Updates for State Surveyors and Accrediting Organizations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to the protection of patients and residents of healthcare facilities from the spread of infectious disease. Every Medicare participating facility in the Nation’s healthcare system must adhere to standards for infection prevention and control in order to provide safe, high quality care. As concerns arise with the emerging 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, CMS encourages all healthcare facilities to carefully review the information provided by our partners at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Beginning March 4, 2020, CMS is suspending non-emergency survey inspections across the country, allowing inspectors to turn their focus on the most serious health and safety threats like infectious diseases and abuse.  This shift in approach will also allow inspectors to focus on addressing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In response to the Coronavirus threat (COVID-19), The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is urging State Survey Agencies (SAs) and Accrediting Organizations (AOs), as well as healthcare facilities, to maintain compliance with current CMS requirements and safety standards, specifically infection control procedures. Medicare/Medicaid certified providers and suppliers are strongly urged to monitor the COVID-19 CDC website as well as their State public health website and follow recommended guidelines and acceptable standards of practice. Recently issued guidance for SAs and AOs are as follows:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), CLIA Guidance During the COVID-19 Emergency (PDF)


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03/30/2020 04:57 PM