CMS Logo "The vulnerable nature of the nursing home population combined with the inherent risks of congregate living in a healthcare setting, requires aggressive efforts to limit COVID-19 exposure and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes."

On May 18, 2020, CMS published recommendations to help determine the level of mitigation needed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 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.

Please refer to this memorandum for more information.