Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials - May 18, 2020

May 19, 2020


Nursing homes have been severely impacted by COVID-19, with outbreaks causing high rates of infection, morbidity, and mortality. The vulnerable nature of the nursing home population combined with the inherent risks of congregate living in a healthcare setting requires aggressive efforts to limit COVID-19 exposure and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes.

Recent CMS memorandum provides recommendations for State and local officials to help them determine the level of mitigation needed for their communities’ Medicare/Medicaid certified long term care facilities (hereinafter, ‘nursing homes”) to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. CMS encourages State leaders to collaborate with the state survey agency, and State and local health departments to decide how these and other criteria or actions should be implemented in their state. Examples of how a State may choose to implement these recommendations include:

  • A State requiring all facilities to go through each phase at the same time (i.e., waiting until all facilities have met entrance criteria for a given phase).

  • A State allowing facilities in a certain region (e.g., counties) within a state to enter each phase at the same time.

  • A State permitting individual nursing homes to move through the phases based on each nursing home’s status for meeting the criteria for entering a phase.

    CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s nursing homes are prepared to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).

Read the full article at:CMS May 18, 2020
HOMECARE2GO<sup>®</sup> Media Team


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