If residents or staff members at your facility experience a COVID+ test result or are suspected of having COVID-19, the facility will need to report that information to a variety of constituencies. In addition to communicating with your local department of health to obtain and report test results, you may need to report to a state department of health, residents, and others.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires SNFs to inform residents, their families, and their representatives of COVID+ cases and clusters of respiratory illnesses in their facilities with ongoing updates of the same, and to report COVID+ cases directly to the CDC via the electronic National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

The sample policies here have been developed to assist your organization in complying with applicable reporting requirements.

COVID Resident & Staff Reporting Requirements

This sample policy outlines reporting COVID+ confirmed and probable cases in accordance with the CMS regulation.

CMS Federal Reporting
CMS Reporting

On May 8, 2020, CMS released an Interim Final Rule outlining obligations for SNFs to report certain COVID-19 information...