FAQs and Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement and Hospital Discharge

CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s health care facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the COVID-19.

Coordination with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local public health departments – We encourage all hospitals to monitor the CDC website for information and resources and contact their local health department when needed (CDC Resources for Health Care Facilities).

Hospital Guidance and Actions – CMS regulations and guidance support hospitals taking appropriate action to address potential and confirmed COVID cases and mitigate transmission including screening, discharge and transfers from the hospital, and visitation.