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CMS Press Release: Routine Inspections of All Medicare and Medicaid Certified Providers and Suppliers to Resume in Nursing Homes

In response to the coronavirus, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had previously suspended certain routine inspections amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize infection control and reduce the spread of the virus.

"At President Trump's direction, CMS has worked closely with states to complete focused infection control surveys of virtually all nursing homes in the country in just a few months," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. "These surveys fortified healthcare facilities around the country to prepare for and implement actions to prevent transmission of the virus and provided indispensable insight into the situation on the ground. As CMS resumes some survey and enforcement activities that were previously put on hold, the health and safety of America's patients will always be our top priority."

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CMS has also issued a Memo to State Agencies and has updated the Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes to assist nursing home residents.

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