COVID-19 Federal, State and Local Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Settings

Updated July 22, 2020: Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19

Updated July 17, 2020: Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Interim Guidance)

Updated April 30, 2020 Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (Interim Guidance)

Revised April 30, 2020 Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings (Interim Guidance)

April 24, 2020 Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System updates, Staff Counts, and FAQs: Memo 

April 15, 2020 Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated April 15, 2020 Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

Updated April 15, 2020 Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes 

April 15, 2020 Considerations When Preparing for COVID-19 in Assisted Living Facilities 

Updated April 13, 2020 Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities

Hand Washing

Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Including how to put on and take off PPE

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (includes how to ear, homemade cloth face coverings, washing, sanitizing, safe removal, etc.)

CDC Interim US Guidance for Risk assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Appendix PP State Operations Manual 

Recent Updates for State Surveyors and Accrediting Organizations

CMS News Release (See bottom of page to scroll forward or backwards)

Coronavirus Press Releases

Current Emergencies – Press releases, waivers, current news on Coronavirus (scroll down for all releases on health care facilities)

Recent updates for State Surveyors and Accrediting Organizations

State Directives: State Department of Health and Local Health Departments

July 10, 2020 CMS Directs Additional Resources to Nursing Homes in COVID-19 Hotspot Areas

May 19,2020 Testing Guidance for Nursing Homes

May 18, 2020 CMS Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials, QSO-20-30-NH

June 23, 2020 FAQ on May 18, 2020 CMS Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials, QSO-20-30-NH 

May 15, 2020 More Blanket Waivers. CMS issued more blanket section 1135 waivers this week including reducing feeding assistant training requirements, relaxing Life Safety Code standards for alcohol-based hand rubs, fire drills, and temporary structures, and allowing dialysis at remote sites such as facilities. 

May 14, 2020 Trump Administration Announces Call for Nominations for Nursing Home Commission

May 8, 2020 CMS releases new revised set of F Tags

May 7, 2020 CMS releases QSO-20-29-NH: Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes  

April 30, 2020 New Frequently Asked Questions on Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

April 30, 2020 CMS Commission to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

April 29, 2020 CMS Blanket Waiver Approvals for SNFS: Long Term Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities and/or Nursing Facilities): CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

April 23, 2020 Updated Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Home Health Agencies (HHAs) – Quality, Safety, and Oversight (QSO) letter 20-18-HHA

April 21, 2020 Revision: COVID-19 Emergency Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers

April 21, 2020 Updates to its COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket of Waivers for Health Care Providers (see changes in red)

April 19, 2020 Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 (or COVID19 Persons under Investigation) Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes

April 19, 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recommendations, Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I

April 13, 2020 CMS QSO-20-25-NH: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Long-Term Care Facility Transfer Scenarios 

April 9, 2020 CMS News Alert 

April 8, 2020 Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IIDs) and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs)

April 7, 2020 Dear Clinician Letter

April 2, 2020 CMS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Guidance – New recommendations to State and local governments and long-term care facilities to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

April 2, 2020: Key Recommendations to Nursing Homes

March 30, 2020: Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

March 30, 2020: Physicians and Other Clinicians: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 (includes telehealth information)

March 30, 2020 Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IIDs) and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) 

March 27, 2020 Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit 

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance) 

March 23, 2020 CMS Suspends Survey Activities QSO-20-20-ALL

March 20, 2020: Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality Safety and Oversight Group

March 17, 2020: Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet

March 13, 2020: CMS QSO-29-13-NH -Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes (Revised)

March 4, 2020: CMS QSO-20-ALL: March 4, 2020 Suspension of Survey Activities

 

Other Sources of Information

State and Local Health Departments

State Healthcare Associations

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

How long does corona virus last on surfaces? 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Coronavirus FAQs

Access to Food, Food Safety and more

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