CMS posts reminder to maintain COVID-19, flu protections

by A.J. Plunkett (

CMS wants hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare providers, “especially those delivering care in congregate care settings,” to protect patients against the transmission of COVID-19 and influenza.

In a Quality, Safety & Oversight Group memo to survey offices nationwide, CMS said “all providers and suppliers should continue to implement appropriate infection control protocols for COVID-19,” as well as the flu, and included links to CDC guidance on both.

The memo included reminded providers about the “importance of timely use of COVID-19 therapeutics” after a patient tests positive for the virus, and encouraged the continued emphasis on getting patients vaccinated.

Find the full two-page memo at

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