The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced how it is addressing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and recommendations for health care providers and organizations.
CMS issued three memoranda to State Survey Agencies, State Survey Agency directors and Accrediting Organizations to inspect Medicare-participating health care providers across the country, as well as protocols for inspectors for situations where COVID-19 is identified or suspected. The State Survey Agencies and Accrediting Organizations will also prioritize issues related to infection control and other health threats and safety threats to focus on addressing COVID-19.
CMS is also calling on health care providers to implement infection control procedures and has sent an infection prevention specialist to assist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters.
Read the full CMS announcement for additional details.