Industry stakeholders now have the opportunity to submit comments and suggestions to the new federal commission in charge of identifying best practices for providers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The White House’s new Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes has unveiled a new public engagement option on its website.

The new feature allows those interested to submit a publication or other resource for commission members to consider. Stakeholders also can share their perspectives based on their experience with nursing homes. Submissions should be no more than five pages and will be accepted until 5 p.m. EDT next Friday (July 17). 

The 25 members of the nursing home commission were announced in mid-June by the MITRE Corporation, a private contractor selected by the federal government to run the program.

The group includes major long-term care stakeholders, executives, researchers and consumer advocates, among others. PruittHealth Chairman and CEO Neil Pruitt Jr., Harvard healthcare policy expert David Grabowski, Ph.D., and LeadingAge California President and CEO Jeannee Parker Martin were among the 25 industry leaders named to the commission. 

The commission is tasked with reviewing nursing homes’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and coming up with recommendations for new regulations and procedures for future emergency situations. It is expected to issue a report by September.