CMS QSO Memo updates F-tags and COVID-19 Focused Survey Tools to Include Reporting Requirements (5/20)

By CMS - May 07, 2020

Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes

Memo # QSO-20-29-NH

Posting Date 2020-05-06

Fiscal Year 2020



• CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s healthcare facilities are prepared to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).

• On May 8, 2020, CMS will publish an interim final rule with comment period. • COVID-19 Reporting Requirements: CMS is requiring nursing homes to report COVID-19 facility data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to residents, their representatives, and families of residents in facilities.

• Enforcement: Failure to report in accordance with 42 CFR §483.80(g) can result in an enforcement action.

• Updated Survey Tools: CMS has updated the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes, Entrance Conference Worksheet, COVID-19 Focused Survey Protocol, and Summary of the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes to reflect COVID-19 reporting requirements.

• COVID-19 Tags: F884 and F885.

• Transparency: CMS will begin posting data from the CDC National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for viewing by facilities, stakeholders, or the general public. The COVID-19 public use file will be available on