CMS: Visitation in Nursing Homes is Allowed for All Residents at All Times

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Supervising Attorney *UPDATE* NYS Department of Health directs nursing homes to follow CMS guidelines: visitation in nursing homes is allowed for all residents at all times. On November 16, 2021, the NYS Department of Health issued Dear Administrator Letter DAL-NH 21-27, accessed here, directing all nursing homes to immediately comply with…

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Patient Right to Access Medical Records

submitted by: Bria Lewis, Esq., Staff Attorney New York State Law gives patients and other qualified individuals (including but not limited to Legal Guardians, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Proxies) access to medical records. You can request your medical records from your physician or a health care facility (including hospitals, home care facilities, hospices,…

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Chautauqua County WEAAD Activities Planned

 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was yesterday, June 15th, 2021, and during the entire month of June, communities around the world work together to promote an understanding of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. The Center for Elder Law & Justice is proud to partner with the Chautauqua County Council…

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is June 15th, 2021, and during the entire month of June, communities around the world work together to promote an understanding of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. The Western New York WEAAD campaign is a collaboration of New York State, the Erie County District…

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Updated Guidelines for Resident Outings During the Pandemic

submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney With the recently updated guidelines for visitation from the New York State Department of Health (DOH), many residents living in nursing homes or adult care facilities (facility) and their loved ones have had many questions. The Center for Elder Law & Justice has prepared a fact sheet on…

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Updated Federal Visitation Guidelines

Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On March 10, 2021 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to their nursing home visitation guidelines. This guidance addresses the impact that the COVID-19 vaccination has on visitation. The information contained in this guidance supersedes and replaces previously issued guidance and recommendations regarding visitation.…

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