 Conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 18, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

November 17, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 16, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 16, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 13, 2020

CDPH GACH Update to Conference Call Notification

November 13, 2020 Planning Call Notification for COVID-19 vaccine implementation data for general acute care hospitals.

November 13, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification (Revised)– Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

November 10, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 13, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 12, 2020

CDPH Health Update: Maximizing Routine Immunization During the COVID-19

Strategies and resources that health care providers and health systems can use to increase seasonal influenza immunization and childhood immunizations during COVID-19.

November 12, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 12, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 12, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

October 29, 2020 Conference call and reminder for November 12, 2020 with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 12, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 9, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 9, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

November 4, 2020 and November 5, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 8, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 7, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 5, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 4, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 3, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

November 3, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

November 3, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 2, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 2, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 2, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

November 2, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 30, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

October 27, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 30, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 29, 2020

CMS COVID-19 - Vaccine Toolkits and Interim Final Rule - 30-Day Comment Period [Due 11/18/20]

CMS announced the release of an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (IFC) establishing that any vaccine that receives Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization will be covered under Medicare as a preventive vaccine at no cost to members.

October 29, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Vaccine and Significant Cost Determination

Medicare payment for COVID-19 vaccinations administered during calendar years 2020 and 2021 to be made through the Medicare Fee-for-Service program.

October 29, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

October 15, 2020 Conference call and reminder for October 29, 2020 with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 28, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 28, 2020

CDPH Names Drafting Guidelines Workgroup to Advise State on COVID-19 Vaccines

This Workgroup will develop California-specific guidance for the prioritization and allocation of a COVID-19 vaccine.

October 27, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 27, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 26, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 26, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 26, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-38.5 supersedes AFL 20-38.4

Updates the CDPH's visitation guidance, permitting facilities with medium or low COVID-19 county positivity rate to allow one visitor per patient at a time.

October 26, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 23, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

October 21 and October 22, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 23, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 21, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 21, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

October 20, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 20, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 20, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Guidance & Updates to State's Blueprint for a Safe Economy

CDPH today announced new guidance and made updates to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a central component of state’s plan to fight COVID-19.

October 19, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 19, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

October 14 and 15, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 19, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 19, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 15, 2020

DHCS All Plan Letter (APL) 20-017: Requirements for Reporting Managed Care Program Data

This APL informs Medi-Cal managed care plans (MCPs) of changes to monthly program data reporting obligations.

October 15, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 15, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 15, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

October 1, 2020 Conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 14, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

October 13, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 14, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 13, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 13, 2020

CDPH Guidance for Safer Halloween and Día de los Muertos Celebrations During COVID-19

CDPH released guidance for safer Halloween and Día de los Muertos celebrations during COVID-19.

October 13, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-81: General Acute Care Hospital Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Survey

This AFL requests all hospitals complete a survey to assist with COVID-19 vaccination planning.

October 12, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 12, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Infection Prevention Update Call Notes

CDPH conducted a webinar on October 7 and a conference call for local health departments on October 8, 2020 to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 11, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 11, 2020

CDPH News Release (Revised): State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 11, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 9, 2020

DHCS Child and Adult Immunization QI Postcard

Contains information addressing routine vaccination as an essential preventive care service for children, adolescents and adults that should not be delayed due to COVID-19.

October 9, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 7, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 7, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

October 6, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 7, 2020

CDPH News Release (Revised): State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 6, 2020

Update Regarding COVID-19 Codes

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) notified there has been a delay in the deployment of HCPCS codes, CPT codes and ICD-10 codes related to COVID-19.

October 6, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 5, 2020

CDC Recent HIV Clusters and Outbreaks Across the US Among People Who Inject Drugs and Considerations During COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health departments across the US have identified several HIV clusters and outbreaks occurring predominantly among people who inject drugs (PWID).

October 5, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 30, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 5, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 2, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 1, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

October 1, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 17, 2020 Conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

October 1, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 30, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 30, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 29, 2020 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

September 30, 2020

CMS Webinar- Promising Practices for Promoting Flu Vaccinations for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries During COVID-19

Health plans can play a key role in facilitating access to and educating members on the importance of annual flu vaccinations.

