Alabama Nursing Home Association statement on CMS releasing facility specific COVID-19 data
For Immediate Release: June 4, 2020
Alabama Nursing Home Association President & CEO Brandon Farmer today issued the following statement regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services releasing facility specific COVID-19 data.
“According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Alabama nursing homes report fewer cases of COVID-19 per 1,000 residents and fewer deaths from COVID-19 per 1,000 residents than the national average. Because we are on the front lines of fighting COVID-19, we expect the number of COVID-19 cases to rise as more tests are administered and the data is added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Alabama Nursing Home Association hopes this data will be used to prioritize resources for skilled nursing facilities.
“Alabama nursing homes have been transparent from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our members have reported cases to their local county health department and the Alabama Department of Public Health from the start. In May, we began reporting cases to the CDC. Facilities also inform residents and their family representatives and employees of cases in their buildings. We are following the guidelines set forth by the multiple state and federal agencies that regulate our sector. No other business or health care provider reports COVID-19 cases to more government entities and people than nursing homes.
“The Alabama Nursing Home Association and its members will continue to work with local, state and federal leaders to address the needs of nursing home residents and employees.”
About the Alabama Nursing Home Association
Founded in 1951, the Alabama Nursing Home Association represents 94% of the state’s nursing homes. It is Alabama’s oldest and largest long-term and post-acute care trade organization. For more information, visit anha.org. Alabama’s 231 nursing homes employ approximately 31,000 people who each day care for approximately 24,500 residents and short-term rehab patients. There is at least one nursing home in every Alabama county.