CMS memos issued March 9, 2020 to State Survey Agency Directors regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) provides guidance to Medicare and Medicaid hospice providers and for nursing homes regarding:
- Revised visitation policies for nursing facilities and, including a specific reference to allowing hospice workers entry to nursing facilities. This guidance is found in both the nursing facility and hospice guidance.
- Coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health departments.
- Addressing potential and confirmed COVID cases.
- Mitigating transmission, including screening, treatment, and transfer to higher level care (when appropriate).
Find this guidance on the CMS website.
NHPCO members will find analysis in a Regulatory Alert posted on the NHPCO Alerts and News page online.