CMS Now Requires Health Care Workers to Receive Access to Long Term Care Facility Patients to Improve Resident Outcomes, Reports the Polaris Group
BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2020
BALTIMORE, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum on Thursday, September 17 that requires Nursing Homes to permit access to health care workers who are not employees of the facility if they meet certain screening requirements. This announcement mirrors guidance issued by organizations at the state and local level to allow healthcare workers to resume care for Residents in need.
In the memorandum, CMS highlights the physical and emotional toll stemming from efforts to safeguard Residents against COVID-19. While the threat of COVID-19 remains, the burden to address the physical and emotional needs of patients has increased since the Pandemic began in March.