Bloomberg Law
March 17, 2020, 10:30 AM

Nursing Home Staffing Woes Complicate Battle Against Coronavirus

Tony Pugh
Tony Pugh

Years of high employee turnover and understaffing at the nation’s nursing homes could undermine efforts to implement infection control measures designed to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

Wide-ranging new guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated on March 13, issued in response to the virus, calls for nursing home staff to screen and restrict most non-essential visitors, review and revise patient transportation procedures, increase checks for possible respiratory infections, and increase communications with residents’ families as in-person visitations are curtailed.

The “new guidance will not require more resources or additional employees” even though the regulations ...

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