Infection Control Deficiencies Were Widespread and Persistent in Nursing Homes Prior to COVID-19 Pandemic [open pdf - 486KB]
From the Document: "In light of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, you asked us to examine CMS's [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid] oversight of infection prevention and control protocols and the adequacy of emergency preparedness standards for emerging infectious diseases in nursing homes, as well as CMS's response to the pandemic. This report describes the prevalence of infection prevention and control deficiencies in nursing homes prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Future GAO [Government Accountability Office] reports will examine more broadly infection prevention and control and emergency preparedness in nursing homes and CMS's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including recent actions CMS has announced."
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