CMS, under the leadership of the Trump Administration, has issued over $15 million in fines to more than 3,400 nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic for noncompliance with infection control requirements and the failure to report COVID-19 data.
“The Trump Administration is taking aggressive enforcement action against Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes that fail to implement proper infection control practices,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Now more than ever, nursing homes must be vigilant in adhering to federal guidelines related to infection control to prevent the spread of infectious disease, including COVID-19. We will continue to hold nursing homes accountable and work with state and local leaders to protect the vulnerable population residing in America’s nursing homes.”
Since March 4, CMS and state survey agencies have completed infection control surveys in approximately 99.2% of nursing homes, and found more than 180 instances of immediate jeopardy, which is triple the amount of cases found in 2019.