CMS issues SNF best practices “toolkit” to combat COVID-19

May 15, 2020
The Bottom Line

On May 13, CMS released a new toolkit developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies who provide oversight and assistance to these facilities, with additional resources to aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic within nursing homes.

The 74-page document includes guidance on:

  • State Actions for COVID-19Management and Response
    • Cleaning/Disinfection
    • Reporting/Guidance/Mandated Reporting
    • Testing
    • Workforce and Staffing
    • Cohorting
    • Infection Control “Strike Teams”
    • Infection Control Surveys and Other State Survey Activity
    • Nursing Home (NH) Communications
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):Actions To ImproveAccess to PPE
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Actions To Improve Utilization of PPE
    • Housing and Sheltering
    • Transportation Needs
    • Patient Transfer
    • Resources
    • Screening/Visitors
  • Telehealth
  • Organizations Available to Assist Nursing Homes

View the CMS press release.

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