ATTN SNF/Home Health Nurses: Chance to Inform Policy at a National Level
Dear WV Nurses,
Opportunity to serve on a CMS COVID -19 commission
Nurses are on the front lines and are the primary providers in many long term care facilities and home health. It is imperative that nursing have input in this commission. The application process is very simple and they are requesting self-nominations.
If you or someone in your network has the expertise to meet the commission goals, consider applying. CMS identified four areas that they want the nominee to highlight their expertise such as; mitigation, best practices, infection control and monitor the plans.
Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes Nominee Application
On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
MITRE is convening the Commission, which includes nominating and selecting members, facilitating meetings, and independently producing a final report to CMS regarding the commission’s findings and recommendations. MITRE will submit the final report to CMS on September 1, 2020.
The Commission’s work will focus on four areas:
1. Identify best practices for nursing homes to rapidly and effectively identify and mitigate COVID-19 transmission, and other infectious diseases.
2. Recommend best practices for infection control in facilities that can serve as a framework for enhanced oversight and quality monitoring activities.
3. Identify best practices for improving care delivery and responsiveness to the needs of all nursing home residents in preparation for, during, and following an emergency.
4. Provide a plan to monitor infection control and create a framework that leverages new sources of data to improve upon existing infection control policies and enhance coordination across federal surveyors and contractors, as well as state and local entities, to mitigate COVID-19 and future emergencies.
- 1. Identify best practices to rapidly and effectively identify & mitigate
- 2. Recommend best practices for infection control
- 3. Identify best practices for improving care delivery and responsiveness
- 4. Provide a plan to monitor infection control and create a framework