Tag: surveys

Recent guidance by CMS addresses backlog of nursing home surveys

Over the pandemic, nursing home surveys fell behind because COVID-19 restrictions, creating a backlog for survey agencies (SAs). CMS is taking the following steps which will allow SAs to focus their efforts on identifying concerns for all aspects of quality of care, quality of life, and ensuring health and safety, as outlined in their guidance: […]

Free Webinar | Post-COVID Compliance Issues for SNFs

Sponsored by: IntelyCare and Vocera As SNFs see less COVID cases in their facilities, and CMS returns its focus to “normal” operations, providers need to transition as well. COVID waivers are sunsetting and compliance tasks that have been put on the backburner need to be focused on now. Phase 3 of the Mega Rule went into […]

TJC to resume unannounced survey visits

The Joint Commission (TJC) is returning to its more traditional survey activities – onsite and unannounced, as of March 15. In a statement in its Joint Commission Online weekly publication, TJC noted that COVID-19 caseloads have been decreasing. “The Joint Commission will return to its usual procedures prior to the pandemic. Organizations will no longer be receiving […]

Routine inspections to resume at nursing homes

CMS announced August 17 that routine inspections will resume for all Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers. Onsite revisit surveys, non-immediate jeopardy complaint surveys and annual recertification surveys will resume as soon as resources are available. CMS has also provided guidance on resolving enforcement cases that were previously on hold due to survey reprioritization […]

CMS releases nursing home COVID-19 data and inspection results

The first round of COVID-19 data collected from nursing homes is now available on Nursing Home Compare. The data shows that as of May 31, about 13,600 (88%) of Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes had reported the required data to the CDC. Within these facilities, there are over 95,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and almost 32,000 […]

Upcoming webinar: Survey Success for Long-Term Care

During this 60-minute webinar, industry experts Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, and Diane R. Hislop, RN, will review survey trends and help prepare providers for the new QIS-driven survey process. They will also teach participants how to develop a survey management program (including guidance for providing demonstrable evidence of compliance) and a cost-saving post-survey response […]

CMS shifts focus to Immediate Jeopardy and infection control inspections

CMS announced a focused effort on immediate jeopardy inspections and surveys focused on infection control for the next three weeks in a March 25 call. CMS is planning to conduct surveys in facilities without confirmed COVID-19 cases, but are located in areas where the virus is prevalent. After facility inspections, CMS will temporarily not conduct […]

SNF M&A: The Provider Number Trap

Editorial Note: This post has been republished with permission from the author, Reg’s blog. Over my career, I have done a fair amount of merger and acquisition (M&A) work, including: Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) Home health agencies (HHA) Physician practices Hospice While each deal has many nuances and issues, none […]