Based on new data from 29 state health departments, coronavirus deaths in nursing homes have been approximated to 10,700. The real number is likely higher, as many states have refused to release their COVID-19-related data. In some cases, even family members of nursing home residents have not been updated fully regarding their loved ones’ status.
In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an organization responsible for health and safety in nursing homes, has issued its “Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes.” More importantly, the Memorandum has emphasized “Transparency,” previewing a new requirement that long-term care facilities notify residents and their representatives about the conditions inside their facility. Specifically, notification would be required within 12 hours of a single confirmed infection of COVID-19. Updates to family members must be provided at least weekly. Reporting would comply with existing privacy regulations.