COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: HHS Has Taken Steps in Response to Pandemic, but Several GAO Recommendations Have Not Been Implemented, Statement of John E. Dicken, Director, Health Care, Testimony Before the Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 437KB]
From the Highlights: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the 1.4 million elderly or disabled residents in the nation's more than 15,000 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes, who are often in frail health and living in close proximity to one another. HHS [Department of Health and Human Services], primarily through CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] and CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], has led the pandemic response in nursing homes. The CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to conduct monitoring and oversight of the federal government's efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. GAO has examined the government's response to COVID-19 in nursing homes through its CARES Act reporting (GAO-21-265 [hyperlink], GAO-21-191 [hyperlink], GAO-20-701 [hyperlink], and GAO-20-625 [hyperlink]). This testimony will summarize the findings from these reports. Specifically, it describes COVID-19 trends in nursing homes and their experiences responding to the pandemic, and HHS's response to the pandemic in nursing homes."
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