April 07, 2020
On April 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued recommendations to state and local governments, as well as nursing homes, to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in nursing homes. The recommendations build on recent guidance from CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advising nursing homes to restrict visitors, to help prevent the introduction of the virus into these facilities. According to new CMS recommendations, nursing homes should ensure all staff are using appropriate protective equipment and immediately implement symptom screening for all staff, residents, and visitors. To avoid transmission within nursing homes, facilities should use separate staffing teams for residents to the best of their ability.
Stakeholders have indicated that without an adequate supply of personal protective equipment, it will be challenging to meet these guidelines.
CMS is documenting its COVID-19 activities on their Current Emergencies website.