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Nursing Home Infections Spur Call for HHS Action on Prevention

July 29, 2022, 4:01 AM

A federal watchdog agency wants the Biden administration to consider updating its regulations to clarify that nursing homes “must include emerging infectious diseases as a risk” to be accounted for in a facility’s emergency preparedness plan.

In a new report, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General also recommended that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services direct state inspection agencies to follow up with 28 nursing homes with potential deficiencies in infection prevention and emergency preparedness “to ensure that they have taken corrective actions.”

Because of the possible deficiencies, the 28 nursing homes “we ...