CMS has delayed release of updated versions of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) until October 1st of the year that is at least 2 full fiscal years after the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
CMS states a strong infection prevention and control program is critical to protect both residents and healthcare personnel.
Long term care facilities are instructed to assign at least one individual with training in strong infection prevention and control to provide COVID-19 prevention and response including developing policies and procedures, performing infection surveillance, providing training, and auditing adherence to recommended practices.
Non-emergency inspections of nursing homes across the country are suspended, allowing inspectors to focus on the most serious health and safety threats like infectious diseases and abuse.
More Covid-19 resources can be found in the article below.
Infection control policies and procedures, audits, regulations, and training materials can be found in the manual Infection Control Program for Long Term Care.