A network of 12 regional groups that work to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries will be deployed to assist nursing homes in Covid-19 hot spots around the country, the Trump administration announced Friday.
These Quality Improvement Organizations, will work with facilities that are struggling with infection control deficiencies, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.
The agency is also implementing an enhanced inspection process for facilities in hot spot areas to help curb possible transmission and prevent widespread outbreaks.
Nursing homes account for at least a third of U.S. Covid-19 deaths—and more than half the total in many states, according to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In May, the CMS issued a “Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes.” The document contains a number of recommended practices to improve care during the pandemic.
The information, gathered from health-care providers, state Covid-19 task forces, industry trade associations, and others, is designed to provide a catalog of resources to address the challenges facing nursing homes during the pandemic.