CMS FAQs Detail Recommendations for Allowing Nursing Home Visits (6/20)

By CMS - June 25, 2020

CMS has issued seven Frequently Asked Questions to supplement existing guidance about the rules for nursing home visitations during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with No. 1:

1. What steps should nursing homes take before reopening to visitors? 

Nursing homes should continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance for preventing the transmission of COVID-19, and follow state and local direction. Because nursing home residents are especially vulnerable, CMS does not recommend reopening facilities to visitors (except for compassionate care situations) until phase three when: 

• There have been no new, nursing home onset COVID-19 cases in the nursing home for 28 days (through phases one and two) 

• The nursing home is not experiencing staff shortages 

• The nursing home has adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and essential cleaning and disinfection supplies to care for residents 

• The nursing home has adequate access to testing for COVID-19 

• Referral hospital(s) have bed capacity on wards and intensive care units