The Trump Administration unveiled enhanced enforcement June 1 for SNF infection control policies amid COVID-19. SNFs will be subject to additional civil money penalties as well as enforcement by CMS for persistent survey deficiencies from targeted infection control surveys.
“While many nursing homes have performed well and demonstrated that it’s entirely possible to keep nursing homes patients safe, we are outlining new instructions for state survey agencies and enforcement actions for nursing homes that are not following federal safety requirements,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
To aid SNFs in implementing infection control best practices, CMS will be providing technical assistance through Quality Improvement Organizations.
More information can be found on the CMS press release.