September 30, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 29, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 28, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 28, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 28, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 23, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 22, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 23, 2020 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19

September 22, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 22, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 22, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 22, 2020 conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19

September 22, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-75: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak Investigation and Reporting Thresholds

Reminds licensed health facilities of requirements to report outbreaks and unusual infectious disease occurrences to their local health department (LHD) and Licensing and Certification District Office and provides investigation and reporting thresholds for reporting for COVID-19.

September 21, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 21, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 21, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 17, 2020 conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19 and reminder for October 1, 2020 conference call.

September 21, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 18, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 16 and 17, 2020 conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

September 18, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 17, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 17, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 3, 2020 conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19 and reminder for September 17, 2020 conference call.

September 16, 2020

CMS Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Additional clarifying guidance in new FAQs for PACE and COVID-19

September 16, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

CDPH today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

September 16, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 20-71 - Recall Notice of Advoque Safeguard N95 Particulate Filtering Respirator

Notifies health care facilities that Advoque Safeguard issued a regulatory notice for its N95 Particulate Filtering Respirator, model number ADV001, effective September 10, 2020

September 15, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 20-70 Non-Emergency Transportation during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

AFL provides recommendations to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for non-emergency transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic

September 15, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 15, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

September 11, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 10, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19

September 11, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 8, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

September 10, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 3, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19

September 10, 2020

DHCS All-Plan Letter (APL) 17-010: Non-Emergency Medical and Non-Medical Transportation Services

An updated version of the frequently asked questions (FAQs)

September 10, 2020

HHS Update on Provider Relief Funds and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)

An update regarding provider relief funds

September 9, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 3, 2020 conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

September 4, 2020

CMS Webinar – Engaging Members in Plan Governance During COVID-19: A Panel Discussion

For stakeholders, staff, dual eligible special needs plans (D-SNPs) and PACE organizations interested in engaging members through consumer advisory committees or other strategies during COVID-19.

September 4, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

September 1, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

September 1, 2020

CDPH News Release: State Officials Award Contract for New COVID-19 Data Reporting System to OptumInsight, Inc.

The system will collect, track and report COVID-19 cases, supplementing California's current disease registry system known as CalREDIE.

September 1, 2020

DHCS Recommendations During COVID-19: Mental Health and Self Care Postcard

Contains information addressing mental health wellness and self-care practices for at-risk populations

August 27, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 27, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 26, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 25, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 25, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 20, 2020 Conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 24, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 20, 2020 Conference call with skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 21, 2020

DHCS – Access to Medically Necessary Health Services During an Emergency

Learn about access to medically necessary health services during an emergency

August 19, 2020

DHCS Revised All-Plan Letter (APL) 20-004

Emergency Guidance for Managed Care Plans in Response to COVID-19

August 18, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 18, 2020 Conference call with local health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 13, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 13, 2020 Conference call with California skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19

August 12, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 11, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 11, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 6, 2020 Conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 6, 2020

CDPH LHD Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

July 23, 2020 Conference call with local health departments to provide updates on COVID-19.

August 6, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 6, 2020 conference call for California skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19

August 5, 2020

CDPH SNF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

July 30, 2020 conference call for California skilled nursing facilities to provide updates on COVID-19

August 5, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

August 4, 2020 Conference call with health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

July 29, 2020

CDPH HCF Conference Call Notification – Weekly COVID-19 Update Call Notes

July 28, 2020 Conference call with California health care facilities to provide updates on COVID-19.

July 28, 2020

CDPH Disease Notification – Updated Title 17, section 2500 of the California Code of Regulations

New Regulations Helping State Understand COVID-19 Impacts on California's Diverse Communities

July 28, 2020

CMS Updates Data on COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries

Snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population.

July 27, 2020

New CDPH COVID-19 Testing Guidelines and DMHC Emergency Regulations

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

July 23, 2020

CMS New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19

New initiatives designed to protect nursing home residents from COVID-19

July 17, 2020

DHCS California HOPE (CalHOPE) Postcard

Delivering crisis support for communities impacted by a national disaster, like COVID-19.

