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Feds consider relaxing infection control in U.S. nursing homes

May 14, 2020

The federal government is considering rolling back infection control requirements in U.S. nursing homes, according to an article on the USA Today website.

The long-term-care industry's residents and workers are currently overwhelmed by the coronavirus.

A rule proposed last year by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would modify the amount of time an infection preventionist must devote to a facility from at least part-time to "sufficient time," an undefined term, according to the article. 

The regulation has not been finalized. The CMS said it aims to reduce regulatory burden and strengthen infection control.

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