The Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes released their final report.
Purpose of the Commission and This Report
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) tasked MITRE, the operator of the CMS
Alliance to Modernize Healthcare (Health FFRDC), with an urgent assignment: Convene a
commission of experts to address safety and quality in nursing homes in relation to the public
health emergency. The main purpose of the independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and
Quality in Nursing Homes (Commission) was to solicit lessons learned from the early days of the
pandemic and recommendations for future actions to improve infection prevention and control
measures, safety procedures, and the quality of life of residents within nursing homes. CMS
outlined four objectives for the Commission.
1. Identify best practices2 for facilities to enable rapid and effective identification and
mitigation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
transmission (and other infectious diseases) in nursing homes.
2. Recommend best practices as exemplars of rigorous infection control practices and
facility resiliency that can serve as a framework for enhanced oversight and quality
3. Identify best practices for improved care delivery and responsiveness to the needs of all
nursing home residents in preparation for, during, and following an emergency.
4. Leverage new data sources to improve upon existing infection control policies, and
enable coordinated actions across federal surveyors and contractors (as well as state and
local entities) to mitigate the effects of SARS-CoV-2 and future emergencies.