July 14, 2020

Health Equity Postcard and COVID-19 Supplemental Resources

Resources on pertinent preventive care and chronic disease management topics, including factors affecting health disparities, during the COVID-19 public health emergency

July 13, 2020

Suicide Prevention Letter (Medi-Cal)

Concerns relate to the COVID-19 epidemic’s immediate and long-term impact on mental health.

July 13, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Task Force Lab List

Ensuring Californians who need COVID-19 testing have access to tests.

July 10, 2020

Immunization Resources: Toolkit and Webinar

Urging patients to schedule and keep routine checkups and immunization visits.

July 9, 2020

CMS Five Things About Nursing Homes During COVID-19

Part of an ongoing series by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

July 8, 2020

DHCS Medi-Cal Reimbursement for Clinical Laboratory Services Related to COVID-19

Expedited implementation of COVID-19 related clinical laboratory procedure codes for diagnostic testing services and specimen collection.

July 6, 2020

CDPH News Release: California Calls on Laboratories to Speed Up Test Processing for Most At-Risk Groups

California asks labs to prioritize testing turnaround for individuals who are most at risk of spreading COVID-19 to others

June 26, 2020

CMS Announces Plans to End the Blanket Waiver Requiring Nursing Homes to Submit Staffing Data

Updates related to staffing and quality measures used on the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five Star Rating System.

June 23, 2020

CDPH News Release: California Public Health Officials Release Guidance Requiring Californians to Wear Face Coverings

Updated guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings.

June 23, 2020

COVID-19 New Data on Cases Among Medicare Beneficiaries

An early snapshot of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Medicare population.

June 22, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letters (AFL 20-36.3)

Guidance for Decontamination and Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators

June 22, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letters (AFL-20-38.2)

COVID-19 Visitor Limitations Guidance

June 22, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letters (AFL-20-57)

Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aide Training Programs (HHA Training Programs) Related to COVID-19

June 22, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing of Nursing Home Residents and Patients

Information regarding the obligations and permissible flexibilities related to disasters and emergencies resulting from COVID-19

June 22, 2020

CMS Released Weekly Update of Nursing Home COVID-19 Data as of June 7, 2020

COVID-19 Nursing Home Data

June 17, 2020

DHCS Revised All-Plan Letter (APL) 20-011: Governor’s Executive Order N-55-20 in Response to COVID-19 – RVD

Temporary changes to requirements in state law as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

June 15, 2020

DHCS Updated Guidance Regarding Provision of Care in Alternative Care Settings, Hospital Capacity, and Blanket Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities Relative to COVID-19

This guidance supersedes April 22, 2020 guidance

June 12, 2020

DHCS Hypertension QI Postcard and COVID-19 Supplemental Resources (Medi-Cal)

Recommendations During COVID 19: Managing Diabetes and Updated Guidance Regarding Provision of Care in Alternative Care Settings, Hospital Capacity, and Blanket Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities Relative to COVID-19

June 10, 2020

DHCS Revised All-Plan Letter (APL) 20-004: Emergency Guidance for MCPs in Response to COVID-19

The purpose of this All Plan Letter (APL) is to provide information to Medi-Cal managed care health plans (MCPs) on temporary changes to federal requirements as a result of the ongoing global Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

June 9, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Recommendations for Reopening of Healthcare Facilities

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recommendations for Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare

June 8, 2020

CMS COVID-19 - Supporting Individuals with Dementia and Caregivers Training Webinar

CMS announces the following training opportunity: This webinar will provide information on how COVID-19 affects and presents in people with ADRD, strategies for family and friend caregivers for supporting those with ADRD living at home during COVID-19, and opportunities for health care systems to prepare to meet the needs of people with ADRD diagnosed with COVID-19.

June 8, 2020

HHS COVID-19 - New Laboratory Data Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new Guidance that specifies what additional data must be reported to HHS by laboratories along with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results.

June 4, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home Inspections Results Available on Nursing Home Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting the first set of underlying coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) nursing home data.

