Virgina nursing homes fall short in completing infection-control surveys

Posted at 12:41 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 00:41:15-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- More than half of Virginia's COVID-19 deaths are linked to long-term care facilities.

Among the state's 287 nursing homes, only 43 of them, or 15 percent, completed the federally required infection-control surveys.

Nationwide, 54 percent of all nursing homes have complied.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says it will reduce funds to states that don't get the surveys done by July 31 and increase penalties to nursing homes that don't practice longstanding infection-control procedures.