CMS Issues Guidance to Ensure States Have a Plan in Place to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes

Jackie Pappalardi and Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s nursing homes are prepared to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE). On May 18, 2020, CMS announced new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes across the country.

1)   CMS Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions

CMS released the FAQ document with answers to a range of questions on the topics of:
      • Reopening • Visitation • Testing Requirements 

2)   CMS QSO Guidance for the Recommendations on Nursing Home Reopening

Given the critical importance in limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, decisions on relaxing restrictions should be made with careful review of a number of facility-level, community, and State factors/orders, and in collaboration with State and/or local health officials and nursing homes. State and local leaders will regularly monitor the factors for reopening of nursing homes and adjust their plans accordingly. The reopening phases included in the QSO crosswalk the phases of the plan and includes efforts to maintain rigorous infection prevention and control, as well as resident social engagements and quality of life.  

3)   Press Release 


Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20