Specialized Information for:

Long-Term Care ConsumersFamily MembersAdvocatesCOVID-19

News Article

Back to News Listing

Consumer Voice Executive Director Lori Smetanka Named to Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

June 22, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the membership of the independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes, including Consumer Voice Executive Director Lori Smetanka.  CMS has directed the Commission to perform an independent review and comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  CMS tasked independent contractor MITRE Corporation to select members for the Commission and facilitate the Comission's work.  The Commission’s review will help inform current and future responses to COVID-19 and potential future infectious disease outbreaks within nursing homes. 

The Commission includes 25 members, selected from over 800 applicants, with a variety of expertise and backgrounds including resident advocates, infectious disease experts, directors and administrators of nursing homes, academics, state authorities, clinicians, a medical ethicist and a nursing home resident. 

Learn more and see the full list of Commission members in CMS's press release.

Back to News Listing