By: Lisa Chambers, MSCCC, SLP, CHC
It was recently announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will devote $5 billion of the Provider Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Medicare-certified long term care facilities and state veterans’ homes to build nursing home skills and enhance nursing homes’ response to COVID-19, including enhanced infection control.
This funding can be used to address critical needs in nursing homes including hiring additional staff, implementing infection control “mentorship” programs with subject matter experts, increasing testing, and providing additional services, such as technology so residents can connect with their families if they are not able to visit. Nursing homes must participate in the Nursing Home COVID-19 Training to
CMS will also begin requiring, rather than recommending, that all nursing homes in states with a 5% positivity rate or greater test all nursing home staff each week. This new staff testing requirement will enhance efforts to keep the virus from entering and spreading through nursing homes by identifying asymptomatic carriers.
To learn more about the HHS Provider Relief Fund Announcement: Trump Administration Announces New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19
To learn more about infection control measures, read our latest blog: 6 Things You Need To Know About Infection Control In Your Facility
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