FierceHealthcare: CMS works with CDC to identify next COVID-19 hot spot to better target infection control surveys

“The Trump administration is aiming to conduct targeted infection control inspections of hospitals and nursing homes in areas likely to be the next hot spots for a COVID-19 outbreak.”

“Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma offered an update Monday on the protocol for inspections of hospitals and nursing homes. The agency had previously announced inspections will heavily focus on infection control, and now CMS has updated what surveyors should look for in order to stem the spread of COVID-19.”

“Verma also said CMS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify areas ripe to become COVID-19 hot spots…”

“CMS had previously said earlier this month it would tell state surveyors and accrediting organizations like The Joint Commission to focus inspections primarily on infection control. The Joint Commission has since suspended routine surveys…” Read the full article here.

Source: CMS works with CDC to identify next COVID-19 hot spot to better target infection control surveys – By Robert King, March 23, 2020. FierceHealthcare.

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