COVID-19 Regulatory Resources

  • Focused Infection Control Toolkit - Spanish v1 (Released 6/23/20)
    On Friday, March 13, 2020, the President declared a national emergency which triggered the Secretary’s ability to authorize waivers or modifications of certain requirements pursuant to section 1135 of the Social Security Act (the Act). Under section 1135(b)(5) of the Act, CMS is prioritizing surveys, including infection control surveys for nursing homes. This toolkit includes the survey preparation checklist, entrance conference guide and several policies related to containing the spread of COVID-19 to assist you in preparing for a focused survey. (Spanish version)
  • Focused Infection Control Toolkit v1 (Released 6/23/20)
    On Friday, March 13, 2020, the President declared a national emergency which triggered the Secretary’s ability to authorize waivers or modifications of certain requirements pursuant to section 1135 of the Social Security Act (the Act). Under section 1135(b)(5) of the Act, CMS is prioritizing surveys, including infection control surveys for nursing homes. This toolkit includes the survey preparation checklist, entrance conference guide and several policies related to containing the spread of COVID-19 to assist you in preparing for a focused survey.
  • Liability Sign On Letter v1 (Posted 6/15/20)
    Letter requesting that Congress act to provide reasonable liability protections during this health crisis by expanding the protections in section 3215 of the CARES Act to all health care professionals and front-line facilities.
  • Notification Toolkit v2
    CMS has new guidance requiring nursing homes to report COVID-19 related data to the CDC/NHSN database weekly which is in addition to any state and local reporting currently being done. This requirement is effective May 17, 2020, with public reporting of facility numbers of COVID cases, both resident and staff. Effective May 8, 2020, additional reporting requires that with any new case of COVID-19 or when 3 or more staff or residents are symptomatic within a 72-hour period, residents, representatives, and families are notified by 5:00 pm the following day. This is in addition to the requirement of notifying representatives/families of a resident’s change of condition. The notification process must be done in a way that protects the privacy of our staff and residents (HIPAA). This toolkit provides several sample documents for your consideration. There are two “initial” letter samples that may be used to notify residents, families, and staff of the new CMS requirements. The third sample letter is considered an “update letter” and may be used to post the required data on your website, send via email or USPS, depending on your individual situation.
  • Notification Toolkit - Spanish v2
    CMS has new guidance requiring nursing homes to report COVID-19 related data to the CDC/NHSN database weekly which is in addition to any state and local reporting currently being done. This requirement is effective May 17, 2020, with public reporting of facility numbers of COVID cases, both resident and staff. Effective May 8, 2020, additional reporting requires that with any new case of COVID-19 or when 3 or more staff or residents are symptomatic within a 72-hour period, residents, representatives, and families are notified by 5:00 pm the following day. This is in addition to the requirement of notifying representatives/families of a resident’s change of condition. The notification process must be done in a way that protects the privacy of our staff and residents (HIPAA). This toolkit provides several sample documents for your consideration. There are two “initial” letter samples that may be used to notify residents, families, and staff of the new CMS requirements. The third sample letter is considered an “update letter” and may be used to post the required data on your website, send via email or USPS, depending on your individual situation. (Spanish version)