New Long-Term Care Facility Guidance
On April 24, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published new guidance to State Survey Agencies regarding modifications meant to help long-term care facilities respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Specifically, CMS implemented a targeted inspection plan in March focused on urgent patient safety threats and infection control. Although the results of health inspections conducted after March 4, 2020 will be posted publicly, they will not be used to calculate a facility’s health inspection star ratings. CMS also attached FAQs that expand on guidance about visitation and operations of long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 emergency.