On April 13, 2020, CMS provided additional information regarding transferring or discharging residents based on COVID-19 status. In summary, if two or more certified LTC facilities wish to transfer or discharge residents between themselves for the purpose of cohorting, no additional approval is needed. However, if a certified LTC wishes to transfer or discharge a resident to a non-certified facility, approval from the State Survey Agency is required.
A complete copy of the guidance provided can be found at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-25-nh.pdf.
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