Surveyors likely will use provider COVID-19 reporting data during their investigations, according to the  American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. 

The organization issued the warning as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began its mandatory COVID-19 reporting for nursing homes. Operators should give an “accurate picture of staffing and [personal protective equipment]” to the federal government, AHCA said. 

Meanwhile, a majority of nursing homes across the United States have successfully enrolled in the National Healthcare Safety Network to report their COVID-19 data to the CDC. 

“That’s definitely a milestone that’s worth celebrating. Congratulations to you all,” said Jeneita Bell, M.D., NHSN, long-term care lead for the CDC, during a weekly stakeholder call in May.