Onsite Surveys of Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic: March 23-May 30, 2020 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Document: "We did this review to determine the number and results of onsite surveys of nursing homes during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases such as COVID-19, and infection control has been a persistent problem for most nursing homes. As of November 8, 2020, more than 67,000 nursing home residents have died of COVID-19, which represented almost 30 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States at that time. Onsite State surveys, conducted on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), assess the quality of services in nursing homes, a critical function for protecting residents. CMS changed survey practices in response to the pandemic. These changes-- together with nursing home residents' high-risk status and the importance of the State surveys-- warrant close examination to assess the sufficiency of this oversight."
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OEI-01-20-00430