CMS increases penalties following nearly 26K COVID-19 nursing home deaths

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The Trump administration has increased enforcement of states and nursing homes that have been repeat offenders for not following infection control practices.

The new penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) come after nursing homes became major hot spots for the spread of COVID-19.

Overall, nearly 26,000 COVID-19 deaths recorded as of May 24 were among nursing home residents, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Total nursing home resident COVID-19 infections topped 60,000.

“In some states, nursing home deaths may be over 40% of their total deaths,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma on a call with reporters Monday.

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