COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: CMS Needs to Continue to Strengthen Oversight of Infection Prevention and Control, Report to Congressional Addressees [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Highlights: "Implementing proper infection prevention and control practices can be critical for preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Infection prevention and control has been a long-standing concern in the nation's more than 15,000 nursing homes--one that the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has brought into sharper focus. Some infection prevention and control practices in nursing homes, such as social isolation, may negatively affect resident mental and physical health. The CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act directs GAO [Government Accountability Office] to monitor the federal pandemic response. GAO was also asked to review federal oversight of nursing homes in light of the pandemic. Among other objectives, this report: (1) describes what data reveal about any changes in resident health before and during the pandemic and (2) examines infection prevention and control actions CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] and CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] have taken in nursing homes before and during the pandemic."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/