CMS Issues Guidance to NFs for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff

May 6, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released QSO-20-29-NH (PDF). The memo informs nursing facilities about the following:

  • On May 8, 2020, CMS will publish an interim final rule with comment period.
  • Facilities must submit their first set of data by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2020.
  • COVID-19 Reporting Requirements: CMS is requiring nursing homes to report COVID-19 facility data to the CDC and to residents, their representatives, and families of residents in facilities.
  • Enforcement: Failure to report in accordance with 42 CFR §483.80(g) can result in an enforcement action.
  • Updated Survey Tools: CMS has updated the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes, Entrance Conference Worksheet, COVID-19 Focused Survey Protocol, and Summary of the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes to reflect COVID-19 reporting requirements.
  • COVID-19 Tags: F884 and F885.
  • Transparency: CMS will begin posting data from the CDC National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for viewing by facilities, stakeholders, or the general public. The COVID-19 public use file will be available on

Read the full memo (PDF).