Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 (Or COVID-19 Persons Under Investigation) Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes [open pdf - 163KB]
From the Document: "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of nursing home residents by enforcing the standards required to help each resident attain or maintain their highest level of well-being. In light of the recent spread of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], we are providing additional direction to nursing homes to help control and prevent the spread of the disease. [...] Nursing homes are currently required to establish and maintain an infection prevention and control program designed to provide a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections. This includes a system of surveillance designed to identify possible communicable diseases or infections before they can spread to other persons in the facility. Further, nursing homes are required to know when and to whom possible incidents of communicable disease or infections should be reported."
Reference No.: QSO-20-26-NH
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: https://www.cms.gov/