Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Matt Curley provided comments for an article in Modern Healthcare outlining the formation of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) commission tasked with assessing how long-term care facilities responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CMS announcement, this new commission “builds upon CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s five-part plan to ensure safety and quality in America’s nursing homes, which was announced in April 2019, and recent agency efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 within these facilities.”

“It would not be surprising to see CMS work much more closely with federal and state enforcement agencies in pursuing administrative, civil and criminal actions against operators in instances where there has been significant non-compliance with quality of care and safety standards,” said Matt.

The full article, “Independent Commission to Review Nursing Homes’ COVID-19 Response,” was published by Modern Healthcare on May 1 and is available online (subscription required).