Bloomberg Law
July 20, 2020, 9:43 AM

Covid-19 Surge Blunts Push to Resume Nursing Home Visits

Tony Pugh
Tony Pugh

The push to resume in-person nursing home visits after a four-month absence is colliding with a national resurgence of Covid-19 cases that has, once again, put facility residents at greater risk of infection.

A growing number of industry experts and patient advocates say a Trump administration directive banning non-essential nursing home visits has become too hard on residents and should be re-evaluated and relaxed. They want the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow “essential care partners,” like close family members and friends, to visit residents under strict safety protocols.

But the appeals come as 46 states and ...

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