The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Tuesday issued proposed
guidance that would update and replace previous inflection control guidance for
the seasonal and H1N1 flu.
guidance focuses on the importance of vaccination and steps to minimize the
potential for exposure, such as respiratory hygiene, management of ill
healthcare workers, droplet and aerosol generating procedure precautions,
surveillance, and environmental and engineering controls. The guidance applies
to all healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, hospitals and home
CMS will accept comments on the guidance by July 22, 2010. It plans to
publish the guidance prior to the 2010-2011 flu season.