CMS announces actions to address COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced several actions that are aimed at limiting the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). This includes “issuing a call to action to health care providers across the country to ensure they are implementing their infection control procedures, which they are required to maintain at all times.” CMS adds that “effective immediately and, until further notice, state survey agencies and accrediting organizations will focus their facility inspections exclusively on issues related to infection control and other serious health and safety threats, like allegations of abuse – beginning with nursing homes and hospitals.”

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