Surveyors - McKnight's Long Term Care News


Bill Vaughan, RN

How soon is soon enough?

The word “immediate” in the State Operation Manual, Appendix PP – Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities can be interpreted in multiple ways. Determining the timing of interventions through a thoughtful risk/benefit analysis, based on the needs of residents, will surely promote better clinical and survey outcomes.

Resident assessments and care planning quality are threatened by nurses' unrelated duties, survey fi

No timeline for official QAPI regulation, but surveyors are learning program basics, CMS official says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services still cannot say when an official regulation will be established for the Quality Assessment and Performance Initiative, but that’s not stopping the agency from moving forward with QAPI initiatives. Providers should feel confident they will be well prepared for QAPI by following the recommendations in recently posted online materials, said CMS project officer Deborah Lyons, RN.

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