COVID-19: CMS Issues New Infection Control Updates

COVID-19: CMS Issues Infection Control Updates

Updated 04/08/2020

On April 8,2020 CMS issued a news release: CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19. This CMS guidance is supported by CDC nationally recognized guidelines, that reinforce infection control practices applicable to COVID-19 activities such as: patient triage, screening and treatment, the use of alternate testing and treatment sites and telehealth, drive-through screenings, limiting visitations, cleaning and disinfection guidelines, and staffing.

Key CMS Guidance Areas

Key CMS guidance areas that further support healthcare systems flexibility in responding to COVID-19 are the following:

For hospitals, critical access and psychiatric hospitals

  • Expanded recommendations on screening and visitation restrictions
  • Patient discharge to subsequent care locations
  • Recommendations related to staff screening and testing
  • Return-to-work policies
  • Revised EMTALA guidance for screening patients at offsite locations while the national emergency remains in force
  • Dialysis facilities

Provisions to allow for the establishment of facilities to treat those patients who tested positive for COVID-19 to be treated in separate locations.

For outpatient settings, ambulatory surgery centers, and federally qualified health centers

  • Recommendations on screening and visitation restrictions
  • Recommendations on cleaning and disinfection practices
  • Supply scarcity and closure
  • FDA recommendations
  • Encouraged to partner with others in their community to conserve and share critical resources

View the latest CMS guidance updates on infection control and CDC updates.

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