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Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

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At the request of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), MITRE is launching an effort to convene a new independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

About the Commission

President Trump announced on April 30, 2020, that CMS will establish an independent commission to help inform immediate and future responses to COVID-19 in nursing homes.  The formation of the independent Commission builds upon CMS’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.

The Commission will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the COVID-19 pandemic which will inform efforts to safeguard the health and quality of life of vulnerable Americans as CMS continues to battle COVID-19, as well as prepare for future threats to resident safety and public health. The Commission will consist of a diverse group of individuals which may include industry experts, clinicians, residents, patient advocates, family members, medical ethicists, administrators, academicians, infection control and prevention professionals, state and local authorities, and other stakeholders whose expertise can contribute to one or more of the areas on which the Commission will focus. The Commission will virtually convene at the beginning of June and may convene 2-3 additional times during the summer. The Commission’s work is expected to be completed by September 1, 2020.

MITRE is convening the Commission, which includes nominating and selecting members, facilitating meetings, and independently producing a final report to CMS regarding the commission’s findings and recommendations. MITRE will submit the final report to CMS on September 1, 2020.

To submit a nomination to be considered for membership on the Commission, please fill out and submit a brief nominee application and upload your CV or resume. The deadline for submissions is 5 PM EDT on Friday, May 22, 2020.

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