CMS announced today, a robust plan for surveying nursing homes with previous outbreaks of COVID-19 and the need for immediate survey of any nursing home with new COVID-19 suspect and/or confirmed cases. Funding for this initiative has been provided to CMS via the CARES Act. Failure of State agencies to meet the timeline expectations set forth by CMS may result in significant reductions in their CARES funding. Click here to read the CMS announcement.
To learn more about the 9 focus areas CMS surveyors are examining in Nursing Homes to prevent spread, visit the Quality Academy to enroll in “Preventing Covid-19 in Nursing Homes”. Focused COVID-19 Surveys combine offsite and onsite activities, starting with your Infection Prevention and Control Plan and Emergency Staffing Plan. Educate staff and residents to set the stage for success.