To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: DPH Releases COVID19 Template-Appendix A; CMS Issues S&C to State Survey Agencies on Compliance with Residents’ Rights Related to Voting
Date: October 7, 2020
COVID-19 Template – Appendix A for POC Testing
As a follow-up to DPH’s memo October 5th on Point of Care Testing Devices for Nursing Homes, the DPH has released the spreadsheet entitled “COVID19 Template - Appendix A” which was referenced in the memo.
CMS Issues S&C to State Survey Agencies on Compliance with
Residents’ Rights Related to Voting
On October 5, 2020, CMS S&C QSO-21-02-NH Compliance with Residents' Rights Requirements related to Nursing Home Residents’ Right to Vote to all State Survey Agencies. In this memo, CMS is affirming the continued right of nursing home residents to exercise their right to vote. While the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has resulted in limitations for visitors to enter the facility to assist residents, nursing homes must still ensure residents are able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. Please refer to Mass Senior Care’s memorandum on Voting for Long Term Care Residents for additional information on voting in Massachusetts.