COVID-19 Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention (Patient Triage, Placement and Discharge)

CMS MEMO March 4, 2020 (QSO-20-13) CMS is committed to the protection of patients and residents of healthcare facilities from the spread of infectious disease. This memorandum responds to questions received and provides guidance for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak and minimizing transmission to other individuals. Specifically, it addresses…

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Recommendations for Emergency Management compliance related to COVID-19

Two key aspects from the CDC’s web page will directly affect all healthcare facilities relative to Emergency Operation Plans (EOP) and the ability to effectively respond to the spread of COVID-19. Preparing for a potential surge in patients with respiratory infection, regardless of COVID-19 infection status Preparing for potential personal protective equipment supply and staff…

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SURVEY ACTIVITY SUSPENDED

In response to the threat posed by the spread of COVID-19, CMS has called for a suspension of most state agency and accrediting organization survey activities for the indefinite future. HFAP surveys that WILL go forward include: Incoming immediate jeopardy complaints alleging infection control breaches or abuse and neglect. Complaint Surveys (lower level than immediate…

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2020 Acute Care Manual

Prepublication Notice HFAP has submitted revisions to the 2018v2 Acute Care Hospital manual to CMS for approval. The revisions are to comply with the QSO 20-07 Burden Reduction Final Rules published on September 30, 2019. These changes are tentatively projected to become effective for surveys on or after May 4, 2020. When an effective date is set, we…

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