SURVEY ACTIVITY RESUMES WITH FOCUS ON INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL

CMS announced on March 5, 2020 that the majority of deemed status surveys would be suspended due to the threat of COVID-19. This policy has been revised to allow hospital, CAH, and ASC surveys performed by HFAP and other accrediting organizations to resume. The four accreditation organizations (AO) with deeming authority for hospitals (HFAP, DNV,…

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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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