Good Afternoon Nursing Home Partner,
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an update yesterday specific to Nursing Homes. For full details, please read the entire news release. Superior Health Quality Alliance (Superior Health) would like to highlight four key points:
- Nursing Homes should immediately implement symptom screening for all staff, residents, and visitors -- including temperature checks.
- To avoid transmission within nursing homes, facilities should use separate staffing teams for residents to the best of their ability, and, as President Trump announced at the White House, the administration urges Nursing Homes to work with state and local leaders to designate separate facilities or units within a facility to separate COVID-19 negative residents from COVID-19 positive residents and individuals with unknown COVID-19 status.
- These recommendations will help state and local governments, and Nursing Homes, as they consider creative ways to stop the spread of the virus, such as designating units within facilities -- or entire facilities -- solely for residents with confirmed COVID-19.
- Please note the Current Emergencies Website at the end of the press release links to a listing of resources where you will find an April 2 update to long term care guidance.
Please continue to refer to your state health departments for state-based guidance: