On May 6, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state of New Jersey is partnering with a Manatt Health team led by partner Cindy Mann and special advisor Carol Raphael to support the state’s ongoing long-term care (LTC) efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Manatt team will work alongside the Department of Health to undertake a rapid review and provide actionable recommendations aimed at protecting the residents and staff at LTC facilities in light of the continued impact of COVID-19. With the number of reported LTC facilities affected in New Jersey—as well as the number of positive cases and COVID-19-related deaths—on the rise, the team’s work will focus on three principal tasks:
- undertaking a three-week review to address immediate concerns related to protecting LTC facility residents and staff;
- advising on potential state or federal actions that New Jersey may consider; and
- making long-term, systemic reform recommendations relating to the state’s oversight of LTC facilities.
Manatt will review data, procedures, regulations and the oversight process, and will draw upon best practices for LTC facilities and lessons learned in other states as New Jersey moves forward to improve quality, safety and resilience within its LTC system in the short and near term.
For more information, read Governor Murphy’s announcement on this here.