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Halted Nursing Home Inspections Draw Ire of Lawmakers, Attorneys

May 8, 2020, 10:56 AM

A federal suspension of most nursing home inspections is stirring fears that the policy change could be fueling Covid-19 infections and deaths.

Not to Distract: The CMS halted on-site, non-emergency inspections in March to keep nursing homes’ focus on controlling coronavirus infections. The agency said its directive is based on CDC recommendations and infection hot spot data, and it’s urging facilities to assess themselves for compliance with government guidelines.

Slip in Standards: Some lawmakers, attorneys, and patient advocates worry that struggling nursing homes—including those that had problems with understaffing or infection control before the pandemic hit—aren’t taking enough care of...

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