The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun a three-year pilot project to improve assessment of infection control and prevent regulations in nursing homes, hospitals, and during transitions of care.
All surveys during the pilot will be educational surveys, meaning no citation will be issued. New surveyor tools and processes will be developed and tested during the pilot. Ten pilot surveys to be conducted in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 will occur in nursing homes. Surveys in FY17 and FY18 will be conducted in nursing homes and hospitals.
It’s worth noting that although no citations will be issued, if an Immediate Jeopardy deficiency is noted, a referral to the CMS Regional Office will be made.
Read the CMS notice.