Tag Archives: Survey

CMS Encourages Providers/Suppliers Not To Put Off Emergency Preparedness Training Exercises; Educational Call Scheduled for April 27

CMS is reminding Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers that they will be expected to comply with training and testing requirements included in a September 2016 emergency preparedness final rule by November 15, 2017.  In particular, CMS warns providers and suppliers not to wait for interpretive guidance to begin planning emergency exercises, since those who … Continue Reading

GAO Recommends Improved CMS Nursing Home Quality Oversight

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report, “Nursing Home Quality: CMS Should Continue to Improve Data and Oversight,” examining changes in reported nursing home quality and related CMS oversight activities. According to the GAO, three nursing home data sets—standard survey deficiencies, reported staffing levels, and clinical quality measures—indicate potential improvement in nursing home … Continue Reading

CMS Finalizes Changes to Deeming Authority Survey, Certification, and Enforcement Rules

CMS has published a final rule that revises survey, certification, and enforcement procedures related to CMS oversight of national accrediting organizations (AOs), effective July 21, 2015. Among other things, the rule: revises standards for application and re-application procedures for national accrediting organizations; extends certain provisions that are applicable to Medicare-participating providers to Medicare-participating suppliers; modifies requirements … Continue Reading

CMS Proposes Updated Life Safety Code for Health Care Facilities

On April 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that would amend fire safety standards applicable to the following types of Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care facilities: hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities (skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, and distinct part skilled nursing facilities or nursing facilities), … Continue Reading

CMS Call on Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes (Feb. 26)

On February 26, 2014, CMS is hosting a call to discuss the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, which includes as a goal reducing the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications in nursing homes. This call will focus on the role of surveyors in the implementation of the partnership, the importance of leadership, … Continue Reading

Government Shutdown Update: Medicare Claims Processing Continues, but Other Key Functions on Hold

The ongoing partial federal government shutdown that began on October 1, 2013 due to the government funding impasse is having a varied impact on health care provider operations. CMS has ordered Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to continue to perform all Medicare claims processing and payment functions during the government shutdown. Some providers may experience the … Continue Reading

CMS Sequestration Guidance for State Surveyors, Medicare Part C & D Plans

CMS has issued guidance to state survey agencies explaining adjustments CMS is making to survey and certification operations to "accommodate sequestration with as little impact on the public as possible." The guidance discusses revisions in the frequency and timelines for various surveys and other survey changes in light of a 5% reduction to the FY … Continue Reading

CMS Proposes Revisions to Oversight Rules for Accreditation Organizations

On April 5, CMS published a proposed rule that would revise the survey, certification, and enforcement procedures related to CMS oversight of national accreditation organizations (AOs). These revisions would implement certain provisions of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 that removed legal distinctions between the Joint Commission hospital accreditation program and … Continue Reading
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