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Coronavirus Updates (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Updates (COVID-19)

The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 also are being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. Find out how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding.

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Important COVID-19 Websites

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic.

World Health Organization

WHO

World Health Organization

WHO directs and coordinates international health within the United Nations system. Their main areas of work include health systems; heal; noncommunicable and communicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance and response.

CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus

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CMS calls on all health care providers to activate infection control practices and issues guidance to inspectors as they inspect facilities affected by Coronavirus

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing several actions aimed at limiting the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Specifically, CMS is issuing a call to action to health care providers across the country to ensure they are implementing their infection control procedures, which they are required to maintain at all times. Additionally, CMS is announcing that, effective immediately and, until further notice, State Survey Agencies and Accrediting Organizations will focus their facility inspections exclusively on issues related to infection control and other serious health and safety threats, like allegations of abuse – beginning with nursing homes and hospitals. Critically, this shift in approach, first announced yesterday by Vice President Pence, will allow inspectors to focus their energies on addressing the spread of COVID-19.

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