Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts, FAQs (Apr 2020)

CMS Quality Safety & Oversight Memorandum
PUBLISHED: April 24, 2020
CMS LISTING: Quality, Safety and Oversight Letter 20-28-NH

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The April 2020 QSO memorandum 20-28-NH from CMS focused on critical steps to ensure America’s nursing homes are prepared to respond to the threat of the COVID-19.

As it relates to staffing, the action taken was for CMS to publish a list of the average number of nursing and total staff that work onsite in each nursing home, each day. This information can be used to help direct adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing to nursing homes.