June 3, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home Enhanced Enforcement Action and Inspections

COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes

June 2, 2020

CDPH All Facilities (AFL) 20-22.2

Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (Supersedes guidance provided in AFL 20-22.1)

May 27, 2020

CDPH Releases COVID-19 Guidelines for Cooling Centers as Temperatures Soar Across State

The California Department of Public Health has issued Guidance for Cooling Centers to support a safe, clean environment for members of the public and workers at Cooling Center facilities.

May 27, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Alternate Care Sites Fact Sheet

This document provides state and local governments developing alternate care sites with information on how to seek payments through CMS programs.

May 26, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Updated Guidance for Health Plans (5/22/20)

This memo supersedes and replaces the March 10, 2020 memorandum.

May 20, 2020

COVID-19 - CMS Summary of Recent Actions 5/19/20

News Alert summarizing their most recent actions in response to COVID-19

May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Face-to-Face Care Coordination Flexibilities Extended

Click the link below to read the Provider Alert

May 19, 2020

Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations and new Toolkit for State and Local Officials

CMS is providing recommendations to help determine the level of mitigation needed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

May 18, 2020

CMS COVID-19 - Summary of Recent Actions May 15, 2020

News Alert summarizing their most recent actions in response to COVID-19

May 15, 2020

DHCS Recommendations During COVID-19

Managing Diabetes QI Postcard

May 14, 2020

CDC Disease Notification – Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19

Background information on several cases of a recently reported MIS-C associated with COVID-19

May 13, 2020

CMS Approval of California's 1135 Waiver Requests

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted an initial approval to the State of California for multiple section 1135 flexibilities.

May 12, 2020

CDPH AFL 20-43.1 Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) COVID-19 Daily Reporting

Requires all SNFs to report daily COVID-19 facility data to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) via an online survey

May 12, 2020

CMS COVID-19 - Summary of Recent Actions May 11, 2020

News Alert summarizing their most recent actions in response to COVID-19

May 11, 2020

CDPH AFL 20-52 COVID-19 Mitigation Plan Implementation and Submission Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and Infection Control Guidance for Health Care Personnel (HCP)

Advises SNFs to submit a facility specific COVID-19 mitigation plan with specified elements to CDPH within 21 calendar days and provides updated infection control guidance for HCP

May 9, 2020

CDPH AFL 20-51 Updated COVID-19 Symptoms

Health facilities asked to ensure their screening process and policies and procedures reflect the updated symptoms

May 8, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter AFL 20-36.2: Guidance for Decontamination and Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators

This AFL provides guidance for the handling of used N95 FFRs so they can be decontaminated and reused as respirator supplies are depleted during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

May 7, 2020

DHCS Medi-Cal Payment for Telehealth and Virtual/Telephonic Communication Relative to COVID-19

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is issuing additional guidance to enrolled Medi-Cal providers

May 7, 2020

Prenatal and Postpartum QI Postcard - Recommendations During COVID-19

View the Prenatal and Postpartum QI Postcard for recommendations during COVID-19

May 6, 2020

CDC - Symptom-Based Strategy to Discontinue Isolation for Persons with COVID-19

For persons recovered from COVID-19 illness, CDC recommends that isolation be maintained for at least 10 days after illness onset and at least 3 days (72 hours) after recovery

May 5, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter AFL 20-48.1 Transfers to Low Acuity Alternate Care Sites During COVID-19 Pandemic

This AFL provides information on state-run low-acuity alternate care sites and guidance for the transfer of COVID-19 positive patients to alleviate strain on hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and ensure patient safety.

May 5, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Individuals Affected by Major Disaster

Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Individuals Affected by a FEMA-Declared Weather-Related Emergency or Other Major Disaster: Applicable for COVID-19

May 4, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter – (AFL) 20-44.1 Expanding Access to Testing: Updated Interim Guidance on Prioritization for COVID-19 Laboratory Testing

This AFL informs health facilities of the availability of both Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and serology testing for COVID-19 across California hospital, academic, commercial, and public health laboratories.

May 4, 2020

All-Plan Letter (APL) 19-017 Supplement: Quality and Performance Improvement Adjustments Due to COVID-19

To provide Medi-Cal managed care health plans (MCPs) with adjustments to quality and performance improvement requirements as a result of the current public health emergency resulting from COVID-19.

