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71% of nursing houses not assessed for high quality, security throughout COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a overwhelming majority of nursing houses nationwide not being assessed to make sure they meet federal high quality and security necessities, a brand new HHS examine discovered.

State companies, performing on behalf of CMS, are mandated to finish on-site inspections no less than each 15 months, however CMS suspended these inspections between March and August of 2020 to cut back the chance of surveyor transmission.

Regardless of states with the ability to resume surveys towards the tip of 2020, the pause resulted in a big backlog. In an evaluation of CMS knowledge, HHS discovered that 10,913 of 15,295 nursing services—71%—had gone no less than 16 months with no customary survey as of Might 31, 2021.

Backlogs ranged from 22% of nursing houses in New Mexico not being surveyed to 96% in Connecticut.

One other problem is that the federal authorities prioritized surveys centered on

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