Mississippi State Department of Health

The Division of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification is the Mississippi regulatory agency responsible for licensing hospitals, nursing homes, personal care homes, home health agencies, ambulatory surgical facilities, birthing centers, abortion facilities, hospices, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, prescribed pediatric extended care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and pediatric skilled nursing facilities.

This division is also responsible for certifying health care facilities for participation in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Since the division requires health facilities to be in compliance with state and federal standards, the level of care delivered is continually reviewed and upgraded so that patients and residents can be better protected from abuse and neglect.

Holiday Guidelines for Long Term Care Facilities

In accordance with recent guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control, the MS State Department of Health is strongly discouraging residents in long term care from leaving facilities for holiday gatherings with family.

Residents in nursing homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, personal care homes or assisted living facilities who leave the facility should quarantine for 14 days upon return. This applies to day visits and/or overnight visits with family.

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Links referenced
Read CMS holiday guidelines    https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-facility-holiday-recommendations.pdf
COVID-19 Prevention and Response in Mississippi Long-Term Care Facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10151,420,pdf/COVID-19_LTCF_Guidance.pdf
Nursing Home Re-Opening Guidelines and Guidelines for Limited Outdoor Visitation    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10247,420,pdf/Nursing_home_opening.pdf
Re-opening Guidance for Licensed Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living Facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10246,420,pdf/PCH%2C_AL_COVID-19_Guidance.pdf
Guidelines For Visitation at Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10248,420,pdf/ICF-IID_COVID-19_Guidance.pdf
Phases 1-3 Attestation Forms for Long-Term Care Facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10479,420,pdf/LTC_attestation_forms.pdf
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