Vice President Mike Pence, White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma today met with long-term, post-acute, and palliative care providers to discuss issues surrounding the Coronavirus, its impact on the industry, and the role the industry plays our response.

The Vice President reiterated the President’s commitment to making the safety, security, and health of the American people a top priority while also outlining the massive efforts this Administration has taken across the entire federal government to prepare for the Coronavirus.

Administrator Verma announced new guidelines for surveyors to follow when surveying facilities with confirmed or presumptive cases of Coronavirus.

Ambassador Birx expressed the need for both the public and private sector to focus on populations at higher risk for the Coronavirus. Ensuring the safety and quality of America’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities continues to be a priority for this Administration.

PARTICIPANTS:
The Vice President
Ambassador Birx, M.D., White House Coronavirus Coordinator
Administrator Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
David Gifford, American Health Care Association, Chief Medical Officer
Stephen Flatt, CEO & Inside Director, National HealthCare Corporation
Debbie Meade, CEO Health Management, LLC
Barry Port, CEO, Ensign Services, INC.
Randy Bury, President, The Good Samaritan Society
Edo Banach, CEO, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Norman McRae, Founder, Caris Healthcare
Nicholas Westfall, CEO, VITAS Healthcare
Susan Lloyd, CEO, Delaware Hospice

For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html