On March 23, 2020, CMS Memo QSO-20-20-All summarized the prioritization of survey activities for long-term care facilities (nursing homes), hospitals, home health agencies, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and hospices.
A COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes survey tool was presented at the end of the memo. The CMS memo states, “We are disseminating the Infection Control survey developed by CMS and CDC so facilities can educate themselves on the latest practices and expectations. We expect facilities to use this new process, in conjunction with the latest guidance from CDC, to perform a voluntary self-assessment of their ability to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. This document may be requested by surveyors, if an onsite investigation takes place.” Additional instructions on education and signage, visitor limitations, and healthcare staff access were provided.
As we navigate through this uncertain time, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network will continue to provide resources and guidance best we can. The information we offer will be from reliable sources and will be relevant and timely. To our healthcare partners and community, thank you for your efforts every day to keep our community and family members safe. We are grateful.