May 1, 2020

CDPH Disease Notification – Updated Interim Guidance on Prioritization for COVID-19 Laboratory Testing

Expanding Access to Testing: Updated Interim Guidance on Prioritization for COVID-19 Laboratory Testing

April 30, 2020

CMS COVID-19 - Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

April 30, 2020

CMS COVID-19 - New FAQs on Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Requirements and Implications Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Revised)

April 30, 2020

CMS COVID-19 - Second Round of Regulatory Updates to Support U.S. Health Care System During the Pandemic

These changes include making it easier for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to get tested for COVID-19 and continuing CMS’s efforts to further expand beneficiaries’ access to telehealth services.

April 30, 2020

DHCS California Children’s Services (CCS) Guidance Relative to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The purpose of this guidance is to provide temporary direction to County California Children’s Services (CCS) and Special Care Centers (SCC) during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

April 28, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs Reevaluation and Suspension

The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund is being administered through HHS and has already released $30 billion to providers, and is in the process of releasing an additional $20 billion, with more funding anticipated to be released soon.

April 28, 2020

CMS COVID-19 - Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System Updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts, and FAQs

CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s nursing homes are prepared to respond to the threat of the COVID-19.

April 28, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Summary of Recent Actions 4/27/20

Here is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions taken in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 28, 2020

DHCS Revised All-Plan Letter (APL) 20-004: Emergency Guidance for MCPs in Response to COVID-19 and Additional Guidance

The purpose of this All Plan Letter (APL) is to provide information to Medi-Cal managed care health plans (MCPs) on temporary changes to federal requirements as a result of the ongoing global Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

April 24, 2020

CDPH AFL 20-48 Transfers to Low Acuity Alternate Care Sites During COVID-19 Pandemic

Information on low-acuity alternate care sites and guidance for the transfer of COVID-19 positive patients to alleviate strain on hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and ensure patient safety.

April 24, 2020

CDPH AFL 20-49 Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aides (HHAs)

Notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for HHAs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 24, 2020

DHCS APL 20-011: Governor’s Executive Order N-55-20 in Response to COVID-19

To provide information to Medi-Cal managed care health plans (MCPs) on temporary changes to requirements in state law as a result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic

April 24, 2020

DHCS CCS MTP Guidance Relative to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Guidance that provides temporary direction to County California Children’s Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Programs (MTPs)

April 24, 2020

DHCS Well-Child Visits During COVID-19 (Medi-Cal)

Guidance regarding well-child visits during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 23, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Summary of Recent Actions 4/23/20

A summary of recent actions taken in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 22, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 20-26: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements

This AFL notifies hospitals of a temporary waiver of regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

April 22, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers

The Trump Administration is taking aggressive actions and exercising regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers contain the spread of COVID-19

April 22, 2020

CMS Launches New Toolkit to Help States Navigate COVID-19 Health Workforce Challenges

New Toolkit to help state and local health care decision makers maximize workforce flexibilities when confronting COVID-19

April 22, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Updated Guidance for Health Plans

Information to Medicare Advantage Organizations and Part D Sponsors to inform them of the obligations and permissible flexibilities

April 21, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter 20-45: Non-Congregate Sheltering for California Health Care Workers Program

New program to provide front-line health care workers with hotel rooms

April 21, 2020

CMS News Alert April 21, 2020

CMS Summary of Recent Actions

April 21, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-46

Requests for Urgent Staffing Resources for COVID-19

April 21, 2020

CMS Trump Administration Champions Reporting of COVID-19 Clinical Trial Data through Quality Payment Program, Announces New Clinical Trials Improvement Activity

Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Credit for Participation in Clinical Trials

April 21, 2020

AMA COVID-19 Coding Advice

Special coding advice during COVID-19 public health emergency

April 20, 2020

DHCS All-Plan Letter (APL) 20–009

Preventing Isolation of and Supporting Individuals During COVID-19

April 20, 2020

CDPH All Facilities Letter – AFL 20-44

Expanding Access to Testing: Updated Interim Guidance on Prioritization for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Laboratory Testing

