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Are You Survey Ready? Federal Remedies Soon Approaching

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Thu, Aug 18, 2016


Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency

In July 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a memorandum on the mandatory imposition of federal remedies and assessment factors used to determine the seriousness of deficiencies for nursing homes. 

Skilled Nursing Facilities, Nursing Facilities, and dually participating facilities are required to be in compliance with Medicare and Medicaid guidelines. Facilities have a responsibility to correct any deficiencies identified at the time of a Federal Survey in order avoid penalty, including termination of the provider agreement. CMS and State Survey agencies have no obligation to allow non-compliant facilities an opportunity to correct deficiencies prior to imposing federal enforcement remedies which include but are not limited to civil money penalties, directed plan of correction and temporary management. 

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Topics: CMS, Deficiencies, Federal Remedies

Ready to Exit? CMS Issues Survey & Certification Memo

Posted by The Harmony Team on Fri, Apr 01, 2016
On March 11, 2016 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Survey and Certification Memo 16-11-ALL to the State Survey Agency Directors.  This memo was made public to providers, and it clarifies guidance to surveyors regarding the procedure for conducting the Exit Conference of a survey.  The memo was issued due to many questions to the CMS regarding the level of specificity that surveyors should give during the Exit Conference regarding the deficiencies found during the conduct of federal surveys.  The policy will affect all Surveyors conducting Federal surveys and for all types of Federal Surveyors.  The CMS has revised the State Operations Manual (SOM), Chapters 2 and 5, and Appendix P to reflect these changes.
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Topics: Survey, Exit Conference, Deficiencies

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