CMS Updates Visitation Guidance for Nursing Homes
- By: Danielle Watford
- On: 03/11/2021 12:28:09
- In: COVID-19
- Unvaccinated residents, if the COVID-19 county positivity rate is greater than 10 percent and less than 70 percent of residents in the facility are fully vaccinated,
- Residents with confirmed COVID-19 infection, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met the criteria to discontinue transmission-based precautions, or
- Residents in quarantine, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met criteria for release from quarantine
CMS continues to recommend facilities, residents, and families adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection control, including maintaining physical distancing and conducting visits outdoors whenever possible. Keep in mind this includes screening ANYONE who enters the building for signs and symptoms of COVID 19.
Members are strongly encouraged to review the QSO memo. While there are some differences between the new CDC guidance, providers must follow CMS and/or state and local guidance. MHCA has reached out to state survey and DHHS officials to determine if there are any differences for our members and we will continue to review both sets of guidance and seek clarity on any inconsistencies. We will provide updates as we have more information.
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