LeadingAge Statement on CMS Tightened Nursing Home Visitor Restrictions to Address Spread of Coronavirus

Press Release | March 13, 2020 | by Lisa Sanders

Response to Announcement by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma During Televised News Conference 

Contact: Lisa Sanders
202-508-9407 lsanders@leadingage.org

March 13, 2020 Washington D.C. -- LeadingAge, the association of mission-driven, aging-focused service providers, responds to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)’s Action Restricting Nursing Home Visitors to Address Spread of Coronavirus, announced by Administrator Seema Verma this afternoon at a televised press conference.

Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO, said: “LeadingAge supports the decision by CMS to restrict visitor access within nursing homes. Nursing homes provide crucial care for older adults, a group designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as being at heightened risk for COVID-19. This is an extremely challenging time. LeadingAge members are on the front lines of this public health crisis, caring for older people in nursing homes and other settings where they live and gather nationwide.

We recognize how difficult this will be for residents and their loved ones. Yet limiting residents to potential exposure is a crucial element of containment. While this is a significant change to the operating practices of most nursing homes, our members are dedicated to making the adjustments needed to prioritize and protect the needs of older adults and the staff who care for them.”

About LeadingAge: We represent more than 5,000 aging-focused organizations that touch millions of lives every day. Alongside our members and 38 state partners, we address critical issues by blending applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building. We bring together the most inventive minds in our field to support older adults as they age wherever they call home. We make America a better place to grow old. For more information: www.leadingage.org