CMS Revises Nursing Home Visitation Guidance to Include “Up-to-Date” Vaccination Status

QSO-20-39-NH: Nursing Home Visitation -COVID-19

Memorandum Summary

  • CMS is committed to continuing to take critical steps to ensure America’s healthcare facilities are prepared to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).
  • Visitation Guidance: CMS is issuing new guidance for visitation in nursing homes during the COVID-19 PHE, including the impact of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Visitation is allowed for all residents at all times.
  • Replaced the term “vaccinated” with “up-to-date with all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses” and deleted “unvaccinated.”
  • Updated visitor screening and quarantine criteria.

Read full guidance and FAQ document here: QSO-20-39-NH REVISED

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