April 20, 2020

CDPH List of Skilled Nursing Facilities(SNFs) with COVID-19 Positive Cases

258 Skilled Nursing Facilities in California reported having one or more COVID-19 case by either a resident or a health care worker

April 20, 2020

CMS Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 (or COVID-19 Persons Under Investigation) Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes

New Nursing Homes Reporting Requirements for Confirmed Cases

April 20, 2020

CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

CMS is issuing guidance on providing essential non-COVID-19 care to patients without symptoms of COVID-19 in regions with low and stable incidence of COVID-19

April 17, 2020

CMS News Alert April 16, 2020

A summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions taken in response to COVID-19.

April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Transfer Scenarios

Supplemental information for transferring or discharging residents between skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and/or nursing facilities based on COVID-19 status.

April 15, 2020

Foster Care Model of Care Workgroup

The CalAIM Foster Care Model of Care Workgroup is being established to create a long-term plan for how children and youth in foster care receive health care services and as an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback.

April 15, 2020

CMS Increases Medicare Payment for High-Production Coronavirus Lab Tests

CMS announced Medicare will nearly double payment for certain lab tests to rapidly diagnose large numbers of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

April 14, 2020

CMS Webinar: Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults through Times of Stress and Isolation

This webinar will offer strategies for supporting caregivers and their loved ones

April 13, 2020

DHCS Provision of Care in Alternative Settings, Hospital Capacity, and Blanket Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities for Medicare and Medicaid Enrolled Providers Relative to COVID-19

This revised notice is to inform providers of the additional waivers flexibilities applicable to Medi-Cal providers enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid Programs.

April 13, 2020

CDPH AFL 20-39: COVID-19 Optimizing the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This AFL provides updated COVID-19 specific guidance for healthcare facilities on optimizing the use of PPE, including extended use and reuse.

April 10, 2020

DHCS Request for Additional Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities Related to COVID-19

Request for additional section 1135 waiver flexibilities related to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) national emergency/public health emergency

April 10, 2020

CMS Trump Administration Acts to Ensure U.S. Health Care Facilities Can Maximize Frontline Workforces to Confront COVID-19

At President Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today temporarily suspended a number of rules so that hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities can boost their frontline medical staffs.

April 10, 2020

DHCS Coverage of Emergency COVID-19 Inpatient or Outpatient Services

DHCS guidance to ensure the safety of Medi-Cal beneficiaries, Medi-Cal providers, and California communities in general.

April 8, 2020

DHCS Information Regarding the Use of Subcutaneous Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate During COVID-19

View Information Regarding the Use of Subcutaneous Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate During COVID-19

April 8, 2020

CDPH AFL 20-36: Guidance for Decontamination and Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators

This AFL provides guidance for the handling of used N95 filtering facepiece respirators

April 8, 2020

CMS Approves Approximately $34 Billion for Medicare Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delivered near $34 billion in the past week to the healthcare providers on the frontlines battling the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

April 7, 2020

CMS letter to Clinicians: Summary of actions taken to ensure maximum flexibility, reducing barriers to patient care during COVID-19

View letter from CMS to clinicians regarding COVID-19

April 7, 2020

DHCS APL 20008: Mitigating Health Impacts of Secondary Stress Due to COVID-19

The purpose of this All Plan Letter (APL) is to offer recommendations to Medi-Cal managed care health plans (MCPs) on mitigating negative health outcomes to members due to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) emergency.

April 6, 2020

DHCS Significant Updates Related to MCO Tax, HCBS Waiver Appendix K Amendments, Additional/Updated COVID-19 Guidance

In collaboration with State and federal officials, DHCS is working with our program partners to ensure Medi-Cal beneficiaries have access to medically necessary COVID‑19 testing and care.

April 6, 2020

CMS Guidance for Processing Attestation Statements from Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) Temporarily Enrolling as Hospitals during COVID-19

This memorandum outlines the steps for processing attestations and certification kits for existing Medicare certified ASCs.

April 3, 2020

CMS Notification of PDE Prescriber ID Editing and States of Emergencies

Notification of PDE Prescriber ID Editing and States of Emergencies

April 2, 2020

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