Long-Term Care and Coronavirus Compliance Considerations
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading globally and certain people are at a much higher risk of becoming severely or even critically ill, including older adults and people who have chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease. Consequently, long-term care facilities may be especially hard-hit by COVID-19, because residents are at higher risk of serious or critical illness from COVID-19, and because personnel or visitors may be asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, which, in turn, may increase the likelihood of transmission to vulnerable residents.
On March 13, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance designed to keep long-term care residents save from COVID-19. The new measures supersede prior CMS guidance with respect to nursing home safety in the face of COVID-19.
You can also read our alert on preparedness for senior living communities and nursing homes.
As we continue to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), White and Williams lawyers are working collaboratively to stay current on developments and counsel clients through the various legal and business issues that may arise across a variety of sectors. Read all of the updates here.