Recognizing the significant toll of separation of patients from family and other loved ones, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released guidance on hospital visitation. As hospitals continue to expand their necessary non-COVID-19 care, the issue of patient visitation grows as well. Because hospital patients are vulnerable to potential COVID-19 infection, CMS does not recommend completely reopening facilities to visitors until Phase III and instead provides guidance and criteria for when and how to allow greater visitation.
The hospital visitation guidance is available here.
Contact WHA’s Ann Zenk for questions about visitation or other COVID-19 considerations.