Effective Immediately: COVID-19 Phased Relaxation of Restrictions/Reopening Wisconsin Nursing Homes

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Division of Quality Assurance: Notifications & Updates

Attn: Nursing Home Providers

Effective Immediately: COVID-19 Phased Relaxation of Restrictions/Reopening Wisconsin Nursing Homes

On September 28, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revised CMS memo QSO-20-30-NH that included a phased relaxation of restrictions/reopening nursing homes plan for states and important guidance regarding visitation in CMS memo QSO-20-39-NH Revised (PDF).

Wisconsin has adopted the CMS recommended phased reopening plan in CMS memo QSO-20-30-NH. Please note CMS memo QSO-20-30-NH does not link to QSO-20-39-NH Revised (PDF). Please use the revised QSO-20-39-NH Revised (PDF) when relaxing restrictions and reopening your nursing home.

Effective immediately, nursing homes may enter and move through the reopening phases using the factors for informed decision making and the home’s ability to meet the criteria for implementation in CMS memo QSO-20-30-NH.

The Department of Health Services webpage, Phased Relaxation of Restrictions/Reopening Nursing Homes provides additional information unique to Wisconsin about the factors to consider when making informed decisions about relaxing restrictions in your facility.

Questions

If you have questions about this information, please contact your Division of Quality Assurance Bureau of Nursing Home Resident Care Regional Office.