CMS S&C Nursing Home Action Plan – Strategy 2

In case you missed it, we have been discussing the CMS Survey & Certification group’s Nursing Home Action Plan on the CMSCG Blog, and this post will focus on the second strategy that CMS outlines, which is probably one of the most “near and dear” to our hearts at CMSCG, since we work with many of our clients on a wide array of pre-survey and post-survey compliance needs. Strategy 2 is “Strengthen Survey Process, Standards and Training,” and it is obvious that the S&C group would focus on survey compliance in its drive to improve quality in nursing homes. Let’s look at what CMS has been doing in the survey & certification area to drive this strategy:

Take a look at the October 2015 GAO report, “Nursing Home Quality: CMS Should Continue to Improve Data and Oversight,” and you’ll see that many of the identified problem areas in this report have become focus areas of this Action Plan. One other key element of this strategy is Infection Control in Long Term Care, which we will take a look at in a separate post.

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