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CMS Update: Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials

QSO-20-30-NH Source:


CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s nursing homes are prepared to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).

Recommendations for State and Local Officials: CMS is providing recommendations to help determine the level of mitigation needed to prevent the transmission of COVID19 in nursing homes.

The recommendations cover the following items:

  • Criteria for relaxing certain restrictions and mitigating the risk of resurgence: Factors to inform decisions for relaxing nursing home restrictions through a phased approach.

  • Visitation and Service Considerations: Considerations allowing visitation and services in each phase.

  • Restoration of Survey Activities: Recommendations for restarting certain surveys in each phase.