October 30, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online platform – the Nursing Home Resource Center – to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, frontline providers, residents and their families, especially as the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues.
Previously, individuals seeking information specific to nursing homes needed to navigate to several disparate webpages and spent valuable time looking for answers. With the onset of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), quick access to up-to-date information and resources, including the 24 guidance documents released since March 2020 in response to the pandemic, was critical.
The Resource Center consolidates all nursing home information, guidance and resources into a user-friendly, one-stop-shop that is easily navigable so providers and caregivers can spend less time searching for critical answers and more time caring for residents. Moreover, the new platform contains features specific to residents and their families, ensuring they have the information needed to make empowered decisions about their healthcare.
With the new page, people can efficiently navigate all facility inspection reports and data – including COVID-19 pandemic and PHE information. This tool will remain active through and beyond the COVID-19 PHE.
CMS identified opportunities for improvement during its ongoing review of nursing home quality and safety operations, infection control and PHE compliance updates. The independent Coronavirus Commission for Quality and Safety in Nursing Homes that convened during the summer of 2020 found similar needs.
CMS is committed to improve the health of all Americans, increase access to better care and transform the nation’s healthcare delivery. The Nursing Home Resource Center website demonstrates the Trump Administration’s commitment to ensuring that nursing home facilities and providers have the information they needed to care for residents – both as a part of the COVID-19 response and beyond.
To view the Nursing Home Resource Center, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/nursing-homes.