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U.S. Government to Increase PPE Shipments to Nursing Homes

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May 1, 2020 - Today in the world of coronavirus news...

The federal government will increase inspections and shipments of equipment to nursing homes, which have been hotbeds of coronavirus cases, according to a news release on the White House website.

FEMA will start sending supplemental shipments of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes in the US, the release said, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will provide $81 million to the states to increase inspections.

A new rule being put in place will require nursing homes to report information about COVID-19 cases directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the release said. Nursing homes will also have to report cases to family members.

The administration will set up a Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes made up of industry experts, doctors, scientists, and patient advocates.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on May 01, 2020

Sources

White House Press Release April 30, 2020 

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