COVID-19, Skilled Nursing Facility

CMS releases transfer and discharge guidance for SNFs

CMS has provided supplemental information for transferring and discharging SNF residents based on their COVID-19 status (positive, negative, unknown/under observation). If two SNFs want to band together to transfer residents between facilities to separate COVID-19 positive residents from COVID-19 negative residents, the SNFs do not need any approval to do so. However, if SNFs wish to transfer or discharge residents to a non-certified location to separate residents, approval is needed from the local State Survey Agency.

Guidance and a graphic explaining various scenarios that apply to SNFs can be found here.