COVID-19: VA Should Assess Its Oversight of Infection Prevention and Control in Community Living Centers, Report to Congressional Addressees [open pdf - 987KB]
From the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Highlights: "Close to 8,000 veterans per day received nursing home care provided by VA [Department of Veterans Affairs] in CLCs [Community Living Centers] in fiscal year 2020. COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] has posed significant risks to nursing home residents and staff, as residents are often in frail health, and residents and staff have close daily contact with each other. The CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act includes a provision that GAO monitor the federal response to the pandemic. This report describes, among other objectives, guidance and training VA has issued to help CLCs respond to the pandemic and examines VA's oversight of infection prevention and control in CLCs during the pandemic. GAO analyzed documents, including guidance, training-related materials, and CLC self-assessments of their infection prevention and control practices. GAO also interviewed VA officials and CLC staff, the latter from five facilities selected based on factors such as having been cited for infection prevention and control deficiencies prior to the pandemic."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/