The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an alert regarding holiday visitation in skilled nursing facilities, according to the latest COVID-19 update from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

During the holidays, facilities, residents, and visitors should continue to follow the guidelines for visitation and adhere to the core principles of infection prevention, such as remaining six feet or more apart, wearing a face covering at all times, and limiting the number of visitors in the nursing home at any one time, CMS said.

Families, residents, and providers need to work together to take precautions during the holidays to help reduce the risk of spread while supporting family and resident engagement as much as possible using these core infection prevention practices.

CMS recommends against residents leaving the nursing home during the public health emergency because it increases the resident’s risk for exposure to COVID-19.

The risk may be further increased by factors such as a resident’s health status, the spread of COVID-19 in the community (for example, cases or positivity rate), or attendance at large gatherings, the agency said. Read more.

In other developments, AHCA/NCAL said it has released an updated 3-Day Stay and Benefit-Period Waivers for Medicare Part A SNF PPS Fact Sheet here, as well as the accompanying webinar, here. 

Also, the association said there is a COVID-related webinar coming up on the calendar. On Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. (ET), AHCA/NCAL is hosting a discussion on the COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody. Register here.