In its new guidance released March 13, CMS requires SNFs to take staff members’ temperatures and perform other screening tasks at the beginning of each shift:
- Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. Actively take their temperature and document absence of shortness of breath, new or change in cough, and sore throat. If they are ill, have them put on a facemask and self-isolate at home.
Guidance also states that SNFs must identify staff members who work at multiple facilities:
- Facilities should identify staff that work at multiple facilities (e.g., agency staff, regional or corporate staff, etc.) and actively screen and restrict them appropriately to ensure they do not place individuals in the facility at risk for COVID-19
This guidance comes on the heels of relaxed PPE compliance for staff members.