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Nursing Homes Are Reminded About Resident, Family, and Representative Notification Requirements

Nursing home members are reminded that to ensure that you are not cited under 42 CFR § 483.80 – Infection control, your facility is required to:

  • Inform residents, their representatives, and families of those residing in facilities by 5 p.m. the next calendar day following the occurrence of either a single confirmed infection of COVID-19, or three or more residents or staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other. This information must:
    • Not include personally identifiable information;
    • Include information on mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission, including if normal operations of the facility will be altered; and
    • Include any cumulative updates for residents, their representatives, and families at least weekly or by 5 p.m. the next calendar day following the subsequent occurrence of either: each time a confirmed infection of COVID-19 is identified, or whenever three or more residents or staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms occur within 72 hours of each other.

As noted above, members should be aware that you DO need to post the cumulative number of positive cases in your facility for residents, families, and their representatives to be aware of.

The full Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) QSO 20-29-NH is linked here for your reference.

Contact: Mark Kepner-Clough, mkepner-clough@leadingageny.org, 518-728-2365