In a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, inspectors are expected to emphasize controlling infections focus on facilities at rick from coronavirus. Federal regulators said they plan to halt routine inspections of nursing homes to focus on the most dangerous situations, for time being. As reported cases of coronavirus rise across the U.S. and serious infractions were found at the hardest-hit location, it could lead inspections to fall behind. Under the changes, regular inspections of nursing homes, home health, and hospice companies, among others, will be paused for at least three weeks. During that time, inspectors will emphasize controlling infections, and focus on facilities most vulnerable to COVID-19 and those with potential issues posing the most peril to residents.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the developments March 23, 2020. The inspection-policy change will be made under the Trump administration’s recent declaration of a national emergency tied to COVID-19.
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