Expert Maureen McCarthy, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, and CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP, a care coordination service provider, joins us to talk about what SNF audits may look like after the pandemic.
CMS announced August 17 that routine inspections will resume for all Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers. Onsite revisit surveys, non-immediate jeopardy complaint surveys and annual recertification surveys will resume as soon as resources are available. CMS has also provided guidance on resolving enforcement cases that were previously on hold due to survey reprioritization during the pandemic.
Today, long-term care expert Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT, CQP, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC., discusses how nurses can recognize when the care they are providing is skilled and how COVID-19 impacts skilled care and documentation. We also dive into lessons learned from northeast facilities as COVID cases rise in the other parts of the country. Don’t recreate the wheel on COVID-19 prevention and management, learn from others who have been there!
SNF surveys have pivoted over the past few months to focus on infection control amid COVID-19 outbreaks. “CMS did refocus their efforts in the midst of the pandemic to make sure that they can provide support to the community that we serve, as well as facilities by making sure that facilities were compliant with infection control practices,” explains Stefanie Corbett, DHA, in the Post-Acute Advisor podcast “Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs,” available on SoundCloud. However, resident care is something that all SNFs should focus on every single day and be prepared for when regular surveys resume.
The Trump Administration unveiled enhanced enforcement June 1 for SNF infection control policies amid COVID-19. SNFs will be subject to additional civil money penalties as well as enforcement by CMS for persistent survey deficiencies from targeted infection control surveys.