Nursing Home Commission Reveals Divisions Over Response to COVID-19 and Recommends Immediate Improvements

September 17, 2020

An independent commission set up by the Trump administration to assess the impact of Covid-19 on nursing homes released dozens of recommendations on Wednesday but also revealed divisions over how to respond to the crisis.

The final report from the commission, which was established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in April, recommended immediate improvements to systems for testing and supplies of protective equipment, and changes for safe visitation, among other steps.

“We are pleased to see the commission acknowledge what we have been saying from the beginning—there must be shared responsibility with public health officials prioritizing our residents in long-term care and helping facilities acquire needed resources,” Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, said in a statement.

Read the full article in Barron’s.