It’s no secret that nursing homes across the country have been hard-hit in this pandemic and residents and their families are rightly concerned about safety.
Here are two developments you will want to watch.
- Commission on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 30 announced a new independent commission, Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Commission will provide independent recommendations and report to CMS to help inform immediate and future responses to COVID-19 in nursing homes.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidelines for nursing homes and long-term care facilities in regard to preparing for COVID-19. You can review the guidelines and additional resources on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/long-term-care.html. You also can watch a 30-minute pre-recorded CDC webinar, Preparing Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities for COVID-19 on YouTube.
Resources: CMS.gov, CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes, April 30, 2020; NPR, Trump Announces Panel to Look at Nursing Home Responses to Coronavirus Outbreak, April 30, 2020; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes